Nobles’s 42-41 win over Rivers Sunday for the NEPSAC Class A girls’ basketball title was down-to-the-wire, hold-onto-your-seat exciting. But it was hardly surprising. The two top teams in the ISL were meeting with a title on the line for the second time in a little more than two weeks. Nobles won the ISL regular-season title Feb. 15. That score? 42-41.
If the score was a mirror image so was the title, with Nobles winning its second straight NEPSAC championship to finish at 27-0. The Bulldogs came back from a 10-point deficit with five minutes to play to beat Rivers at Loomis Chaffee.
Junior Kate Kerrigan began the comeback with a 3-pointer, followed by another from Katey Benzen. Rivers added a free throw before sophomore Alex Maund of Mattapan (7 points, 13 rebounds to earn MVP honors) hit two baskets to cut the margin to 1. Kerrigan then hit the winner with 35 seconds left to go up, 42-41.
Rivers had possession following a missed free throw with 2.2 seconds left but Nobles stole the inbounds pass and the title.
Division 2 North
North Andover 66, Concord-Carlisle 49 — Derek Collins led all scorers with 22 points for the Knights.
Division 1 North
Westford 82, Lexington 44 — Christina Nowak had 18 points for the Grey Ghosts.
Division 2 North
Reading 62, Burlington 40 — The Rockets pulled away in the third quarter to beat their Middlesex rivals for the second time this season and improve to 21-0.
Wilmington 54, Danvers 47 — Michelle Woods had 20 points and Christa Brent had 13 points for the host Wildcats.
North Andover 57, Arlington Catholic 43 — Morgan Lumb scored 22 points to lead the Knights into the semifinals.
NEPSAC Class C
Beaver Country Day 52, Kimball Union 33 — Mattapan’s Adi Alicea-Cordero earned MVP honors for Beaver Country Day.
NEPSAC Class D
Hamden Hall Country Day 43, Lexington Christian 38 — Krystina Reynolds earned Class D MVP honors for Hamden Hall.
NEPSAC Class E
Brimmer & May 33, Falmouth Academy 23 — Heather Gates had 12 points and seven assists to spark the Gators in the final.
NEPSAC Class A
Phillips Exeter 58, Choate 47 — Top-seeded Exeter (25-1) made history by winning its first title, beating second-seeded Choate (21-4).
NEPSAC Class AA
Cushing 61, St. Andrew’s 60 — Trailing by 2 points with 3.3 seconds remaining, Roxbury native Jalen Adams (14 points) hit a dramatic half-court bank shot as time expired to give Cushing a thrilling win for the title.
Division 2 State
Duxbury 5, Archbishop Williams 0 — Hannah Murphy scored twice and added an assist giving her 200 career points as the Green Dragons (20-1-2) rolled into the semifinals. Jane Dudley also scored two goals
NEPSAC Division 1
Nobles 4, Choate 0 — Nobles won its second straight title behind the sister duo of goalie Brianna (12 saves) and Lexie Laing (two goals).