Boston High School: Maura Buckley

Top MIAA hoop performances: March 1

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Each and every night throughout the MIAA basketball playoff season, we will highlight the state's top performances. Here are my top performances from Saturday's slate of MIAA basketball state tournament play.

As a reminder, readers are encouraged to submit their top performances via email (bhall@espnboston.com) or tweeting at ESPN Boston High Schools editor Brendan Hall (@BHallESPN). Deadline for all submissions each night is midnight.

1. Meghan Foley, Soph. G, Mystic Valley
Registered 33 points and 12 rebounds in a 68-61 win over Maimonides in a D4 North quarterfinal. Twenty-three of her 33 came in the second half as Mystic Valley overcame an eight-point second half deficit. Playing all 32 minutes, she only committed two turnovers.

2. Matt Weso, Jr. C, Arlington Catholic
Nearly had a 20-20 night for the Cougars in their 70-50 win over Swampscott in D3 North, registering 19 points and 20 rebounds.

3. Amy Assad, Jr. F, Millis
Totaled 21 points and 14 rebounds in the Mohawks' 50-35 upset of Greater Lowell in D4 Central.

4. Colleen Corcoran, Soph. F, Bishop Fenwick
Registered 22 points and 13 rebounds in the Shamrocks' 49-35 win over cross-town rival Attleboro in D1 South.

5. Shaquan Murray, Sr. G, New Mission
Filled up the stat sheet with 20 points, eight rebounds and six steals in the Titans' win over Burlington in D2 North.

6. Erin Antosh, Fr. F, North Middlesex
Catalyzed the Patriots with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Patriots' 52-38 win over Taconic in D2 West.

7. Diondra Woumn, Sr. G, Lynn English
Registered her 1,000th point, part of a 15-point effort, in the Bulldogs' easy defeat of Billerica in D1 North.

8. Sue Rose, Sr. G, Hamilton-Wenham
Racked up 10 assists, to go along with 15 points, in the Generals' win over Dracut in D2 North.

9. Devon Chase, Fr. F, Stoneham
Came off the bench to spark the Spartans with 12 points and 14 rebounds in a D3 North quarterfinal win over Greater Lawrence.

Maura Buckley, Sr. F, Arlington Catholic
Scored her 1,000th point, part of a 17-point outburst, in the Cougars' D2 North win over Pentucket.

Recap: Arlington Catholic 46, No. 6 Cambridge 39

December, 19, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Mass. -– Despite an All-State performance from Cambridge senior Donnaizha Fountain, the Arlington Catholic Lady Cougars held on for a hard fought 46-39 victory.

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Ryan Kilian for ESPNBoston.comThe Georgia Tech-signed Donnaizha Fountain stole the show for Cambridge, with 30 points, 10 rebounds, eight blocks and five steals.
Arlington Catholic head coach Dave Brady knew that he would have some challenges early in the season, after graduating some key seniors from last year’s squad that went 21-5 and lost in the Division 2 North finals to eventual state champion Reading.

“We lost a couple of really special players from last year’s team along with their leadership,” Brady said. “This is a new chapter at AC and we are going to work to get there with these players.”

Arlington Catholic (3-0) led throughout the entire game and hung on for the win despite Cambridge (1-1) cutting the lead to two points at 32-30 with five minutes remaining in the game.

“I thought we came out and played with the poise and structure that we like to play with tonight,” Brady said. “There were times when we got away from it a little and we still have work to do a the end of game execution.”

The Georgia Tech-bound Fountain scored all nine of her team’s points in the third quarter and 18 of Cambridge’s 20 second-half points in the comeback effort.

Fountain scored a game-high 30 points on the night to go along with 10 rebounds, five steals and an impressive eight blocked shots.

“Our girls did not take many bad shots tonight,” Brady said. “She (Fountain) just had some amazing blocked shots tonight where we would take shots and low and behold there she was.”

Arlington Catholic received their own clutch performance from junior forward Maura Buckley, who led the Lady Cougars on the night with 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

“Mo (Buckley) is a five-tool player for us,” Brady said. “She is a well-rounded player who really does so much for us on the court. It is her turn now to step up in the line of great AC players before her. ”

AC also got a well-rounded game from senior captain Allie Whitney. Whitney scored six points, pulled down six rebounds and had three steals in the win.

AC travels to St. Mary’s (Lynn) on Friday night in early season match-up between unbeaten Catholic Central Large powers.

Big Shot: With AC fighting off a spirited Cambridge rally late in the fourth quarter, guard Brittany Kotzuba nailed a clutch corner 3-pointer to extend the lead to 39-32.

Kotzuba took a kick-out pass from sophomore guard Melissa Rogers, who dribbled baseline and found the junior for the key basket.

Rogers also made her share of big plays in the game, including taking two charges in the first minute of the second half to help lift the AC defensive effort.

All-Around Game: As impressive as Fountain was with the ball in her hands she was equally impressive on the defensive end of the court. Her eight blocks and five steals all came at critical times as she helped keep the Falcons in the contest.

Fountain also displayed her elite athleticism in the second half, as she took the ball at the top of the key and ripped her way through the AC defense for consecutive baskets at the rim. Fountain also showed a balanced offensive repertoire as she showcased an improving perimeter game nailing a big second half 3-pointer and two deep buckets to extend the AC defense.

“She just made some fantastic shots tonight,” Brady said. “It did not seem to matter how many people were draped all over her. She is really an unusual player and one of the better ones that I have ever seen in high school.”

ESPNBoston's Hoops Finals Picks

March, 18, 2011
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We've got you covered from the first tip-off to the final buzzer tomorrow at Worcester's DCU Center, home of six MIAA basketball state championships. But for now, to whet your appetite, here's high school editor Brendan Hall's picks for each of the six games.

DIVISION 3 GIRLS: LEE (24-1) VS. ST. MARY'S OF LYNN (23-4)
The Lowdown: In a season of relative unknowns in Division 3, the Wildcats of Lee dominated Western Mass again, albeit to nobody's surprise. Puncutated by wins over Division 1 finalist Amherst and Division 3 juggernaut Sabis (which was averaging nearly 70 points per game before falling in the D3 West final to Lee), the Wildcats are at it again with that famously dogged press of theirs. Always undersized yet always relentless, they blitzed Pentucket a year ago on the DCU floor en route to their sixth state title in 20 years, and could be up to their same old tricks tomorrow morning. St. Mary's, meanwhile, has size all over the place, led by the senior "Twin Towers" of 6-foot-2 center Tori Faieta and 5-foot-11 forward Cassi Amenta. The Spartans beat Lee a month ago, 71-60, in a tournament just before the start of the MIAA playoffs.
Hall's Pick: History says to never take Lee lightly -- no matter what shape or size it comes in. But unfortunately, there is just too much size to be accounted for on St. Mary's side of things. Not that they're unbeatable, but I just think the Spartans will control the glass. St. Mary's, 50-45.

DIVISION 3 BOYS: WHITINSVILLE CHRISTIAN (22-2) VS. WATERTOWN (19-5)
The Lowdown: Another matchup that on paper looks uneven, the Whitinsville Christian Crusaders boast plenty of size behind 6-foot-9 Hans Miersma, who dominated Lenox in Wednesday night's Central/West semifinal. Meanwhile, Watertown's tallest player is 6-foot-3 senior forward Connor Stockdale -- whom head coach Steve Harrington likens to another point guard on the floor -- and Marco Coppola, one of the state's leading scorers with 25 points per game. Whitinsville excels in the 2-3 zone but isn't afraid to quickly drop it and play straight man should they get into early trouble. But this is Harrington's Raiders, which means you're likely to see four things: weakside post, four out, pick and roll, perimeter shots. In other words, don't take the Raiders lightly, especially if they don't try to challenge Miersma immediately at the rim.
Hall's Pick: The tale of the tape favors Whitinsville, just based on the size it wields in the frontcourt. But Steve Harrington is one of the best coaches in New England, and you can guarantee he's going to draw up a hell of a game plan to try and neutralize the size advantage. Whitinsville Christian, 65-64.

DIVISION 2 GIRLS: ARLINGTON CATHOLIC (20-6) VS. MILLBURY (23-1)
The Lowdown: The Arlington Catholic Cougars -- led by Emma Roberson, Nicole Catizone, and sisters Rachel and Maura Buckley -- can be viewed as a green bunch with all of their youth abound. But on Monday night at TD Garden, they pulled off one of the more impressive feats in recent EMass Finals history, clawing back from 18 down with six minutes left in the first half to take a halftime lead over Hopkinton and hold it up. Meanwhile, Millbury has burned opponents in the transition game all season long, beating opponents in the playoffs so far by an average of 16.5 points per game. Out on the break, seniors Julie Frankian (19.1 points, 8.3 rebounds) and Sydney Bloomstein (9.5, 6.1) have been as formidable duo as we've seen in Division 2.
Hall's Pick: Sorry, AC. That was an amazing comeback you pulled over Hopkinton over the Garden. But this is Julie Frankian's moment in the sun. Millbury, 60-48.

DIVISION 2 BOYS: NORTHBRIDGE (20-5) VS. NEW MISSION (21-4)
The Lowdown: Mission was the odds-on favorite in Division 2 headed into the season, and hasn't done a whole lot to convince otherwise. Led by three Northeast-10 ready senior guards in Samir McDaniels, Kachi Nzerem and Darius Davis; as well as Charles Gunter, Leroy Hamilton, and Isshiah Coleman on the blocks; the Titans have begun to find that scoring touch around the rim that was missing for stretches this season. They also like to wear opponents out with a smothering, physical man-to-man defense -- as head coach Cory McCarthy often tells reporters, "The uglier, the better." Good news for the Titans: Northbridge relishes in that style, too. Eight of its players were on the Rams squad that won a Division 2 football Central Mass Super Bowl this past fall, and have brought that aggressive mentality to the floor with forwards (and brothers) Thomas and Harrison Murphy. Also watch out for Corey Pryor, who burned Sabis on Wednesday night with a series of uncontest layups en route to 24 points.
Hall's Pick: Cory McCarthy is known to fill up a reporter's notebook fairly quickly with his endless arsenal of money quotes. But the one that still resonates above the rest is the one he gave our correspondent Adam Kurkjian back in December: "I love these kids. I would do anything for these kids. And I feel like they will eat glass for me." Remember that one if this is close in the waning minutes. Mission, 58-47.

DIVISION 1 GIRLS: ANDOVER (26-1) VS. AMHERST (22-2)
The Lowdown: Amherst, written off the in preseason after the transfer of Mariah Lesure to Tabor Academy, has rolled through Western Mass, and arrives in Worcester after a thrilling overtime defeat of Algonquin in Tuesday's Central/West state semifinal. Much of the Hurricanes' emergence has to do with the maturation of their junior class led by Brianna Leonard (11.1 points), Morbasaw Nkambeo (10.0) and Kristen Ferrola (9.3). The Golden Warriors, meanwhile, were one of several heavy favorites in Division 1 headed into the season, and save a lone regular-season blip to Central Catholic have done nothing to deter that thinking. Much has been made of Andover's Division 1-ready backcourt led by Marist-bound senior Natalie Gomez-Martinez and BC-bound junior Nicole Boudreau, the state's newly-anointed Gatorade Player of the Year. But the Warriors excel on the boards, too, behind junior Ally Fazio and sophomore Devon Caveney.
Hall's Pick: At the risk of jinxing this...should Andover win, I don't think it's out of the realm to think the Warriors have a shot next season at making it the first Division 1 girls three-peat since Haverhill in the mid-90's. Long Live The MVC. Andover, 70-60.

DIVISION 1 BOYS: ST. JOHN'S PREP (24-1) VS. ST. JOHN'S OF SHREWSBURY (21-5)
The Lowdown: After the loss of Ryan Kelley (ACL tear) and stalemate of a Central Final defeat of Fitchburg (40-38), some questioned whether Shrewsbury was ripe for the picking. The Pioneers put an end to that doubt on Wednesday night, handling a talented Northampton squad with physical defense and clutch shooting from Matt Harrington. Head coach Bob Foley is known for his Princeton-ish offense, this year led by forward pivots Matt Palecki and Richard Rodgers, but we've seen the Pioneers transition teams to death in state championships past (Lynn English, 2009, anyone?). This marks the fourth straight D1 final appearance for SJS, while Prep is making its first appearance since 1974. The matchup of the day might be Pat Connaughton versus Rodgers (we'll just assume that's what Prep head coach Sean Connolly will do for now), but the Eagles have prided themselves all year long on the work of their role players. Every game, it's a different kid stepping up, between Steve Haladyna, Freddy Shove, Mike Carbone, Owen Marchetti and Isaiah Robinson.
Hall's Pick: It's going to be a rockfight on the court, and both student sections are going to be rocking out. And I do mean rocking. I literally can't wait. By the way, every high school fan ever, you've got your work cut out for you after Northampton's "Full Metal Jacket" routine the other night at DCU. Prep, 45-41.

AC girls handle Gloucester to win D2 North

March, 13, 2011
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LOWELL, Mass. -- It was Gloucester’s potent offense against the stingy defense of Arlington Catholic that provided the storyline for this year’s Division 2 North girls basketball final last night.

Taking the court at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, No. 5 Cougars had allowed 32.3 points per game during the tournament. Sixth-seeded Gloucester countered by entering the game with an average 60 points per game in its postseason run.

The Cougars came away with a 62-49 win, sending them to their second D-2 state semifinal appearance in three years. Arlington Catholic will take on the South sectional champion tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the TD Garden.

“It’s a young team and we had to learn a lot at the beginning of the year. The way they came out and put it all together was very nice to see,” Cougars head coach Dave Brady said. “We were adjusting to their offense and knew they were a powerful offense that could score and score fast so our goal was to contain their guards and be consistent with our shots.”

The Fishermen relied on sisters and 5-foot-7 guards Hannah and Heather Cain, a senior and junior respectively, who served as the anchor of the offensive attack. Meanwhile, the Cougars featured their own pair of sisters in 5-foot-9 senior center Rachel Buckley and 5-foot-10 freshman forward Maura Buckley.

“This is really kind of crazy because the beginning of the year no one really thought we were going to get deep into the postseason because we had a pretty young team,” the elder Buckley said. “We knew their guards were really good and we saw the way they shut down Reading and knew it was going to be a classic matchup of a really good offense against a really good defense.”

AC, which had outscored the opposition by 81 points in their previous three games, trailed the majority of the first quarter, quickly dropping into a 12-2 hole. The Cougars took a 17-16 lead off an Erin Klein layup to open the second quarter and never looked back, holding on to a 33-29 lead at the half and a 46-41 advantage after three quarters.

Junior Emma Roberson, a 5-foot-8 guard, led the Cougars with 20 points. Junior Nicole Catizone followed up with 16 points, while Maura Buckley added 15 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Leading the Fishermen were Hannah and Heather Cain, with 16 and 14 points respectively. Audrey Knowlton also added 14 points, while Katrina Munroe sank nine.

“The defense has been the cornerstone of our game all year and we knew it would have to be that way in the postseason as well,” Brady said. “This was one of the most challenging games of the tournament for us and they really stayed composed and level throughout.”

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