EMMA ROSE had a great game for the Pioneers against Newburyport on Feb. 14 finishing with a season-high 18 points. (File Photo)



After press time: Lynnfield defeats Shawsheen Tech 32-30 (Feb  21)


BYFIELD — On Feb. 15, the Lynnfield High girls’ basketball team lost to Triton, 53-30, up in Byfield. With that win, the Vikings were able to complete the season sweep over the Pioneers as they won, 54-41, in the first meeting on Feb. 19.

The Pioneers record dropped to 6-12 overall and 5-10 in the Cape Ann League. The Vikings, meanwhile, improved to 10-9 overall and 8-7 in the league.

“We didn’t shoot very well,” admitted Pioneers head coach Sue Breen, whose squad only shot 18 percent from the field. “Triton is a good defensive team and it was their Senior Night as well.”

Triton led this game, 26-14, at the half and they continued to pull away in the third quarter outscoring the Pioneers, 15-7, to extend the lead to 20.

The Pioneers were led in scoring by Hayden Valiton as the freshman had 13 points. She also had seven rebounds and three steals.

Emma Rose had seven points and three assists while Taylor Valiton chipped in five points and six rebounds. Erika Pasquale led the team in rebounds with eight.

The night before, Lynnfield was edged, 51-50 by Newburyport at home. The Clippers were also able to sweep the Pioneers as they won, 43-29, back on Jan. 12.

“We played a great game,” said Breen, despite the result. “This is the most points we have scored this year.”

In the first half, it was nip-and-tuck as the Clippers led, 22-21, at halftime.

Lynnfield was then outscored, 13-7, in the third quarter but then the Pioneers broke out for 22 points in the fourth coming one point shy of sending the game into overtime.

Down, 51-45, with 16 seconds left, Rose hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to four. Then, after Triton missed their free throws after getting fouled, Ava Gamache hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Rose had a season-high 18 points.

“That was her best game of the year,” stated Breen. “She was awesome.”

Hayden Valiton had 13 points, seven boards and three steals. Fellow ninth-grader, Maeve Wertz, added seven points while Pasquale, who was making her return after an injury she suffered in late January, had six points and eight rebounds. Taylor Valiton led the Pioneers in rebounds with 10.

Lynnfield will not qualify for the Division 3 state tournament as they entered this week seeded 41st in the MIAA Division 3 rankings.

Only the top 32 teams, regardless of overall record, automatically qualify and the regular season ends later this week.

Lynnfield made the states last winter and missed qualifying by only one win two seasons ago.