Sports: Belmont Girls’ Hoops Off to Marblehead in Playoff Opener


Coming off a Seniors Night loss to top-ten Division 1 Lexington High on Thursday, Feb. 25, Belmont High School Girls’ Basketball entered the MIAA Division 2 North sectional tournament at 11-9, the same record as Melrose, a fellow Middlesex League team.

Since Belmont beat the Red Raiders’ 61-54 in the season opener and recieved the higher seed, the Marauders will be taking what experience says is a trying and long (weekday) road trip to far away Marblehead to play the Magicians in a first round matchup on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

The 10th seeded Marauders (11-9) brings its typical hard defensive approach to the game to 7th seed Marblehead (14-6) which is coming off a pair of low-scoring losses to end the season. Middlesex League All-Star sophomore point guard Carly Christofori will generate the offense as the three senior captains – Sarah Stewart, Samari Winklaar and Irini Nickolaidis – will use their experience from last year’s deep playoff run to spark the team on both ends of the court. 

The Magicians brings a tall, physical team led by juniors Abby Settelmeyer and Nicole Freddo in the front court while point guard Colby Shea is the team’s quarterback. 

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