DRACUT - The Dracut seventh-grade boys travel basketball team cruised to a 46-38 win over Andover Gold to improve their record to 17-5. Aise Pream's 12 points led a balanced Middies offense as nine players scored for Dracut.
Mitchell Monette, Trevor Usher, Cam McCullough, Colby Manzueta, Michael Patterson, William Peters, Jeremy Gray and Kevin Carney chipped in points as the boys played together as a team. Jaeden Yylton disrupted Andover's guards throughout the game and Matt Rossetti pulled down rebounds as Dracut moves into 3rd place in the competitive Merrimack Valley League.
Meanwhile, the Dracut eighth-grade girls travel team struggled early in a tough 35-26 win over Stoneham. The Lady Middies trailed at the half 15-14 as they just couldn't hit any free throws or convert any layups.
Trevor Usher takes the tip off for the Middies
But Melissa Iannuzzo saved the day by putting up17 points to help Dracut improve to 14-1. Julia Otoski (5), Ashley Armano (2), Lilly King (2) and Jaxy Marquez (2) also scored.
Dracut's relentless defense shut down the Lady Spartans in the second half. Meghan Carney and Fatta Scott both collected eight rebounds as Andrea Guerrero and Meghan Cox committed steals.
Meghan Carney's 3-point play with 43 seconds remaining and subsequent free throw 30 seconds later made the difference as the Lady Middies got past a strong North Andover squad 34-30. North Andover came into this game with only two losses and in second place behind the Lady Middies knowing a win would put them back into title contention.
But Dracut played well in this back-and-forth contest. Melissa Iannuzzo (13), Jaxy Marquez (5) and Lilly King (4) tallied for the 15-1 Lady Middies. Fatta Scott ruled the boards with 9 rebounds and Julia Otoski ripped down 4 and Sarah Wilson grabbing 2. Ashley Armano, Andrea Guerrero and Meghan Cox had steals in this thrilling playoff atmosphere affair.
Scoring 2 points for the Lady Middies is Melissa Iannuzzo
Lilly King and Ashley Armano battle for a loose ball against North Andover
Hitting a free throw is Jeremy Gray of Dracut