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Eagles girls’ basketball team falls in first round of state tournament

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  The girls’ basketball team of Mystic Valley Regional Charter School saw its season come to an end, falling to Ayer-Shirley in MIAA Division 5 state tournament action, 39-35, before a spirited crowd, many of whom made the one-hour-plus trip from the Malden area. Engaged in a defensive struggle for most of the contest, neither team was able to pull away. As the fourth quarter began, the Maroon & Gold (10-11) got within two of the Panthers but were never able to get any closer.

  At the game, senior captain Mairead St. Clair made her final visit to the hardwood a memorable one with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow senior captain Lili Palomino added six points. In what is a great sign of things to come, freshman Bailey DeLeire – a starter all season long – continued her strong play at point guard while contributing nine points.

  “While the outcome certainly stings, it doesn’t not take away how hard this team played and competed tonight and all season,” said Head Coach Jonathan Currier. “Ayer-Shirley played a unique style which we didn’t have much time to prepare for, and credit them, they are a good basketball team. Our team is solid as well. I was glad to see Mairead finish what has been a stellar career with such a strong effort.”

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