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Historic night for Loughnane, BC High

March 2, 2017 GMT

Ask BC High basketball coach Bill Loughnane how many career wins he has, and he will respond with the amount of state championships he has won.

Last night, though, all that mattered was the number 200.

With the No.?2 Eagles’ 53-41 victory over No.?11 Marshfield in the first round of the Division 1 South tournament, Loughnane became the first hoop coach in Massachusetts high school history to win 200 games at two schools.

“It is always about the players,” said Loughnane, who won 237 games and three state championships at South Boston from 1985-2004. “I thank them every week for showing up because they do not have to be here. You’re happy you have them and you’re happy they compete to the level that they do.”

Over his 13 years at BC High, he now owns a record of 200-84 to go along with a state championship, two South sectional titles and six Catholic Conference crowns.

BC High (19-2) was led by 22 points from Carl Pierre, whose 3-pointer gave the Eagles a 32-20 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Pierre scored 12 points, and Troy Salmans added a pair of baskets to push the Eagles lead to 20 over Marshfield (5-12) heading into the final stanza.

In Div. 1 South first round play, Oskar Coulter led a balanced attack with 14 points as No.?11 Newton South (13-8) stunned sixth-seeded Newton North, 78-72. .?.?. No.?1 Mansfield (21-2) topped No. 17 Brockton, 77-57, thanks to Christian Weber’s 16 points. .?.?. Nick Timberlake scored 30 points, including the 1,000th of his career, as No.?10 Braintree (12-7) defeated No.?7 North Attleboro, 70-67. .?.?. Thomas Shaughnessy had 34 points as No.?3 Needham (17-4) took care of No.?14 Barnstable, 68-58.

Danny Yardemian scored 19 points to lead No.?6 Belmont (16-5) to a 70-51 victory over No.?11 Chelsea.

Jack Spillane dropped 26 points and Nick Welch put up another 24 as No.?11 Oliver Ames (13-10) upended No.?6 Milton 89-74 in a Division 2 South first round matchup. .?.?. Mark Clagg finished with 14 points as No.?10 Foxboro (12-9) beat No.?7 Nauset in overtime, 54-51.

Girls basketball

No.?4 Coyle & Cassidy (18-3) shrugged off a slow start by its youngsters to take control and cruise past No.?13 Norwell, 57-43, in a Div. 3 South first round contest. Samantha Hourihan had 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Warriors.

Paris Wilker posted 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead No.?4 Lynn Classical (18-5) to a 59-47 victory over No.?13 North Andover in a Div. 1 North first-rounder.

Laura Mendell scored 23 points to help No.?2 Westport (20-1) march to a 68-37 victory over No.?15 Cape Cod Academy in Divison 4 South first round action. .?.?. Elle Hansen led the way with 12 points and four assists for No. 6 Cohasset (16-7) in a 66-29 win over No.?11 Blue Hills.

Meaghan Rabb scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as No.?1 Hanover (18-1) dispatched Dedham, 55-37 in Div. 3 South playoff action. .?.?. Asiah Dingle led four double-figure scorers with 17 points as No.?5 Archbishop Williams (17-4) rolled over No. 12 Bourne, 85-37. .?.?. Jen Worden had 18 points and 19 rebounds to lift No.?2 Abington (20-3) to a 50-42 win over No.?15 Bishop Stang.

Sydney Noyse posted 16 points and 15 rebounds as No.?11 Essex Tech edged No.?6 Mt. Alvernia, 55-54 in overtime, in a Div.?4 North first-round contest.

Greg Dudek, Ross Gienieczko, David Pollard and Marcello Rossetti contributed to this report.