Girls Basketball:

Ayer-Shirley(1-0 Mid-Wach D, 5-1 overall) @ Littleton( 0-0 Mid-Wach D ,2-1 overall) 6:30 p.m.

LITTLETON-The Lady Panthers compete against neighboring Littleton, in the early half of a basketball doubleheader tonight on the road. Coming into tonight's matchup, Ayer-Shirley owns a 5-1 overall record, with a 1-0 mark in the Mid-Wach D league.

The Lady Panthers trounced Tahanto in their league opener at home, 58-31. Olivia Warilla led Ayer-Shirley with 14 points, and Gabby Hebert pitched in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ayer-Shirley is an up-tempo team; do not be alarmed if you see the entire bench employed against Littleton.

The Lady Tigers are a team that hasn't been tested in the early going.

2013 tips off with a host of area basketball action. Pictured is Caleb Baker (North Middlesex) and Phil Dubay(Groton-Dunstable) in a game played last
2013 tips off with a host of area basketball action. Pictured is Caleb Baker (North Middlesex) and Phil Dubay(Groton-Dunstable) in a game played last Friday. Baker and the Patriots take on Nashoba at home tonight at 7 p.m. (Nashoba Publishing/Kent Boynton)
Tonight marks just the fourth game of the year for Littleton, who comes in with a 2-1 overall record. Rick Hasting's Lady Tigers are led by Erin Dorey who averages 13.7 points-per-game. For the Lady Panthers, the scoring attack is bracketed by Warilla and Hebert. Warilla averages 8.8 points per game, and poses a threat from outside.

Hebert is a terror on the boards, and collects most of her team-leading 10.8 points-per-game on the glass.Tina Babcock is averaging 8.2 off of the pine, and is part of a very deep Ayer-Shirley bench.

North Middlesex(0-0 Mid-Wach A, 4-1 overall) @ Nashoba(0-0 Mid-Wach B, 3-1 overall) 7 p.m.

BOLTON--Longtime head coach Pat Murphy's Lady Patriots recently captured the Pete Trainor Memorial Tournament Championship at Ayer-Shirley High School.


North Middlesex has won three-in a row since dropping a 51-43 decision to Tyngsborough in game two of the campaign. Last time out at Hudson, North Middlesex downed Hudson in their league opener, 61-46 on the road. Versus Hudson, junior center Mackensey Farina dropped 23 points, and helped spur a 17-4 run to help the Lady Pats pull away in the third quarter.

Senior captain Kimberly Morgan pitched in 10 points against Hudson. Farina is the second highest point getter in the Mid-Wach A with 16.4 points-per-game.

Senior captain, Maddie Balassie is the Lady Patriots second highest scorer averaging 10 points-per-game. The Lady Chieftains are 1-0 at home this season, and are looking to start a new winning streak following a 47-37 road loss to Wachusett. Erin Cressman paces Nashoba averaging 13.8 points per game, and she is supported by teammate Cecilia Burke who averages 12.5 points-per-game.

Bromfield(0-0 Mid-Wach D, 3-1) vs. Tahanto (1-3,0-1 Mid-Wach D) 7 p.m.

The Lady Trojans downed Clinton 53-42 Saturday night at home, and were led by Montana Burke with 13 points. Bromfield storms into Mid-Wach D play with a 3-1 record , with a quality win over Burncoat on Dec. 19. The Lady Stags fell by 31 to Ayer-Shirley on the road, and were sparked by freshman point guard Megan O'Day with 11 points.

Tahanto may be young and inexperienced, but what they lack in those departments, they make up for with heart.

Mike Dube's Lady Trojans play in their second straight home game, after beginning the season on the road. Burke leads Bromfield in scoring averaging eight points per game. Casey Magrath has been a pivotal player for Bromfield early in the year.

Boys' basketball:

North Middlesex(0-0 Mid-Wach A, 3-2 overall) vs. Nashoba(0-0 Mid-Wach B, 4-2 overall) 7 p.m.

TOWNSEND- Patriots head coach Erik Dellasanta's team has been able to find a way to win in a couple tough early season tilts. North Middlesex started the season 1-2, with back-to-back road losses to Tyngsborough and Worcester South by a combined margin of 45-points.

The Patriots have rebounded nicely with close victories over two feisty teams in Hudson and Groton-Dunstable.

The Crusaders are a team with a lot of youth, and freshman Corey Romich leads Groton-Dunstable in scoring. North Middlesex escaped the Groton-Dunstable High School gym by the skin of their teeth, when a Matt Conlin three-point attempt clanked off the iron at the buzzer for a 54-51 Patriots win.

North Middlesex has been lead by sophomore center Brendan Vargelitis who started the year on the bench. Last time on the floor, Vargelitis was the game's leading scorer with 24-points. 

Vargelitis is among the Mid-Wach A's leading scorers averaging 17-points-per game in his last two games. Nashoba comes into tonight with a 4-2 record with losses to rival Clinton, and Leominster.

The Chieftains defeated Gardner 69-58 at home, and were led by Brady Schartner with 22 points.

Nashoba had four players in double figures against the Wildcats last Friday, Justin Pellitier (13 points), Jordan Edmonds (14 points), and Frankie Chiodo(11 points).

Senior guard, Francis Phillips averages 8.6 points per game, and is due for a breakout game.

Ayer-Shirley(1-0 Mid-Wach D, 3-2 overall) @ Littleton(0-0 Mid-Wach D, 5-1 overall) 7:30 p.m.

LITTLETON-Panthers' head coach, Justin Carlson at the beginning of the year spotlighted his team's rivalry tilt with Littleton as their toughest opponent this season. Ayer-Shirley sits a game over .500 with a 3-2 record, and second place in the Mid-Wach D after defeating Tahanto 67-58 at home.

The Panthers may have some early game rust to shake off, having not played since Dec. 21 due to the holiday break. After beginning the season 1-2 with loses to Lunenburg and Clinton, the Panthers have won two straight over Oakmont and Tahanto.

Junior guard, Zak Walker led the Panthers in scoring with 14-points, and was one of four players to post double figures against the Stags. Littleton recently captured the consolation game of the Wilmington Holiday Basketball Tournament, with a 74-49 victory over Shawsheen last Friday.

Chris Murray paced the Tigers with 29 points in the win, and was a menace from beyond the 3-point arc, knocking down five-of-six.

Littleton comes into tonight with a 5-1 overall record and is the clear-cut favorite in the Mid-Wach D this season. Ayer-Shirley split the season series with the Tigers last season.

Bromfield(0-0, 1-4 overall) @ Tahanto(0-1 Mid-Wach D, 3-3 overall) 7 p.m.

BOYLSTON-Head coach Tom Hill's Trojans, have fallen on tough times after defeating Oakmont back on Dec. 14 at home 53-48. Bromfield looks to end a three-game skid on the road at Tahanto tonight.

The Stags captured the Abby Kelley Christmas Classic title with their 60-55 win over Southbridge last Saturday.

Bromfield is trying to keep their head above water at 1-4. Senior shooting guard, Trevor Granville has knocked down 17 three-pointers this season and leads the Trojans with an average of 16.8 points per game.

Perhaps, the most unlikely top performer for Bromfield has been freshman point guard, Jake Frackiewicz.

Frackiewicz is a tough hard-nosed guard that is not afraid to draw contact in the lane from much larger opponents. Frackiewicz averages 9.5 points-per-game, as the Trojans' starting two-guard. Anthony Pacheco headlines the Stags offense with an average of 14.5 points-per-game.