Behind the leadership of its five seniors, the Shawsheen Tech girls basketball team rebounded from a three-win season a year ago to finish the 2022-2023 regular season with an overall record of 11-8.
At one point, the Rams held a 5-5 record before six wins in their next eight games qualified Shawsheen for a return trip to the state playoffs.
A 44-29 victory over Somerville on Feb. 9 officially locked up the berth into the state tournament for the girls, but the Rams put an exclamation point on the season with a 41-30 win against a Northeast Regional team that beat Shawsheen on Jan. 13.
Defense was the story of the night for the Rams, who allowed only two first-quarter points and six first-half points on the way to the win.
Northeast would outscore Shawsheen 24-15 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Rams.
Senior Kerry Brown of Billerica paced Shawsheen with 16 points, all in the first half, while senior Lindsay McCarthy of Billerica hit two 3-pointers and finished with eight points.
Junior Lillian Dulong had a good all-around game for the Rams with six points and eight rebounds and sophomore Maddie Robitaille of Burlington and freshman Mackenzie Weatherbee of WIlmington each added three points.
Senior Kiley McFadden of Tewksbury, sophomore Izzy Ferguson of Burlington and sophomore Fiona Rexford of Billerica also found the scorebook for the Rams. Rexford and McFadden each pulled down eight rebounds.
The Rams finished the regular season with a loss at home against Greater Lowell.
The pairings for the state tournament will likely be announced later this week.