The Nashoba Regional girls basketball team fell at home Wednesday night, dropping a 58-51 decision to visiting Ashland.
The loss is the third in five games for the Wolves (9-3), who return to action Thursday night at Oakmont Regional.
Ayer-Shirley 45, Lunenburg 41: The Panthers (10-2) received 11 points each from Maddie Davis and Theresa Arakelian as they fended off the Blue Knights (1-12). Grace Cormier added 10 points in the victory.
Lunenburg’s effort was led by Emma Kibble and Erin Peplowski, who each scored eight points.
St. Bernard’s 57, West Boylston 25: The Bernardians improve to 7-6.
Lunenburg 65, Ayer-Shirley 61: Leading the way for Lunenburg was Vinny Dellasanta with 17 points. Teammate Evan Comesana scored 15 points.
Ayer-Shirley’s Brian Holmes paced the Panthers with a game-high 23 points. Cam Marshall added 12 points in the loss.
Gardner 5, St. Bernard’s 2: The Bernardians (10-4-0) had their nine-game winning streak snapped despite goals by Hunter Lammi and Nick Tomczak. Adam Pepin and Nolan Stout notched assists in defeat.
Lunenburg/Ayer-Shirley 11, Tri County 2: Nick Fortier and Dom Benner each had three goals and an assist as the Blue Knights improved to 4-8-2. Andrew Nicosia added two goals and two assists and Tyler Fortier had a goal and four helpers in the victory.
Owen Hurley and Ethan Dionne also scored for the Blue Knights.
Leominster 3, Concord-Carlisle 0: Carina Eshbaugh stopped all 10 shots she faced to earn the shutout and Rachel Simkewicz scored twice as the Blue Devils improved to 9-3-1. Kailyn Hawkins also scored.
MCLA 66, Fitchburg State 64: Fitchburg State opened the contest with 6-3 edge as senior Tajahn Joyner netted a pair of buckets, while classmate Dayne Allen added a basket. The Falcons pushed the lead to 16-7 when freshman Tyrone Manderson drained a 3-pointer before MCLA went on a 12-1 run, capped with a 3 by junior Kumar Lewis to give the hosts a 19-17 margin.
The Trailblazers extended the lead to 22-18 with sophomore JoJo Garcia hit a 3-pointer, but Fitchburg State battled back to take a 26-25 advantage on a Joyner layup. MCLA regained the lead at 30-26 on baskets from senior Reece Racette and newcomer Jayden Mills.
The Green and Gold answered back on a Jaylen Swan jumper to reduce the deficit to 36-33 before MCLA took a 40-34 lead into the break with junior Mamadou Diallo registering a layup.
Following the intermission, MCLA upped the lead to 46-34 on a three-pointer from sophomore Korey Greenland, but Fitchburg State got two baskets from Joyner to make the score 46-38.
The Trailblazers pushed the advantage to 57-46 with graduate student Noah Yearsley connecting on a 3 before the Falcons sophomore Frederick Siayor notched a jumper and Joyner added another 3-pointer to make the score 61-55.
The Green and Gold went on a 7-1 run late in the contest to knot the score at 62-62. The Trailblazer grabbed a 65-62 edge as Yearsley sank a free throw, but Fitchburg got a layup from Allen to trim the lead to just one . MCLA secured the victory however with Garcia hitting one-of-two from the charity stripe.
The Falcons were paced by Joyner with a career-best 24 points to go with eight rebounds, six assists and one steal. Sophomore Matthew Tanis added nine points, seven boards, an assist and a steal.