NHS Dance Team moves on to Regionals/ Credit: Ron Chen

The season is over for Needham High’s basketball teams. Both the girls and the boys were eliminated in round of 16 of play Tuesday night in the MIAA Division 1 tournaments.

Sophomore Annie Camozzi shoots a three pointer / Credit: Doug Most

Trailing No. 7 seed Weymouth by eight with 2:30 to play, the girls roared back in the final minute before falling short, 48-46. Needham coach Hannah Carroll told the Observer in an email that with four sophomores and a junior on the floor at the end, her team lacked Weymouth’s valuable experience. “That’s something that will come over the next few years,” she wrote. “Overall we had a very successful season. We came together as a team, had fun playing team basketball, and got some wins along the way.” Needham finished with a 15-7 record.

Senior Devin Dellamarggio drives the lane Credit: Sam Villa

Needham’s boys were unable to match last year’s thrilling run to the state Division 1 final. Instead, they were beaten 81-64 at No. 2 seed Catholic Memorial. Behind by 15 entering the fourth quarter, Coach Paul Liner’s Rockets closed the gap to 58-50 with a little more than six minutes to play before Catholic Memorial pulled away. Despite the disappointment, coach Liner called this “the best culture team I have ever coached.” The Rockets finished 14-8.

Winter Varsity Cheer team with interim coach Hannigan Credit: Dina Hannigan

There’s good news on other fronts. Needham’s dance team is headed to Saturday’s New England Dance Championship in South Burlington, Vermont. The team finished second in the Pom category in last week’s state tournament and third in Jazz. “We are thrilled to have qualified with both routines (for the New England’s),” said coach Jessica Arruda. She promises some changes are in the works to make the Rockets even more competitive this weekend.

The cheer squad qualified for Sunday’s State Championship tournament at Worcester State by coming in third in last Sunday’s Division I South Regional. “We’re pretty excited,” said interim coach Dina Hannigan, who took over the team in January. She said the girls have vastly improved since the fall. “It’s been awesome,” said Hannigan. “I’ve enjoyed it immensely.”

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