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February 22, 2014

Four local teams are headed to the state tournament

The MIAA unveiled its tournament fields for boys and girls basketball yesterday, and four local teams will be among those competing for the state championship over the coming weeks.

The Pentucket boys and girls basketball teams, the Newburyport girls team and the Georgetown boys team each qualified for postseason play, which is scheduled to begin early next week.

The four teams will all compete in their respective divisions of the North Sectional brackets, and should any win the North championship, they would go on to the Boston Garden, where they would face the South Champions in the State Semifinals, and then either the Central or West Champion in the State Championship game.

The Pentucket boys varsity will host No. 11 Bedford in its first round matchup, which is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pentucket won its last three games to qualify for the postseason, finishing the regular season 10-10 to earn the No. 6 seed in the tournament.

Bedford, on the other hand, is only 5-15 on the year, but qualified for the tournament by virtue of the fact that most of the other teams on its schedule play in higher divisions.

Should Pentucket advance, they would face No. 3 Minuteman in the Division III North quarterfinals. Minuteman, a vocational school based in Lexington, plays in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference and is 15-7 on the year.

In the Division IV North tournament, Georgetown (15-5) is the No. 4 seed and will host No. 13 Winthrop (4-16) in their first round game. That game is also scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Should Georgetown advance, they would face the winner of No. 5 Manchester-Essex (14-5) and No. 12 Snowden (7-11).

On the girls side, No. 8 Newburyport (13-7) will host No. 9 Marblehead (12-8) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Division II North Tournament, and on the other side of the bracket, No. 6 Pentucket (16-6) will host No. 11 Danvers (11-9) next Thursday at 7 p.m.

Should each team advance, Newburyport would face No. 1 seeded Watertown, who have a bye to the quarterfinals and are 19-1 on the season. Pentucket would play the No. 3 seeded Arlington Catholic, who finished 17-4 on the year and also have a bye to the second round.

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