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December 18, 2013

Christmas on the court

Local teams prepare for holiday tournaments

School is not in session for the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean your local high school sports schedule is void of action. Several of the local high school girl’s basketball teams will be involved in holiday tournaments next week.

The Masconomet Holiday Tournament, held at Masconomet Regional High, is known for its competitive play among some of the area’s best girls basketball teams. Last year, Masconomet came away with a victory in the tournament it hosts, beating Beverly and Bishop Fenwick in the process. This year’s tournament will consist of Masconomet, Pentucket, Bishop Fenwick and Beverly.

“(Masconomet) has been a top-20 team for the past 10 years; they are always well coached and a very strong team,” Pentucket head coach John McNamara said. “Bishop Fenwick is a state tournament team from last year that brought everyone back. Beverly is also in it with a new coach, but they’re a team from a big town. They traditionally have a strong basketball program.

“So, this will be a good competitive tournament for us to have us figure our where our team is at and what we have to improve upon heading forward.”

The very dominant Sachems will look add another dimension of competition to the tournament. They competed in York, Maine in an overnight tournament last year, but competed in the Masco Holiday Tournament the two years before. The Sachems will enter this tournament with the hopes of adding another milestone to their already lengthy resume as a program.

If they are going to progress to the tournament’s championship round however, they will have to overtake the home team and defending champion Masconomet Chieftains in the first round. If anybody knows how to win at home, it’s the Chieftains, who finished last year with a strong 11-2 home record.

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