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February 4, 2014

Pentucket, Masco face off for the second time

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“We lost the game on the offensive end,” Pentucket head coach John McNamara said. “We did a decent job containing them. We held them to 39 points. You will win most games if you hold your opponent to 39 points.”

Adding to the accomplishment of restricting the Chieftains to just 39 points is Masco’s depth offensively.

While it wasn’t the offensive night that McNamara had hoped for, Pentucket’s McKenna Kilian and Kelsi McNamara managed to find offensive success regularly.

“Kelsi and McKenna were really killing us all night,” Romeo said.

McNamara would finish the game with 17 points, including a critical three-pointer with 1:11 left in the game to erase a seven-point Masco lead and tie the game.

“Great players make great plays and Kelsi is a great player,” Romeo continued. “That step-back three at the end of the game is her move and something we saw coming. When she received the inbound pass, I turned to my bench and said, ‘this game is tied.’”

While it was the McNamara show late, it was the Kilian show for much of the first half. The only Sachem to record a point in nearly the game’s first eight minutes, Kilian provided her team with an upbeat tempo that became contagious.

“McKenna played well and battled the whole game,” McNamara said. “She is getting better and better and when she settles down she understands how good she is as a basketball player.”

Kilian would finish the night with 17 points and eight rebounds.

While fighting tooth-and-nail with an undefeated team that just over a month ago was able to beat you by 26 points may be a moral victory for some teams, it is not for a team led by former state champion and title-game regular McNamara.

“There are no moral victories,” McNamara said. “We lost, and that’s disappointing but we need to figure out how to get better to get ready for the state tournament.”

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