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March 25, 2014

SUPER SACHEM

Pentucket's McNamara is Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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“I played so bad basically the entire game, and luckily my team helped to stay close,” she said. “I wasn’t helping out too much, but then something clicked.”

McNamara had a similar performance a week later against Newburyport. Down by nine with only a few minutes to play, McNamara keyed a furious comeback to force overtime, ultimately leading the Sachems to a 52-44 victory with 28 points and 5 made threes.

While McNamara and the Sachems enjoyed similar success as their predecessors in the regular season, things didn’t work out as well in the postseason, as the Sachems were blown out by Arlington Catholic in the North quarterfinals.

McNamara said the tournament loss left her and the rest of the team with a bad taste in their mouths, but given that virtually the entire team will be returning next year, she’s excited to have one last chance to get back to TD Garden.

“I think next year will be huge because me and McKenna and all the other seniors will want to keep going as long as we can so our last game is the championship game,” she said. “Going to the Garden is our goal every year, and I want to leave everything on the court because it’ll be the last time I can do it.”

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