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February 22, 2013

Primed for a Grand Exit

Pentucket's Viselli scores 1,000th point heading into title defense

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As a freshman, Viselli played limited minutes on a team that made a run to the state championship game at the DCU Center in Worcester. That team was led by Coley’s sister, Ashley, and Erin McNamara, two seniors who eventually played in college. Coley did not start in the state-title game, which Pentucket lost, but she came off the bench when one of the starters got into foul trouble.

“Coach Mac has put a lot of work into me since my freshman year,” Viselli said. “I was definitely scared when I first got into a varsity game. He said, ‘You’re not a freshman anymore. You just have to go play.’ Going into the last run with him is upsetting, but he keeps putting a lot of faith in me.”

Viselli said Pentucket’s run to the championship game with her sister during her freshman year was her career highlight until last season, when the team finished the job and won its first state title in program history. That process didn’t happen overnight. First, Viselli had to fill the point guard void left by Erin McNamara. During Viselli’s sophomore season, Pentucket fell to St. Mary’s in the Division 3 North semifinal.

“Point guard is the toughest position on the court,” McNamara said. “As a sophomore, Coley had to take on that role. We had Erin, and then we had a transition period. I’m always toughest on my point guard. My daughter, Erin, heard my wrath. Coley still hears my wrath. My other daughter, Kelsi, is starting to hear it now.”

Viselli developed into a player who seems completely under control with the ball in her hands on the court. Her strength is her basketball IQ and court vision. No player in the Cape Ann League is capable of connecting on lengthier passes up the floor than Pentucket’s senior captain.

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