, Newburyport, MA


February 22, 2013

Primed for a Grand Exit

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


“I haven’t seen a better guard in high school at making the long pass,” McNamara said. “She’s so strong, and she can snap passes with a lot of velocity. She’s our floor leader, our general. She knows all of the plays from every position. She can help everyone out.”

The end is near for the high school careers of Viselli and fellow seniors Moore, Nogueira and Emily Dresser. After leading the team to a 21-1 regular-season record, another state championship is certainly within the realm of possibility. Viselli, Moore and Nogueira, in particular, have been together for countless big victories, starting with the Pentucket travel team in fifth grade, through high school and even in the offseason through AAU basketball.

“We have a connection that most teams don’t normally see,” Viselli said. “We trust each other, and we always know where the other girls will be on certain plays. If I go for a steal, I know Tess is able to rotate. Even if we’re not communicating, we’re working well together. I never thought that connection could happen.”

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