Not only is Pentucket versatile in terms of its ability to deploy multiple scorers, but each individual starter is versatile in her own right. Kelsi McNamara, Viselli and Moore all took turns running point guard last night, and each player hit at least two 3-pointers. Viselli and Kilian did most of their work in the paint, although both players are capable of stepping back and hitting a jump shot.
Pentucket’s one loss of the season came against Notre Dame of Hingham Jan. 26. The Sachems started a new winning streak immediately after the loss, running off four straight heading into last night’s game. However, the Sachems were pushed to overtime in one of the victories against Masconomet. Coach McNamara felt the team was starting to show fatigue as it approached the home stretch of the regular season. The recent blizzard gave the team a chance to recharge the batteries.
“They had three days off because of the snow, and they got away from me,” McNamara said. “They had a good time, and it rejuvenated them. It’s a long season, and we’ve been grinding out wins. They were able to shut it down over the weekend, and we came back (Monday) with a really hard practice. They were ready.”
Pentucket has won 38 of its last 40 games, dating back to its 3-3 start last season. That team closed out the season with wins in 20 of its last 21 games and the program’s first Division 3 title in school history.
It’s tough to imagine any Division 3 team matching up with another loaded Pentucket squad in this year’s tournament.
“I wish I could say (the balanced scoring) is by design, but I think we just have good players who make the extra pass,” McNamara said. “If someone is open, she’ll give up a shot to get a better shot. The kids do that on their own. They have a high basketball IQ, and they take care of the ball. Newburyport’s been playing well, so that’s a great win for us.”