, Newburyport, MA


February 23, 2013

The Title Defense

Pentucket's seniors look to go out on top


“Emily’s someone that was on the freshmen team as a freshmen, played JV basketball as a sophomore while the other three were on varsity, and she just worked her way up,” said the seventh-year coach. “The four of them have a pretty good bond, and they mean a lot to the basketball program. They’ve left quite a legacy of their own building off what the other girls had started.”

Intangibles, chemistry, and the ability to execute the Pentucket way have enabled this group to carry on what was passed down to them – a winning tradition.

“What makes this group special is they just play the game the right way,” said McNamara, who has long stated discipline and execution on defense are the building blocks for everything the Sachems do.

“They focus on defense and make a commitment to the defensive end. They sacrifice their own game for defense,” McNamara said. “You know the other night we asked Alex Moore to cover the best point guard on the other team, and Coley we asked to cover their best big so we could have the flexibility with Tess to go off and do some trapping. Not one of them complained that they might get tired or that it might affect their offensive game. They did their job and shut down the other team.

“And on the offensive end of the floor they are so unselfish,” continued the Sachems coach. “They’ll make the extra pass, they’ll know who’s hot and look for that kid. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and where they will be on the court. There’s a bond they have that they don’t even have to talk and they what they’re about to do. I wish I could take credit for that, but they deserve all the credit.”

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