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March 7, 2013

On the attack

Sachems 'gut it out' over Ipswich 42-26

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“I think I landed on my foot and tried to turn, and my knee twisted, but I think it’s fine, it is fine,” McNamara said of her injury. “I knew I needed to go back in because this could be our last game. I wasn’t as fast as I normally am and not as good on defense, so Coley kept telling me she was always there to help me if I got beat. I knew that I could rely on the team.

“I think you always keep your confidence or you won’t play as good,” said McNamara of her confidence shooting the ball despite the bum wheel. “I knew my teammates always had my back.”

“She’s a very critical piece to our offense,” Viselli said. “Having her around on the outside is a great threat to get it inside. Drive and kick, that’s exactly what that was, and she hit that three right when she came back in, so she’s very critical to this team.”

“She did gut it out,” said Kelsi’s dad, coach John McNamara. “She’s small, but she’s tough and she’s getting tougher by the game, so yes, we’ll see how she feels later on.”

Taking a punch and come back fighting for more, it’s what the Sachems have been about year after year.

“Not really, it was like a punch in the mouth, we were ready, but we weren’t ready to get hit as hard as we did,” answered Viselli as to whether there was any worry or doubt about the outcome. “We just had to get back up and punch twice as hard, and that’s exactly what we did.”

Even with Tess Nogueira and McKenna Killian struggling with foul trouble and the team not executing on offense in the first half, then McNamara battling the injury in the second half, Pentucket still found the right formula to get the job done.

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