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December 11, 2012

The celebration ends now

Pentucket girls basketball team back to work to defend title

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“We haven’t talked as a team about state championships, but I just try to get them to understand that they shouldn’t be satisfied and content because this is their senior year,” McNamara said. “Last year they were juniors and we had a couple of seniors. That was their team, this is their team this year. We’re trying to take that approach with them and make them understand there’s nothing better than your senior year in high school, and you can go off and play college basketball, but we’ve got something special with the community supporting us. They’ll never enjoy basketball more than their senior year.”

Once again the motivation for this particular collection of players is to do what no Sachem team has done before — repeat as champs — a legacy that would put them in a rarified air with some of the all-time great players in the history of the state of Massachusetts.

“Basically having that first one in our pocket is what’s getting us off to a pretty good start,” said Viselli. “At practices we talk about repeating as something we want, something we’re motivated to get. But we can’t get there if we don’t work hard, so we’ve been pushing each other really hard because that’s already the motivation factor that’s getting us going.

“That’s something we want — we want that repeat year because that’s something Pentucket’s never done. We want this legacy to end that way. We want to stay on the right foot to get that second one and show people that, yes, we lost kids that were key to us, but we can still play. We still have a good team, so having that first one is the biggest motivation factor for us right now.”

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