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March 6, 2013

Unsung senior leader

Dresser wins praise for persevering, winning her minutes

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“I think it was just wanting to get better,” Dresser continued. “I have been playing with those girls since fifth grade, so I knew what my role was. And to be playing with them again, it’s just crazy to know they’re all so good, and I can help them become better, and I can make an impact on the team. It’s surreal.”

Dresser is a program player, not a stat-sheet stuffer. She’s someone who sees the big picture and is more than happy to accept a smaller role that helps keep the chemistry and cohesion of the team overtly positive.

“She’s not afraid to have a stat line where she’s got zero points and two fouls and two rebounds and went in and did her job for us,” said the coach of the defending Division 3 state champs. “Not a lot of high school kids get that, and that’s kind of special.

“One thing is every time I have freshmen and sophomores running plays and Emily’s not in with the starting group, she’s down the other end with the younger girls,” McNamara said. “She will shadow kids and walk with them and teach them the offense and where they need to be. She does that totally on her own, and I never even have to ask her to do that.”

“She’s probably the most supportive girl on the team, and she’s always there for us, cheering for us,” said sophomore point guard Kelsi McNamara. “If any of us get down, she always has such a positive attitude helping us during the game. I can hear her voice cheering us on and it helps me a lot.

“Last year I remember our tournament games I was so nervous and she would always be there giving me pep talks, helping me,” said Kelsi McNamara of her memorable freshman tournament campaign that saw her emerge as the next Sachem star. “I remember whenever I made a big shot, I would hear her screaming. She’s just always there for me.”

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