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March 6, 2013

Unsung senior leader

Dresser wins praise for persevering, winning her minutes

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Taking her lead from Leigh McNamara is truly fitting. Like Dresser, McNamara went through adversity her first few years in the program. In fact, on the night before tryouts her junior year, she sat at Dick’s Sporting Goods trying to decide what pair of shoes to buy for the upcoming winter sports season — track shoes or basketball shoes. Ultimately basketball won out, and McNamara was a vital cog in the state championship team a year ago.

Dresser said watching last year’s senior captain provided a great example of the responsibilities that come with being a leader and a senior in a program like Pentucket.

“Leigh was a really good role model,” Dresser reiterated. “She was a leader, she knew how to push the girls, and to follow in her footsteps is cool. Maybe one of the younger girls will follow in mine one day.”

Now it’s her time to shine.

“It’s incredible to have a season like this year after last year,” Dresser said. “We know what it takes; it’s just crazy to go through this because the playoffs are insane.”

The Sachems continue their road to the championship today in a game against Ipswich at 7 p.m. at Beverly High School.

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