For the past four years, Newburyport senior Mary Pettigrew has been a standout member of the field hockey, girls basketball and girls lacrosse teams, and now she will have a chance to finish off her high school career with the ultimate accomplishment — a state championship.
Pettigrew has been an anchor on the team’s defensive unit, and on Monday she played an integral role in shutting down Norwell’s offense in the second half, giving the Clippers a chance to come back and win the game.
Now with less than three days to go before the biggest game of her life, Pettigrew is taking a moment to reflect on her career and share her thoughts on Saturday’s state championship showdown with Bromfield for this week’s edition of Around the Horn.
So first things first, how does it feel to be playing for a state championship? “It’s unreal. I never thought it would happen to me, out of all four years of high school. It’s just a great feeling.”
What was the first thought that went through your mind once the final horn sounded on Monday? “Is this really happening? It’s been a couple of days and I still can’t believe it, it’s awesome.”
From where we were sitting at Monday’s semifinal, Norwell looked like a really tough team. In your opinion, how did they stack up compared to some of the other teams you’ve seen this season? “They were a really good team. We had never seen them before, but I think a couple of teams in our league definitely play like them. I know Masco for sure matches up to them, maybe Manchester Essex did too. They were a really tough team.”
What kind of game are you expecting out of Bromfield this weekend? “It’s going to be a tough game. All the teams that weren’t as good have been weeded out now, it’s down to the very good teams, so every game we knew we were going to be playing in the playoffs, the teams are going to be really good, so I’m expecting nothing less.”