LOWELL — Pentucket junior Alex Moore knows exactly what her role is, and it's not scoring points.
"It's to guard the best player on the other team," said Moore, a 5-foot-7 guard. "I take a lot of pride in it. ... I take every possession personally."
In Saturday's Division 3 North-clinching 49-30 victory over Ipswich, that meant guarding Ipswich's standout freshman guard, Masey Zegarowski, a task she once again excelled at.
Zegarowski was held to five shots and no points through three quarters and she didn't score until Moore rested on the bench throughout the fourth quarter.
"Alex Moore has been playing defense like that for us all year," raved Pentucket coach John McNamara. "She always guards the other team's best player and she's been amazing.
"She's our unsung hero and one of the best players no one knows about. She defends, she rebounds, she can pass the ball — I can't say enough good things about her."
When called upon, which isn't often, Moore can also put the ball in the basket. Saturday, she scored 10 points. She showed an ability to drive to the basket and she also nailed two 3-pointers, the final from near half court.
"I was feeling good, I had a lot of momentum and I could see the openings," said Moore, who has a high game of 18 points this year but only scored a combined four points in Pentucket's first two sectional games.
Moore played less than three quarters Saturday, and not at all in the fourth. But, by then, her main work had been accomplished.
"There was no need to keep up the defensive intensity any more and that's what she's best at," explained McNamara.