WEST NEWBURY — The Pentucket High girls basketball team has been the marquee squad in the Cape Ann League for the past seven years.
But for all the Sachems’ wins, tournament championships, sectional titles and last year’s state championship, only one player has earned a scholarship straight out of high school — Kirsten Daamen at Central Connecticut State.
The number rises to two in the case of Ashley Viselli, who garnered a scholarship after she began playing for St. Anselm.
Senior Alex Moore now joins that illustrious list after signing a partial scholarship to play for UMass Lowell, which moves up to Division 1 next season in the America East Conference.
“It’s a really big step for me considering that UMass Lowell is moving up to Division 1, so that should be really fun,” Moore said. “I’m just really excited to have the opportunity to play for coach (Sarah) Behn, and all the assistant coaches in the program. It’s just a good all-around coaching staff.”
Moore is one of the “core four” players Pentucket coach John McNamara has talked about for the past three years.
The team captain really hit UMass Lowell’s radar when she helped lead the Sachems to the the university’s High School Shootout weekend tournament championship.
“This summer, she had a great summer and played some great basketball,” McNamara said. “We went to the UMass Lowell summer weekend tournament, and Alex played six games against some pretty good competition and played exceptional. UMass Lowell saw her and fell in love with her potential for what she could be in college. Basically within a two-week period, they had offered her a scholarship, so it was pretty neat to see the process happen like that.”
Moore, who also helped Pentucket win the tough Andover High School Summer League, said her offensive game “really started clicking” last summer and she wound up averaging 12 to 15 points a game.