“I think that just carried my confidence to a whole new level, showed I can really play this game and I have potential to score more points than I have,” she said.
Moore has never put up gaudy stats in any particular area for Pentucket, but she has been almost as dominant as a perimeter defender as Daamen was in the paint. Moore does the job on a night-in, night-out basis of locking down and shutting out the opposing team’s best player and ball-handler.
“People kind of look at stats and say you’re this or that; in our system, Kirsten Daamen didn’t have outrageous numbers, Ashley didn’t have outrageous numbers and the fact that Alex plays the toughest opposing team’s top ball-handler every night, you know that’s going to impact your stats,” McNamara said. “I’m glad some schools realize that and look at the entire package of what she does on the court, not just a box score.”
The results speak for themselves. Moore has been a star player throughout her high school career, contributing to a team that has gone 92-11 over the past four years, including 50-2 in the Cape Ann League (three league titles); won two North Sectional titles and is favored to win a third later today when it takes on Watertown, and won the Division 3 state championship last year.
Wednesday night’s game was a great example of Moore’s defensive ability as she held Ipswich’s sophomore All-League point guard Masey Zegarowski to just five points. As a team, the Tigers could not find their rhythm without Zegarowski and only scored one bucket the entire fourth quarter as the Sachems turned a close first half into a 20-point blowout, 46-26.
“We’ve played Masey four times and she hasn’t scored more than seven points against us, so that’s a testament to Alex and our team,” McNamara said. “But Alex takes that on individually. Now we’re going after Watertown and they have a point guard who’s probably better than Masey, and Alex is going to take her on too. We kid her, it’s like another notch on her belt, you’ve got to take on their best guard, and it gets tougher and tougher as you go deeper into the tournament.”