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March 16, 2012

The woman behind the scenes at Pentucket

Amy Beaton serves as McNamara's lead assistant


Right now, having a comfortable situation with her dad alongside her for a tip-top program, the timing isn't quite right.

"I've learned more than I could imagine from (John), and I know that eventually I'll move on," Amy said. "It's hard because I've got such ties to the girls right now, so I think maybe in a couple years or so (I'll start looking).

"I've been asked a bunch of times if I'd go to Haverhill because that's where I played," added Beaton, who was the only one of her 16 brothers or cousins that didn't attend Pentucket. "I don't know. It's hard leaving or thinking about leaving such a successful program to go some place it won't be as successful. It's tough, but I know eventually that I'll hopefully move on."

There's no denying her talent, though, as a coach. Just the other night, Amy made three crucial in-game calls that helped propel the Sachems to victory at the TD Bank Garden against Fairhaven.

The first was a defensive adjustment coming out of the break to double-team Fairhaven center Kara Charette and disrupt the Blue Devils' ability to break Pentucket's press. The switch was vital to slowing down the Blue Devils transition and allowing Pentucket to force a few turnovers, leading to transition buckets.

Then, late in the game during the fourth quarter, with the Sachems needing a couple of buckets to ice the game, Amy reminded McNamara of a play the team wanted to run. It led to a Sarah Higgins layup. On the next trip up, the assistant coach said they should look for the call again, only with the second option, and once again it was executed to perfection, with Kelsi McNamara drilling a three.

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