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December 24, 2012

Former River Rival point guards running the show in college

Success in basketball at the high school and college level is often synonymous with good guard play, especially at the point.

Two former River Rival standouts — Pentucket’s Erin McNamara and Triton’s Jen Rock — who were two of the best point guards in the Cape Ann League over the past decade — have been stellar at collegiate level this year for their respective teams.

Rock, who was one of the best all-around during her Triton career, has been just as versatile running the show at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in her first two seasons. But there has been no slip-up from her freshman to sophomore season, where she currently is averaging 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.

“Things are going really well, we’re 6-3, we’ve gotten all of our non-league games out of the way and going into the season we knew it was going to be a tough schedule when we were got it,” Rock said.

“I think our team has done really well given our non-conference schedule especially. We’ve played several top-25 teams — Williams, Amherst and Emmanuel — and I’m really proud of where we stand heading into our league play. I’m excited. I think we can be a top contender in the league.”

Lacking a true post presence, Rock said at 6-3, RPI thrives on its run-and-gun press the ball to accomplish a high-tempo game — a style perfectly suited for her abilities.

“I’ve always loved the trapping style and the high-intensity running. I was really excited for that this year,” said Rock, who was a three-sport star in basketball, soccer and lacrosse at Triton.

“I’ve tried to be working on my shot and shot selection and outside shot. That’s the big part of what I’ve been working on. I think it’s still a work in progress. You can always get better and there’s always stuff you need to improve on, but so far I’ve been happy with how the season has gone.”

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