, Newburyport, MA


December 24, 2012

Former River Rival point guards running the show in college


“I think a lot of times if a kid does have a great freshman year as she did, they kind of have the sophomore jinx,” said the Southern Maine coach, whose teams have averaged nearly 26 wins per season in his 22 years on the job. “She thinks so much — I think when she missed a shot that she thought too much about it.

“(This season) she’s been a real steady influence for running the team as the point guard should run the team,” said Fifield. “She knows who to get the ball to, she controls the environment by limiting the turnovers, and you can count on her every night for her point contribution.”

McNamara herself said she does not feel like she is playing at the peak of her powers, but has felt much better about her level of play this season.

“I still don’t think I’m playing as well as I can, but I feel good out there, especially compared to last year where I had a little bit of an off-season,” said the former Sachem. “I’m not as much of a scoring threat as I used to be, but it’s fun to make good passes and know that one of your teammates is going to create something.”

McNamara said she feels like her shot and overall field goal percentage could be better, but after a lot of work in the offseason with old reliable — her father and Pentucket girls coach John McNamara — she felt much more comfortable.

Her performance and the chemistry the Huskies have had on the court has Southern Maine poised to do damage in the Little East conference as well as the NCAA tournament later this season.

“Coach says all the time we’re playing to get better for March,” said McNamara, who feels she has done a great job of slowing down her team and getting them into good sets on offense.

“Our goal is to make it as far into the NCAA tournament as we can. We have potential and I think if we can play as we have lately, we can make it a few rounds. Our goal is to make it pretty far in the NCAA tournament.”

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