, Newburyport, MA


February 12, 2013

Getting their hands dirty

Streaking Newburyport squad has date with Pentucket


“There’s no one person dominating out there; it’s more of a collective effort,” Dollas said. “The ball’s moving to a variety of different people, and we have a few girls who can step up and lead the team in scoring on a given night. Some of it is me. I’ve gotten better with the rotation of the girls coming in and out. Things are different from last year.”

Last year, the Clippers, who finished 14-8, were led by 1,000-point scorer Beth Castantini and Molly Rowe, who combined for 70 to 80 percent of the team’s offense, according to Dollas. This year, Aly Leahy, Lea Tomasz, Mary Pettigrew, Emily Pettigrew and Lilly Donovan have taken turns playing the lead role.

“I don’t want to say it’s been more of a challenge for me,” Dollas said, “but it’s been fun. I can throw a matchup out there against a certain team depending on what they have out there. It’s more of a coaching moment in terms of a rotation. It’s been fun watching different kids grow this year.”

Dollas does have one win against Pentucket to his record in his three years at Newburyport. Overall, his teams are 1-7 against the Sachems, a mark that actually matches up well against other Cape Ann League coaches during the same time period.

“My mindset going into a Pentucket game is don’t turn the ball over,” Dollas said. “Make a good pass. Spread the court. Keep it simple. They’re so disciplined and so strong, we can’t afford any type of lapses.”

Amesbury girls are tourney bound

The Amesbury girls basketball team recently clinched its first state tournament berth since 2006.

The Indians (8-9) secured one of the top two spots in CAL Division 2 last week with victories over Manchester Essex and Lynnfield. They face off with Georgetown tonight before finishing with Nazareth Academy Monday. The Indians could potentially finish 10-9, the team’s first winning record in seven seasons.

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