(West Newbury MA) “We just couldn’t close out quarters,” said Hamilton-Wenham coach Mark Cole afterwards.
The lack of consistency was costly as the Generals (7-4) fell to Pentucket, 47-23, on Tuesday night.
HW had nineteen points from talented Jane Maguire but her teammate combined for only four additional points.
Credit the Pentucket defense. As usual they were persistent and ready to turn miscues into points.
“Pentucket is a very, very good team that can shoot the ball,” said Coach Cole.
The Sachems (8-2) had nine players score and hit from long range five times.
Lana Mickelson and Alyssa Thompson were Pentucket’s top scorers with nine points each.
Each of the end-of-quarter surges that Coach Cole referenced had 3-pointers in them.
In the first quarter, Jane Maguire’s three-pointer had the visitors within three points (8-5) with four minutes left.
Pentucket then rolled off ten unanswered points and the quarter ended with the home team in front, 18-5.
Three’s by Ally Cacciapuoti and Alyssa Thompson were involved in the Pentucket run.
In the second quarter, two layups and two three’s by Jane Maguire had the Generals within seven (22-15) with 3 ½ minutes left.
Pentucket then rolled off eight unanswered points to gain a, 30-15, halftime lead.
Three’s by Emma Lopata and Alyssa Thompson were part of the second-quarter surge.
Hamilton-Wenham scored the first three points of the third quarter and trailed, 30-18, with seven minutes left.
Pentucket then shut out HW the rest of the quarter and added ten points to their lead.
Three’s by Abby Dube and Lana Mickelson were in the mix this time. Lana’s three was the old-fashioned variety.
Pentucket was ahead, 40-18, after three periods and cruised home from there.
Pentucket coach John McNamara was glad to get the win. “Both teams were sloppy. We’ve got to play better than this. But it was nice to get a win after our tough loss (in OT to Cathedral) the other day.”
There were plenty of whistles and plenty of fouls and turnovers.
“It seemed as if it was travel, after foul, after travel,” said Lana Mickelson afterwards.
The teams combined for thirty-seven fouls. I’m going to guess that there were just as many turnovers. It was ragged for sure.
“We knew that Hamilton-Wenham would be good because of their upset win over Amesbury the other day,” added Lana.
HW had lost by thirty to Amesbury earlier in the season but took out the Indians, 51-45, in the rematch recently.
“The fact that we held Pentucket to seventeen points in the second half was a good effort on our part,” said Coach Cole.
Lana Mickelson had nine rebounds to go with her nine points. Against Cathedral she had twenty rebounds.
Jane Maguire had five three’s in HW’s win over Amesbury. Christa Coffey added three from long range.
On February 10th Pentucket has a rematch with undefeated Newburyport at Newburyport. The Clippers won by ten points in the first meeting.
Pentucket 18 12 10 7 = 47
Hamilton-Wenham 5 10 3 5 = 23
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