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Kelsi McNamara (22 points) leads Pentucket past Newburyport 45-43

Kelsi McNamara (22 points) on the break

Kelsi McNamara (22 points) on the break

Jaycie Triandafilou pressures Kelsi McNamara

Jaycie Triandafilou pressures Kelsi McNamara

(West Newbury MA) Maybe they’re not dead after all.

But trust me, the Pentucket girls looked close to dead when they went down by ten (36-26) with 3:18 left in the third quarter against undefeated Newburyport.

However, the rest of the way the Sachems (4-3) made shots, forced eight turnovers, and defeated the Clippers, 45-43, on Monday night at steamy Pentucket.

Kelsi McNamara (22 points) had a remarkable game for Pentucket.  The junior guard notched four 3’s, and set up teammate Carolyn Modlish for four layups including the game winner with 1:19 left.  In the last minute Kelsi had a block, a free throw, and a steal.

I was there for Kelsi’s three’s in the tournament but I’m wondering if she has had a better all-around, regular-season game than this one.

Aly Leahy (12 points) heads for the basket as McKenna Kilian defends

Aly Leahy (12 points) heads for the basket as McKenna Kilian defends

This Cape Ann League game was especially intense in the final five minutes after Emily Pettigrew (12 points) tied the score at 40-40 on an inbounds play.

Pentucket got the next two baskets (McKenna Kilian jumper and Carolyn Modlish layup) before Aly Leahy (12 points) nailed a three with 1:04 left.

After freshman Colleen Jameson had a near-miss on a three, Newburyport took over trailing only by one (44-43).  Senior Aly Leahy twice tried to drive down the lane but was blocked both times (McKenna Kilian and Kelsi McNamara).  Without a shot hitting the rim, the Clippers were called for a 30-second shot clock violation with six seconds left.

Kelsi took the inbounds pass, was fouled, and made the front end of a one-and-one to put the Sachems ahead, 45-43.

Kelsi McNamara dribbles out the clock

Kelsi McNamara dribbles out the clock

Still time for Newburyport to get off a shot but Emily Pettigrew’s pass, intended for Aly Leahy, sailed over her head.  Kelsi retrieved the overthrow and Pentucket had the win.

Pentucket used a zone for quite a while in this game and Newburyport took full advantage of it.  Aly Leahy hit three longs ones while the Pettigrew sisters (Mary & Emily) chewed up the Sachems on the inside.  When Pentucket played man-to-man in the second half the Clippers were a lot less comfortable.  Carolyn Modlish and McKenna Kilian did a terrific job keeping the ball away from Mary or Emily in the late stages of the final quarter.

Amy Sullivan, Jaycie Triandafilou, and Aly Leahy all took turns closely guarding Kelsi McNamara.  There were no easy shots for Kelsi.  She did make several tough ones inside in traffic.

With Kelsi certain to be closely guarded, even double-teamed, openings turned up for teammates.  Finding sophomore Carolyn Modlish for four layups was a key to the Pentucket victory.

Freshman Colleen Jameson

Freshman Colleen Jameson

Another key was the play of freshman Colleen Jameson.  Colleen was not even on the program so I assume that she played in the JV game.  I think she played the entire second half in the varsity game.  Her contribution?  She could get the ball up the court freeing Kelsi from having to do it.  She passed well and played good defense.  Colleen should be on the varsity program for the Sachems’ home game on Wednesday with Hamilton-Wenham.

There were ten lead changes.

Senior Mary Pettigrew (14 points) is a returning Cape Ann League All-Leaguer.  She made seven of eight free throws.

What a difference a year makes.  Last year Pentucket defeated Newburyport 61-33 and 60-29.

The teams are scheduled to spend Valentine’s Day together in a rematch at Newburyport.

Next game for the Clippers (5-1) is Wednesday (6:30PM) at Amesbury.

I learned at the concessions stand that Alex Moore is at Rhode Island College playing for the Anchorwomen.  The former Sachem had twenty-two points in a recent win over undefeated Bowdoin.

Pentucket box

Newburyport box

(All of the pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Riley Holden gets a high five from Coach John McNamara

Riley Holden gets a high five from Coach John McNamara

Kelsi McNamara gives Pentucket a two-point lead

Kelsi McNamara gives Pentucket a two-point lead

McKenna Kilian (23) blocks Aly Leahy

McKenna Kilian (23) blocks Aly Leahy

Carolyn Modlish gets the game winner

Carolyn Modlish gets the game winner

Aly Leahy and Rebecca Torrisi chase a loose ball

Aly Leahy and Rebecca Torrisi chase a loose ball

Mary Pettigrew (14 points) and Riley Holden

Mary Pettigrew (14 points) and Riley Holden

Audrey Tipson surrounded by Clippers

Audrey Tipson surrounded by Clippers

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Newburyport wins opener 39-23 over Amesbury in girls basketball

Lilly Donovan (17 points) gets in for two

Lilly Donovan (16 points) gets in for two

Mary Pettigrew (11 points) at the line

Mary Pettigrew (11 points) at the line

(Newburyport)  This wasn’t pretty to watch from a style standpoint but I’m sure the Newburyport girls will take the win they got in their opener, 39-23, over Amesbury on Tuesday night at NHS.

Both teams feature athletes from fall sports and you could see that the transition to basketball was a work in progress.

By my unofficial figuring, there were forty-six turnovers in this thirty-two minute game! Both teams had twenty-three miscues.  It seemed obvious that at this early date in the season the defenses (both played man-to-man) were far ahead of the offenses.  Those on hand saw too much dribbling and too many ill-advised passes.

No three’s were made by either team although plenty were taken.

Sarah Abraham (24) and Emily Pettigrew (10 battle

Sarah Abraham (24) and Emily Pettigrew (10) battle

Amesbury (0-1) had all sorts of trouble generating any offense except in the third quarter.  The Indians went through almost the entire second quarter without scoring a single point.

Newburyport won this game because of the play of Lilly Donovan (16 points) and Mary Pettigrew (11 points). That twosome worked together to create scoring opportunities for each other on several occasions.  Both made individual moves inside to produce points for the Clippers.

Newburyport (1-0) broke out of a 2-2 tie in the first quarter with a run of eight straight featuring a converted rebound by Lilly, two layups by Mary, and two free throws by Aly Leahy.

Later starting later in the first quarter the Clippers would string twelve unanswered together to get a commanding 22-6 advantage late in the second quarter.  Newburyport collected those twelve points via converted rebounds by newcomers Emily Pettigrew (freshman) and Morgan Johnston (sophomore), two layups by Lilly, a jumper by Emily, and a driving layup by Casey Barlow.

Lilly Donovan defended by Emily Martin

Lilly Donovan defended by Emily Martin

Only a last-minute drive by Emily Martin kept the Indians from being shut out entirely in the second quarter.  Newburyport led, 22-8, at the half.

Amesbury’s best quarter was the third.  They actually outscored the Clippers, 10-8.  Producing points for the Indians were Janine Fatal with a layup, followed by two inside scores from freshman Megan Reid, and a converted rebound and layup by Sarah Abraham.

The Clippers iced the game early in the final quarter as a Mary Pettigrew free throw, followed by two more freebies by Lilly Donovan, and a Lilly basket assisted by Mary put the home team in front, 35-18, with five minutes left.

Plenty of reserves saw action the rest of the way.

Sarah Abraham launches a three

Sarah Abraham launches a three

Sarah Abraham was Amesbury’s high scorer with six points.

Newburyport is coming off a 14-7 in 2011-12 while Amesbury was 1-18 last year.

Beth Castantini, 2012 NHS grad, was in the house.  She is now playing basketball for UMass Dartmouth.

There were several folks in the house with clipboards including one from Pentucket and two from Hamilton-Wenham.  They just happened to be in the neighborhood??

I thought that the lighting at the Newburyport gym was much better than it was last year.

(The pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Mary Pettigrew and Courtney Borkowski battle

Mary Pettigrew and Courtney Borkowski battle

Aly Leahy

Aly Leahy

Lea Tomasz defends Amanda Martin

Lea Tomasz defends Amanda Martin

Rebecca Kell shoots over Megan Reid from the corner

Rebecca Kell shoots over Megan Reid from the corner

Emily Williams

Emily Williams

Freshman Emily Pettigrew shoots inside

Freshman Emily Pettigrew shoots inside

Amy Sullivan heads for the hoop

Amy Sullivan heads for the hoop

Jaycie Triandafilou gets in close

Jaycie Triandafilou gets in close

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Molly Rowe (24 points) Leads Newburyport Past Ipswich 55-53 in Girls Basketball

Molly Rowe (24 points) dribbles past Caroline Soucy.

Beth Castantini (15 points) hit two free throws with twelve seconds left.

(Newburyport) The Newburyport girls surprised a whole bunch of folks as they upset Ipswich, 55-53, Friday night at NHS in Cape Ann League action.

Molly Rowe led the way for the Clippers (5-3) with twenty-four points including eleven straight free throws after missing her first two attempts.

Eight days ago, same place, same teams, Ipswich (6-1) had won easily, 46-27.  A rematch seemed like a good opportunity for the Tigers to stretch their unbeaten streak to seven and the Clippers looked willing to do their part as they got down by ten early in the second quarter (16-6).

What happened next was unexpected.  Instead of fading further away, the Clippers ran twelve unanswered points over the next four minutes to take a shocking, 18-16, lead with 2:42 left in the second period.  Aly Leahy had a layup and Molly Rowe hit a jumper but the rest of the points were on 8-for-8 foul shooting.

The next ten minutes were entertaining, back-and-forth action, with eight lead changes, until Newburyport took the lead for good, 42-41, on two Molly Rowe free throws with thirty seconds left in the third quarter.

The Clippers extended that lead to five (51-46) on a daring three by Beth Castantini (15 points) with 1:24 left.  Game over?  Not quite!  With defender Mary Pettigrew sidelined, Julia Davis (11 points) notched a layup and thirty seconds later Brigid O’Flynn (10 points) did the same thing.  Now that Newburyport lead was only, 51-50, with plenty of time (twenty-eight seconds) left.

Julia Davis (32) layup late in the game.

If you want to pinpoint where the Clippers won this game, it was at the foul line the rest of the way.  Molly Rowe got the first chance with 26 seconds left shooting one-and-one.  How large were these when you’re only ahead by one?  She makes both.

Aly Leahy then fouls out fouling Shannon McFayden.  Shannon makes one of two – Newburyport 53-Ipswich 51 with nineteen seconds left.

Now it’s Beth Castantini’s turn to face the pressure with twelve seconds left, shooting one-and-one.  She makes both.  Brigid O’Flynn puts in a layup for Ipswich at the buzzer to close out the scoring.

This was clearly one of those games where you never had a clear sense of how it would end up………….until it ended up.

Credit Newburyport’s Mary Pettigrew for limiting the inside for the Tigers’ Julia Davis (11 points) and forcing the Tigers to launch long ones.  Ipswich made five from out there but I’m guessing they took at least twenty 3’s, if not more.

Aly Leahy (10 points) layup

Aly Leahy (10 points) and Masey Zegarowski (10 points) were the best matchup to watch on both ends of the court – athletic, tireless, and adept at getting the ball into the front court.

This was a game with very few turnovers and many missed shots.  The shooting exception was in the second period when Newburyport tallied 24 points and Ipswich 21.

There was game-long whining from both sidelines and stands.  You know how partisan the complaining is when every call results in a noticeable negative reaction from one side or the other.

No question there were plenty of foul calls and foul shots.  Newburyport missed ten free throws but made four straight in the final twenty-six seconds.

Newburyport next plays Lynnfield at home on Monday (7PM).  Ipswich is at Triton on the same night (6:30PM).

Newburyport box score

Ipswich box score

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Brigid OFlynn looks to shoot

Caroline Soucy shoots

loose ball

Masey Zegarowski (5) and Cady Bennett

Coach Mandy Zegarowski and the referee

Molly Rowe surrounded

Beth Castantini three

Lily Donovan drives

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