“At halftime I challenged the girls to trust each other and play with confidence,” said Swamspcott head coach Abrom Roberts. “We definitely played better as a team in the second half.”
The Big Blue outscored Marblehead 12-9 in the third quarter, which got the momentum going in Swampscott’s favor down the stretch. Freshman Jaymie Caponigro (16 points) and senior captain Jacqueline Walsh (20 points) led the way in scoring.
For the first time since 2012, the Magicians have earned a spot in the state tournament. Under new head coach Wayne Hanscom, Mabrlehead has flourished from the start of the season.
That’s why I’ve chosen their season opner as their best win, a 54-28 victory over Saugus. Senior captains Emily Freedland (16 points, 5 steals, 4 assists) and McKenna Barrett (11 points) both made their presence felt. Point guard Mia Bongiorno added six points and five assists, while Sara Snedecki and freshman Lindsay Walker each finished with six.
The Magicians went on to win the next three games to put together their longest win streak of the season.
There are many intricate parts that have gone into making the Chieftains the Cape Anne League champions this season. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly which one Masconomet’s 17 wins was the best — especially after recent come from behind victories against Hamilton-Wenham and Newburyport in a four-day span.
That honor, however, has to go to last Monday’s win over Pentucket. The Chieftains had beaten the Sachems already this season, but Pentucket had been riding a 10-game win streak when Masco came into West Newbury. The last time the Chieftains had won in there was 2005. But they did it as a late free throw by senior captain Hannah Kiernan kept Masco’s record blemish-free in a 39-38 victory.
The Generals have had similar CAL rivalry with Pentucket. Hamilton-Wenham put an end to the Sachems’ 33-game win streak within the league after a 40-38 victory back in December.