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February 22, 2014

Bounce Passes: Masconomet to see familiar playoff foe as tournament pairings are announced

The Masconomet girls basketball team has had its way with most of its opponents this winter.

More often than not, the Chieftains ran away with the victories. They’re a confident group of players, stringing together 19 straight wins.

Their one exception came in the final game of the season to another Division 1 North powerhouse— Lynn English. The loss, Masco’s only one of the season, came earlier this week in the St. Mary’s Spartan Tournament. The Chieftains have accepted it and moved on from it, only focusing on how they can learn from it.

The Chieftains, who earned the No. 3 seed in Division 1 North, will square-off against Cambridge in the first round on Wednesday (7 p.m.) for the second straight season. Last year Masco made it by the Falcons in a close, 64-62 contest. However, the Chieftains are coming off their best regular season in six years and are looking to continue their dominance into the postseason.

”One of the takeaways from that loss to English is that we’ve been able to identify what we didn’t do well down the stretch,” explained Masco head coach Bob Romeo. “While it was a tough loss, it was a learning experience for us.

”I tracked every possession in the final 4:30 of the game, we figured out what the flaws were and have been working on them at practice.”

Masco has relied heavily on its starting five — Hannah Kiernan, Nicole Femino, Meghan Collins, Lexi Nason and Kate Kitsakos this season. Freshman Stephanie Mini has played significant minutes off the bench and has developed into the team’s go-to post player. Junior Amy Fogarty has also managed key minutes and has a knack for hitting clutch three-pointers in pivotal moments throughout the games.

With Kiernan and Femino leading the offense, the Chieftains have scored over 70 points on five different occasions during the regular season and is averaging 61.8 points per game. Masco should have no trouble scoring against Cambridge.

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