”Our offense comes from our defense,” noted Romeo. “Cambridge doesn’t have that go-to scorer like they did last year with Donnaizha FountainSome, but there are some new kids for them. They’re athletic and can defend well. If we can defend equally as well and get our running game going, we should be OK.”
If they can get by Cambridge, the Chieftains have a chance to potentially play Andover in the quarterfinals. Romeo made note that since his team has moved up to Division 1 five years ago, the past four years have ended with Masco losing to a Merrimack Valley team in the tournament. Last year they fell to Billerica in the quarterfinals, the year before that it was a loss to Andover at Tsongas Arena in the North final.
Also in Div. 1, Peabody finds itself on the same side of the bracket as Masco. The Tanners (15-5) earned the seventh seed overall and will host Reading on Tuesday.
The Tanners won five of their last six games of the regular season, including a monster, 76-47 victory over Chelmsford in the Woburn tournament earlier this week.
”If we can put together a game like we did against Chelmsford, we’ll be good,” said longtime Peabody head coach Jane Heil. “We were playing at our peak against Chelmsford. If we can do that for four quarters, we have a good shot.”
For the majority of the Tanner players, this will be just their second time making a tournament appearance. Many of them had the opportunity last year, but lost to Methuen — this time they’re aiming first playoff victory since 2010.
Carolyn Scacchi, who leads the area in scoring (14.9 ppg), has had a stellar second-half to her season. Scacchi along with sophomore point guard Sara Hosman, freshman Melissa Gray and senior Olivia Summit will handle the majority of scoring duties.