IPSWICH — The host Tigers lost some prolific scorers from last year’s team that lost only four games, but the young guns stepped up to give first year head coach Dot Stanley a victory in her Ipswich coaching debut, 38-33 over Amesbury.
“We only had one scrimmage so we didn’t have long to prepare,” said Stanley, who is a member of the Ipswich Hall of Fame. “There were a lot of mistakes by both teams. Everybody is new for us, and I’m seeing all the little things starting to come together.
“We’ve got a lot to learn, but we’re getting better. I look at all the baskets we missed, and what is really important is that we were driving to the basket and getting shots off even if they didn’t fall. Abby McCarthy had the game of her life, driving to the hoop and drawing fouls.”
McCarthy, a junior center who is on the varsity for the first time, came off the bench to score a team high 11 points. She had nine in the second half, including five from the line.
“I was really nervous going taking my foul shots, but I kept thinking just get the next point,” said McCarthy. “We have to think one point at a time. I love this team; it’s a great group of girls. The most important thing is to keep working hard because this is a brand new start.”
Last year the Tigers went all the way to the North semi-finals before losing to Pentucket. Graduation claimed Brigid O’Flynn and Julia Davis while point guard Masey Zegarowski and Caroline Soucy are now attending private schools.
Freshman Kelsey Daly and senior Marissa Cain shared the duties at point guard last night for Ipswich. Daly chipped in with six points.