Being young is a common theme throughout the Northeastern Conference Small this season, with the exception of Winthrop. Swampscott and Marblehead each have four freshmen who will put in major minutes for their respective clubs.
The Big Blue were aggressive going to the basket, but some forced turnovers and missed shots doomed them in the second half.
“Defensively, we need to get better and protect the basketball,” noted Roberts. “We’re still a work in progress. The way that we start the season is not the way I expect us to end the season. The younger players will get better as the season goes on, but right now we’re in a transition period.”
Swampscott’s best scoring quarter was the fourth, putting in nine points as a team, three of which came at the free-throw line. Sophomore Meghan Hartmann, who came off the bench, made the most of her minutes— contributing with steals, assists and rebounds to go along with her two points.
Along with Freedland’s game-high 15 points, Bongiorno dropped in nine points, while Walker added six for Marblehead, which is back at it tomorrow night against Everett. Walker, who was the only freshman to start for the Magicians, was active on the boards and fought for the extra baskets under the glass.
Swampscott freshman Jaymie Caponigro score four. Sophomore Olivia Cook and junior Anya Peterson each had three as eight different players factored into the scoring for the Big Blue.