There’s a bit of anticipation heading into tonight’s 8th Annual Masconomet Holiday Tournament.
The Chieftains, who remain undefeated thus far on the season and look to uphold their holiday tourney championship title, will face one of their toughest competitors on their schedule tonight, taking on the reigning Cape Ann League champions from Pentucket.
“This is one that’s been circled on the schedule,” said Masconomet head coach Bob Romeo. “We really look forward to this one. It’s a measuring stick for us. They’ve had their way with us the past couple of seasons.
“Pentucket has been at the top of the league for a for few years now and until someone knocks them off, they’re going to stay at the top of the mountain.”
The Sachems (1-2) have a different look to them this season after the standout trio of Tess Nogueira, Coley Viselli and Alex Moore graduated. Without any seniors on this year’s roster, Pentucket will build around its youth, most notably junior Kelsi McNamara.
“They’re a young team,” Romeo noted. “It’s an adjustment to play at the varsity level when you never have before. They’ll be a different team in another month and a half, with more experience.”
Nicole Femino, Hannah Kiernan and Meghan Collins lead the way for Masconomet. They’ve been playing together for quite some time now and have been able to develop an excellent rhythm.
Masco has also brought in two freshmen this season, Stephanie Mini (5-foot-11) and Grace Fahey (5-foot-9). They’ve played valuable minutes and are both averaging 5.5 points per game.
While most teams have already played four games this season, the Chieftains have only two games under their belts. This will be an eventful two weeks as they face Hamilton-Wenham, which just defeated Pentucket, on Monday and then square off against undefeated Newburyport on Friday.