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February 4, 2014

In the Paint: Masco riding Rudolph's hot streak

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“That left a bad taste. We started 1-5 and it was a little bit like ‘Here we go again’,” Shea said.

“Now we’ve crawled out of it and we have to stay focused on one game at a time. Nothing is guaranteed. We have a really good group of kids and I’d like to get them back to the tourney. We want to keep battling and getting better.”

Even though Rudolph is riding a hot streak, he knows he has to keep grinding and keep getting better, too. Defenses are geared to stop him now, and there’s no time for rest.

Masco hopes to keep streaking tonight at Pentucket (6:30 p.m.).

“We’re feeling confident, but we want to get the win and get closer to qualifying for states,” Rudolph said.

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Danvers senior Mark McCarthy might be the best “under the radar” player on the North Shore right now. The Falcons have surprised some with their 11-2 record thus far because there were so many open spots this season after capturing back-to-back Division 3 state championships. McCarthy seemingly had the biggest shoes to fill, replacing Eric Martin at point guard.

McCarthy saw very few minutes last year and figured to be pushed for playing time by freshman Devonn Allen. But McCarthy has done a good job handling the ball for Danvers, which has allowed Allen to put a lot of his focus on playing strong defense as he gets acclimated to the varsity level.

McCarthy has shooting range out to the 3-point line and is fearless going to the hoop.

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Peabody is riding high with a four-game win streak that has allowed it to crawl back into tournament contention. Sitting at 3-8, the Tanners have turned it around by defeating Bishop Fenwick, Swampscott, Revere and North Shore Tech to move to 7-8.

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