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February 7, 2014

Bounce Passes: Fenwick looking for tourney berth on Senior Night

After back-to-back losses earlier this month, Bishop Fenwick wasn’t thinking about making a bid for the postseason.

Instead, the Crusaders were simply concerned with getting back on track.

Since then, they’ve gone a convincing 4-2 and can qualify for the state tournament with three wins in their final five contests.

“This team has improved more in a short period of time than any team I’ve ever coached,” said head coach Adam DeBaggis. “I think much of that has to do with our three seniors (Bridget Corcoran, Kate Lipka and Gianna Pizzano) and the way they work and carry themselves. They’re great role models, plain and simple.”

Fenwick’s schedule is arguably one of the toughest in the area. Playing state powerhouses like St. Mary’s of Lynn, Arlington Catholic and Archbishop Williams, not to mention their participation in Masconomet’s Holiday Tournament, have made for a tough road for the Crusaders. .It has, however, made Fenwick a better team in the long run.

Over the past 10 years, the Crusaders have qualified for the state tournament nine times and made it to the Division 3 North finals in 2010.

Fenwick’s 8-7 record may not be it’s best in recent years, but the team is playing a high level of basketball down the stretch. Most of that starts with the unselfish play of the Crusaders’ three senior captains.

If Fenwick can win its next two games, it has a chance to clinch a tournament berth next Thursday — which just so happens to be the team’s Senior Night. It will be extra special this year as Boston Bruins National Anthem singer Rene Rancourt singer will perform the anthem at Fenwick that night and sign autographs after the performance.

As usual, the underclassmen decorate the gym and present their captains with gifts.

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