, Salem, MA


January 7, 2014

Danvers grinds out win, hands Marblehead first loss


“I have to give Marblehead’s defense all the credit in the world. (Hanscom) is a master at causing defensive confusion,” said Veilleux. “I thought Marblehead looked like the better team on the floor. They’re a fast team and we have trouble with fast teams.

“I told the girls at the end of the third that it was basically 0-0, a whole new ball game.”

The Magicians scored the first three points of the fourth, but Llewellyn tied the game once again (27-27) with five minutes to play on a made three-pointer.

“Shooters shoot,” Veilleux said of Llewellyn. “We try to free her up more, but everybody in the league isn’t going to allow her to shoot.”

Freshman Tina Gigli (four points, nine rebounds) scored the go-ahead basket for Danvers, which didn’t relinquish the lead in the final four minutes of the game. Senior co-captain Ashley Arnoldy earned a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while co-captain Emily McNulty grabbed nine rebounds and dropped in nine points.

“It’s that false sense of security and I don’t want us to fall into it,” added Veilleux. “It was up for grabs and Hannah went to the line. One thing about our team, though, is that we never give up. We hang around and hang around, and if there’s an opportunity for us to win at the end, hopefully the senior leadership takes over.”

Freedland and Bongiorno finished with nine points a piece for Marblehead, while Sara Snadecki added six.

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