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March 7, 2014

TOP SEED TROUBLE: Generals' season ended in North semifinals by No. 1 Watertown

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Behind sisters Gianna (14 points) and Gabby Copolla (12 points), Watertown pushed its lead to 17 points (41-24) by the end of the third quarter.

“We were very concerned with Hamilton-Wenham’s ball pressure. They’re a tough team and they play hard,” said Watertown head coach Pat Ferdinand, whose team took home the Middlesex League championship title. “They’re scrappy and we just have a ton of respect for them.

“Our girls just focused ... and we stress team first. Out shots fell and if they didn’t, we had girls at the other end defending hard.”

Watertown was in the shooting bonus early in the fourth quarter and Shannon Murphy took advantage, going 5-of-6 from the line to ice the victory for her team.

It was the furthest the Generals had gone in the state tournament since 2004. Huge credit for that goes to the team’s five seniors; Ecker, Charette, Haley Willis, Suz Rose and Leslie Bynum.

“I’m extremely proud of the way the girls played all year and the way they got after it in practice,” added DeMarco. “They’ve so much to be proud of; I can’t say enough about how pleased I am of this group of girls. Our five seniors stepped up to the plate and showed great leadership.”

Watertown 51, Hamilton-Wenham 39

Division 2 North semifinal

at Chelmsford High School

Hamilton-Wenham: Charette 6-7-19, Rose 2-2-7, Eagar 0-1-1, Ecker 4-2-10, Vivenzio 1-0-2. Totals 13-12-39.

Chelmsford: Gianna Copolla 5-1-14, Gabby Copolla 5-2-12, Rourke 3-1-7, Konte 4-0-9, Murphy 1-5-7, Antonelis 1-0-2. Totals 19-9-51.

Halftime: W, 29-15

3-pointers: HW, Rose; W, Gianna Copolla 3, Konte.

Records: HW, 17-6; W, 21-1.

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