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March 20, 2014

Peabody girls freshman hoopsters finish fourth straight unbeaten season

Beating the Peabody High School freshman girls’ basketball team is something no opponent has been able to do for the past four years.

Peabody finished its season at 15-0, averaging 51 points per game while allowing only 17.

“I have been fortunate to have very good kids,” said head coach Stan McKeen. “These girls played well and got along great both on and off the court. It was a pleasure to coach them.”

The team’s 12 players all took turns starting, and the playing time was divided up equally. Good shooters and strong rebounders helped Peabody topple all of their foes and they also hit 33 three-pointers, including 17 of those from guard Alyssa Alperen.

Delaney Corson, Rebecca Sabino, Marisa Tisi and Ali Demeo took charge down low and were strong defensive players. Demeo provided a spark with her aggressive play. Point guards Kirsten Bradley and Carla Patania ran the show and were on the court with every group; both improved tremendously as the season went on, said McKeen. They saw the court well and did a nice job running the half court offense.

Jillian Amirault, Kelly Crotty and Shannon Grafton played either shooting guard or small forward while Alyssa Rice could play small or power forward. All are very strong defensive players.

“Crotty is very fast and aggressive,” said McKeen. “Grafton is a lefty who hit some threes for us. Her confidence grew in the second half of the season. Rice is also an excellent defensive player who is very smart and had a lot of steals.

“Alperen and Molly Tansey were the glue to this team. Alyssa did it on offense; Molly on defense. Tansey is so versatile she played everywhere from 1 to 5. She has great knowledge of the game, is very unselfish and a great rebounder.”

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