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December 19, 2012

Swampscott dials up the offense in win over Danvers

SWAMPSCOTT — Swampscott’s first year head coach Abrom Roberts has been stressing the importance of team defense. The Big Blue have stuck to their elite status on the defensive end of the court, but last night it was their offense that won them the game.

After dropping the first game of the season to Winthrop in a close contest, Roberts was determined to have his team ready for last night’s battle against Danvers. Swampscott opened with a strong first quarter and never looked back en route to a 42-32 victory over the Falcons at home.

“This win was huge for us,” said Roberts. “The girls played very well together. We knew if we could get a win out of this Danvers team, it would point us in the direction moving forward.

“Our whole objective going into the game was to not let (Kasey) Sherry get a lot of open looks. We played solid defense, our two-three zone really worked for us. We planned for Danvers all week long and it really paid off.”

Swampscott dropped 20 points in the first half and held Danvers to only nine. It wasn’t just senior captain Ara Talkov doing the scoring for the Big Blue, the points were equally distributed across the court.

Senior Rachel Moran recorded seven of her 11 points in first half to go along with a pair of rebounds, while Talkov had four rebounds and three assists in the first 24-minutes.

“That’s what we want, we want a well rounded team,” explained Roberts. “A lot of teams are going to look at us and think we only have Ara, but that’s not the case. I’ve been telling the girls that opponents are going to double and triple team Ara, but we need to still play our game and make our shots.”

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