Danvers (1-1) made numerous runs in the second half and cut the deficit to as little as eight at one point, but couldn’t get that go ahead lead it was looking for.
“The first quarter set the whole tempo of the game,” said Danvers coach Pat Veilleux. “You know what makes Swampscott a good team is Ara’a unselfishness. We tried to do a lot to stop her in the first half and we were able to contain her points, but she then she had a ton of assists. Other girls stepped up for them and that’s what we’re looking from our team as well.”
Senior captain Kasey Sherry anchored down the scoring for the Falcons with four three-pointers to finish with a team-high 12 points and junior Emily McNulty added eight points with work inside the paint.
“We have some things we need to work on,” added Veilleux. “The terrible start wasn’t what we were hoping for. Sometimes you just come out flat. I think we were prepared, but when you’re on the floor you need to be able execute. We were trying to force things that just weren’t there.”
The Big Blue returned just one starter from last year in Talkov, but isn’t letting that hold them back. The Columbia University-bound Talkov finished with a game-high 15 points, while point guard Alexa Goldman added eight.
Danvers had 11 steals in the second half and held Swampscott to just seven points in the final quarter.
“It’s still early, but I’m not too concerned,” said Veilleux. “The thing that I love about our team is that we never quit and we never will. We turned it up a notch in the second half when things started to get out of hand and we did make a run at them.”