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December 29, 2012

Ipswich beats Newburyport for tourney title

IPSWICH — Senior captain Julia Davis has picked up right where she left off last season. The Ipswich forward currently leads her team in scoring and helped the Tigers to a 55-42 victory over Newburyport in the Institution for Savings Holiday Tournament championship game last night.

Davis was awarded the tournament MVP for her 15 point performance in the game. She combined for 33 points and 24 rebounds between the tournament’s two games. A force offensively as well as defensively, Davis has played a leading role in the Tigers’ 4-0 start to the season.

“I thought Julia played tough,” said Ipswich coach Mandy Carter-Zegarowski. “Most of the possessions she had three people swarming her and it’s hard to see out of that. We knew Newburyport was going to be a very physical team, so I told her to just stay strong mentally and emotionally. She’s really matured in that area and was able to hold it together.

“She came through with some offensive rebound, fast break opportunities and even got to the foul line a couple of times. She did a little bit of everything tonight even with a lot of pressure on her.”

Early in the first quarter Davis had two steals, which transitioned nicely into back-to-back layups as the Tigers took a 12-8 lead after the opening quarter.

Ipswich got into foul trouble late in the first half with Masey Zegarowski and Caroline Soucy picking up three each. Their time was limited because of that, but the rest of the Tiger bench was able to extend the lead by halftime.

“I thought Brigid O’Flynn did a good job at taking over on the court,” said Carter-Zegarowski. “She was able to give the girls some confidence. Without Masey being on the court, I was really proud of Brigid, because she’s not usually a ball handler — but she came up big with a ton of energy.”

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