If you haven’t caught an Ipswich High girls game this season, then you’re missing out on seeing some serious hoop talent.
Since losing to Pentucket last year in the Division 3 North final, the Tigers have won eight straight contests to begin the season. Tonight Ipswich has a chance to make it nine in a row when it takes on Triton (1-7) at home.
With nearly half the season already played, you’d have to bet that Ipswich’s calendar has had a big circle around Tuesday’s away game against the defending Div. 3 champion Sachems in West Newbury.
It’s hard to argue the level of excellence that has returned to the Pentucket starting lineup, with four of its core players back from a year ago. The Sachems are without a doubt one of the most difficult teams Ipswich will see.
“We’re playing at Pentucket for the third year in a row,” said Ipswich head coach Mandy Carter-Zegarowski. “It’s always very hard to play there, although we should be used to it by now.
“They shoot very well from the outside, so we have to close out on defense. We have to play with confidence and make shots. We need to leave that game feeling like we gave it everything we had.”
In last year’s regular season game, Pentucket trumped the Tigers, 47-28, and handed them a similar loss (49-30) in the North final.
But the Sachems aren’t the only ones with a well-rounded roster. Led by senior captain Julia Davis, (16.1 points per game, 11.5 rebounds per game), Ipswich has one of the more talked-about teams in the Cape Ann League.
Davis and fellow senior captain Brigid O’Flynn bring a significant amount of leadership and experience to the court. They’re well on their way to guiding the Tigers back to the postseason for the ninth straight season.