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January 30, 2013

Area roundup: Hamilton-Wenham girls survive in overtime to qualify

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The Hamilton-Wenham girls basketball team has committed itself to doing the little things on the basketball court this season.

Last night on the road, the little things gave the Generals a big win.

H-W downed Manchester Essex, 52-49 in overtime to move to 9-4 overall which qualifies the Generals for the post season.

“It’s tremendous to have girls that are willing to do the little things. It makes such a difference,” said H-W head coach Jon DeMarco. “In a game

like this (against ME) where it’s a rock fight, trying to do all the little things made the difference. The extra rebounds and steals gave us extra opportunities in the fourth quarter.”

Haley Willis led all H-W scorers with 13 points but it was big plays and consistent numbers from so many different contributors that helped the Generals overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit. Sam Charette (eight rebounds and four blocks) had four big points in the fourth quarter and Carolyn Cook (six points) drained a big, three-pointer that proved to be the dagger in overtime.

Cassandra Fibbe had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds, Catherine Ecker finished with 10 boards and point guard Sue Rose had seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Julia Fibbe and Lesley Bynum didn’t find their ways into the scoring sheet but both played strong defense along with Taylor Morong, who was back for the first time since getting injured earlier in the season.

Ipswich 58, North Reading 32: Sophomore Masey Zegarowski dished out 12 assists to go with 14 points and Caroline Soucy scored a game high 18 points as Ipswich improved to 12-2 overall. Senior Courtney Eramo played outstanding defense against the 6-foot, 4-inch Adrianna Flanagan (three points) and Julia Davis chipped in eight points, 10 rebounds and seven steals.

Danvers 54, Beverly 43: Ashley Arnoldy had eight points and 10 rebounds as Danvers (8-6) moved another step closer toward qualifying for the state tournament. Delaney Zecha (eight points) and Kasey Sherry (10 points) were the offensive catalysts and helped the Falcons sustain four full quarters of play. Andrea Zelano led Beverly (5-9) with 10 points.

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