Masco has seen its share of opponents this season and secured itself a spot in the tournament with a win over North Andover a few weeks back. The Chieftains have proved that they mean business even after graduating nine seniors from last year’s team.
Junior Hannah Kiernan leads the team in points, averaging 12.6 per game. Senior captain Claudia Marsh and junior Nicole Femino round out the core of the starting lineup, with other girls contributing as role players.
Teams can often live or die by the three-point shot. On the defensive end, it’s difficult to decide whether to contest the three or stop the easy baskets down low.
Last Friday Hamilton-Wenham dealt with a similar situation in which it had to defend an experienced three-point shooter in Ipswich guard Masey Zergarowski, or try to stop the easy baskets in the paint.
The Generals decided to make post player Julia Davis work hard for 13 points down low, which left Zegarowski open. The sophomore shooter went off for six three-pointers in the victory over H-W and finished with a game-high 26 points.
“It has to be team effort defensively,” said H-W coach Jon DeMarco. “A couple of times they got down after the press and Masey had three three-points in the first half and we didn’t have a person within five feet of her. We knew couldn’t have that and a credit to her for hitting those shots.”
Bounce Passes, a column on North Shore girls basketball, runs in The Salem News every Friday during the winter season. Contact Gianna Addario at GAddario@salemnews.com, 978-338-2615 and follow her on Twitter @GiannaAddarioSN.
2012-2013 GIRLS BASKETBALL LEADERS Player Games Points Average 1. Ara Talkov, Swampscott 11 174 15.4 2. Julia Davis, Ipswich 14 216 15.4 3. Masey Zegarowski, Ipswich 14 213 15.2 4. Kasey Sherry, Danvers 14 179 12.8 5. Hannah Kiernan, Masco 13 164 12.6 6. Jaclyn Panneton, Salem 12 143 11.9 7. Emily Freedland, Marblehead 13 152 11.6 8. Carolyn Scacchi, Peabody 12 140 11.6 9. Cassandra Fibbe, H-W 13 143 11 10. Katlyn Oliver, Pingree 15 157 10.5 Three-point leaders: Kasey Sherry, Danvers 40; Masey Zegarowski, Ipswich 32; Kate Lipka, Fenwick 25; Emily Freedland, Marblehead 23; Arianna Gafney, Salem 18.