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February 8, 2013

Bounce Passes: Danvers hits stride in time for tourney push

It was only a year ago when the Danvers basketball team finished its regular season at 5-15.

Over the past 12 months the Falcons have shown that they’ve left that record in the past, having already qualified for the tournament with a win over Swampscott on Tuesday night.

“I’m so happy for the girls,” said head coach Pat Veilleux. “We were just talking about the way we struggled against teams last year. At the end of the season we talked about how we could improve over the next few months and we did.”

Danvers, now 11-6 after last night’s win over Saugus, regrouped during the summer sessions as a handful of freshmen joined the team. Veilleux had a good feeling heading into the regular season with the group of players that he had.

Led by senior captain Kasey Sherry (13.2 ppg), the Falcons took something out of every game they played. Each contest was another lesson, which only helped them improve as the season went on.

In particular, Danvers had a pair of losses against Swampscott earlier in the year, but got that much needed win over the Big Blue on Tuesday.

“Those close games against Lynn Classical and Salem gave us a lot of confidence heading into this week’s games,” explained Veilleux. “After Swampscott thrashed us the first time, we weren’t feeling too good about ourselves, but we kept moving on.

“We got the win on Tuesday, but as a coach you’re never happy with a sloppy game. I like our depth right now and we got a lot of players some minutes who don’t always get to play.”

Freshmen Hannah Llewellyn and Devan Walsh have been a breath of fresh air off the bench and have made a huge impact on the court. Veilleux also made mention of the team’s unselfish play and the fact that they are more focussed on winning than on how many points they score.

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