LYNN — When Ipswich found out it would play Bedford in the St. Mary’s Spartan Classic, head coach Mandy Carter-Zegarowski had mixed emotions about facing a potential Division 3 state tournament opponent.
After all, Ipswich upset the top-seeded Buccaneers in the semifinals just a year ago and will more than likely meet again in a few weeks for another playoff matchup.
Carter-Zegarowski has to feel good about her team’s chances against Bedford if in fact these two teams do see each other down the road as the Tigers ran away with a 53-44 victory last night. Ipswich (16-2) will take on St. Mary’s in the championship game tomorrow night at 7:30.
“We were playing the game to win,” said Carter-Zegarowski. “We want a good seed in the tournament and we want to be able to go into the playoffs with confidence.
“I thought we did a good job coming out in the first half and we were able to move the ball well. We still missed a lot of shots, but we were getting the type of shots we wanted.”
Bedford started the game on a 5-0 run, but Ipswich took control the rest of the way. Ipswich held the Buccaneers to just a single free throw in the second quarter and took a 32-11 lead into halftime.
The Tigers were able to build up much of their momentum in the second quarter and saw contributions across the board. Point guard Masey Zegarowski scored a team-high 15 points to go along with her five assists and two steals.
“Ipswich is a really good team and we just need to find what works and what doesn’t,” said Bedford head coach Matt Ryan. “Masey’s just an incredible point guard and she can control the entire game. You can’t stop her even if you double team her, she’s that good.”