The Ipswich girls basketball team has seen its fair share of opponents this season. Among them— Cape Ann League opponent North Reading at the end of January.
The Tigers’ 26-point victory might have been just another regular season win at the time, but now that the two teams will meet next week in the Division 3 state tournament first round, the game has become that much more meaningful.
Ipswich drew the No. 4 seed and will host the 13th seeded Hornets on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and isn’t taking anything for granted. The Tigers realize their regular season record is wiped clean and there’s no thing as a guaranteed win the postseason.
“It’s a new season and new start and we have to come out on both ends of the court,” said Ipswich head coach Mandy Zegarowski. “I’m very excited about having a home game and that we didn’t bye, because sometimes you’re waiting around all week for the game.
“I like that we’re playing Wednesday, especially because we played last Sunday, Monday and Thursday. We’re just trying to take one game at time right now and be prepared.”
Ipswich finished 17-3 this year with losses to Div. 3 counterparts top seeded Pentucket and second seeded St. Mary’s. On Thursday the Tigers capped off their regular season with a road win against Arlington Catholic and are using that motivation moving forward.
“I’m proud of the girls, it’s very hard to win in that gym,” noted Zegarowski. “They came in focused after the loss to St. Mary’s on Monday.”
Sophomore Masey Zegarowski poses as an offensive threat to any team she faces in the tournament. As the leading scorer (14.9 ppg.) on the team, Zegarowski can hit the 3-pointers and drive in the lane. Her speed and skill are rarely matched by those who have the job of guarding her.