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February 23, 2013

Ipswich earns No. 4 seed, will host North Reading as MIAA releases girls hoops pairings


Also in Division 1, fourth-seeded Peabody hosts No. 13 Methuen on Tuesday. The Tanners earned a trip back to the postseason for the first time in three seasons.

This season has been a re-birth for the Tanners as legendary head coach Jane Heil earned her 500th career victory in late December and finished 16-4 overall.

Danvers has an interesting draw in Division 2 as the Falcons will host their Northeastern Conference rival Gloucester on Thursday (7 p.m.) in the first round.

The two teams split their regular season matchup as the latter game was decided by a point in overtime in favor of Gloucester.

“There’s something about playing a tournament game against a team in your league,” explained Danvers head coach Pat Veilleux. “I guess it’s better to play against the devil you know than the devil you don’t know. Gloucester did all the right things to win four straight. We’re up against it with Gloucester and I just think the world of them and what they’ve been able to do in the last three weeks of the season.”

Danvers (12-8) got in a tri-scrimmage against Masco and Bishop Fenwick yesterday and is looking forward to playing a tournament game in their newly renovated gymnasium.

Salem punched its playoff ticket in the regular season finale. Winning three straight to qualify for the tournament, the 14th-seeded Witches take on Arlington Catholic at Woburn on Thursday (7:45 p.m.).

Though Salem has many girls out with injury, the week off will certainly be beneficial to the Witches (10-10).

GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE TUESDAY Division 1 -- Methuen at Peabody, 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY Division 1 -- Cambridge at Masconomet, 7 p.m. Division 3 -- North Reading at Ipswich, 7 p.m.; Stoneham at Bishop Fenwick, 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY Division 2 -- Beverly at Chelsea, 7 p.m. THURSDAY Division 4 -- North Shore Tech at Lynnfield, 7 p.m. SATURDAY Division 3 -- Pentucket/Stoneham winner at Danvers, 7 p.m.

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