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March 7, 2013

Gianna Addario column: Ipswich offense stifled by Pentucket in North semis

BEVERLY — The Ipswich girls basketball team hung around Beverly High’s Henry Cabot Lodge fieldhouse long after last night’s Division 3 North semifinal contest was over. The Tigers didn’t want to leave, because then their season would officially be over.

At some point however, the girls made their way to the busses and headed back home, and though the sting of the loss won’t go away for a while, the Tigers finished out a top-notch season.

There was little Ipswich could’ve done differently against top seeded Pentucket.

The Tigers got the open looks they were hoping for and played relatively strong defense for the majority of the game, but the shots were just not falling in their favor.

Scoring its lowest amount of points this season, Ipswich’s hopes of making it back to Tsongas Center for the second straight season were put to rest by the defending Div. 3 state champion Sachems in a 46-26 loss.

“I thought we got some good looks, we just couldn’t make the shots,” said Ipswich head coach Mandy Carter-Zegarowski. “I think nerves play a part of it. It’s unfortunate because I don’t think it was our best game and it’s tough to end the season on a note like that.

“Defensively, we did a good job for most of the game. Offensively, we just could not get it going, the ball was not falling. Turnovers were a big factor in the game”

Heading in, the odds were stacked against the Tigers (19-4). Only one team has been able to take down Pentucket this season and since then the Sachems have gone on a 10-game winning streak, including last night’s victory.

It wasn’t until the third quarter though, did Pentucket establish a significant lead — a lead it did not relinquish for the remainder of the contest. Cape Ann League Large MVP Nicole Viselli put in 10 points in the third quarter for the Sachems and went 9-for-10 from the free throw line.

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