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March 7, 2013

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

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“The first half we were just on life support trying to get through it with foul trouble,” said Pentucket head coach John McNamara. “I think we trapped better in the second and got some layups. We were able to take control of the game and change the tempo.”

Ipswich put up five points in the first quarter, but had its worst scoring quarter in the fourth, netting just two points in the final stanza.

“At halftime I thought we were in pretty good shape,” noted Carter-Zegarowski. “This just didn’t turn out to be a good offensive game for us.”

Sophomore Caroline Soucy scored a team-high eight points, with six of those coming in the third quarter. Soucy, one of many young, talented players on the Tigers will surely be back next season prepared to make another tournament run.

“We have a really good team bond that I don’t think a lot of teams have,” said Soucy. “Overall, I think we had a great season and we’ll be back.”

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Ipswich says goodbye to its two senior captains, Julia Davis and Brigid O’Flynn. The duo has been on the team for the past four years and was the true backbone and anchor of the squad this season.

“They’ve been everything to us,” said Carter-Zegarowski. “They bring a lot of character and they’re our leaders. They’ve willed some wins for us. For what we have, I feel like they got the very best out of the girls.”

Davis (six points, 11 rebounds) did just about everything she could in the final quarter to keep the Tigers in the game. She drove hard to the basket and took midrange jumpers, but aside from her lone basket in the first minute of the final quarter, her shots would just not drop in.

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