Now the games count for real.
Six of our local girls basketball teams — Pingree, Marblehead, Beverly, Bishop Fenwick, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie and Hamilton-Wenham — made their season debuts earlier this week, while six other clubs are set to open their 2012-13 campaign tonight.
Where do your favorite teams stand at this very moment? And what can we expect from this season’s stars on the hardwood?
For starters, let’s take a look at the clubs that have a game under their belts already:
Pingree is off to a 2-2 start with wins over Bancroft and Dana Hall. The Highlanders are looking to finish with more wins than losses after a combined nine wins the past two years.
In the Northeastern Conference, Marblehead defeated Everett 35-24 in its home opener Tuesday. Junior guard Emily Freedland scored a game-high 18 points along with two assists, seven steals, and four rebounds. The Magicians could very well be the front runners in the NEC South Division.
Beverly had a four-point lead against Methuen Tuesday at the end of the first quarter, but a second half blitz and some great work under the boards by the Rangers determined the outcome of the game. Senior captain Andrea Zelano dropped in 11 points while sophomore Hannah Silvestri added 10 in the loss. The Panthers take on Lynn Classical tonight in their first league game of the season.
Bishop Fenwick fell to a strong Archbishop Williams team, but appeared to play solid team defense. Kate Lipka and Chandler Wilder led the Crusader scorers with nine points apiece. As always the Catholic Central League appears tough, but Fenwick head coach Adam DeBaggis believes his sqauad will be able to hang with the best of them.
”Last year we lost to some of those teams that we should have beaten,” said DeBaggis. “That can’t happen this season. It’s too tough of a league to not get those wins.”