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December 14, 2012

Bounce Passes: Rarin' To Go; Local girls teams set for season openers

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North Shore Tech fell to Greater Lawrence Tuesday despite Julie DeGenova (8 points) and junior Christa Leger (7) leading the offensive attack.

Jon DeMarco took over the Hamilton-Wenham program this season and has his girls off to a 1-0 start after a 52-35 win over Manchester Essex Wednesday. DeMarco is focused less on individual stats and more on the team as a whole.

The method seems to be working as the Generals pulled away with an impressive second half performance Wednesdaay, led by Cassandra Fibbe (11 points) and Leslie Bynum (8). Rebounds also played a big role as H-W pulled down 41 as a team, including 12 by Sam Charette.

H-W graduated just two girls from last year and the team’s core has returned.

“It took us a little while to get our feet under us,” DeMarco said. “We turned up the pressure and started making our layups.”

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Peabody, Salem, Danvers, Swampscott, Ipswich and Masconomet begin their seasons tonight. Both the NEC and Cape Ann League look pretty well balanced this year, which always makes for an interesting season.

The Tanners have plenty of height back as 6-foot-2 center Carolyn Scacchi and 5-11 forward Olivia Summit return to the starting lineup. A young team in general, Peabody will lean on experienced juniors in Scacchi, Summit and Alexandra Lomasney to anchor things.

Head coach Jane Heil has five sophomores, one freshman and the rest juniors to round out the roster. The Tanners are a forward-heavy team, and it’ll be interesting to see who’ll run the point tonight against Salem.

Speaking of the Witches, they’re also in the middle of a youth movement. Salem returns three seniors, Shanteliz Nunez, Courtney Shearstone and Kayla Hawland, who saw some playing time last year. But for the most part, they’ll rely heavily on underclassmen.

The preseason and practices have gone well and coach John Fortunato said the girls are picking up and learning the system quickly.

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