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December 15, 2012

Masco falls to Pentucket in home opener

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Penucket went up by seven (21-14) at halftime, but the Chieftains cut the deficit to two midway through the third quarter.

“The way we’re going to hang in this year is we’re going to have play tough defense and hopefully make some easy baskets on our end,” said Romeo. “Once these girls get going and get some confidence, I think we’re be OK. The girls work really hard.”

The Sachems made it difficult for Masco to run sufficient offense, applying the a full court press, which created a number of turnovers for the Chieftains.

“It creates some offense and takes them out of their game a little bit,” coach John McNamara said of Pentucket’s full court press. “It worked for us and certainly got us some baskets.

“Coming into Masco and getting a win is a good thing, because they’re a great program and well coached. We’ll take the win, but we have some work to do.”

Three-year starter, Claudia Marsh, dropped in four points and added seven rebounds. Marsh has played a pivotal role on the team for the past few seasons and will be an important part of this year’s young squad.

Nicole Femino finished with 15 rebounds and seven points, while Meghan Collins added nine rebounds and five points.

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