The Masconomet girls basketball team has rebounded nicely after falling in its season opener to Pentucket.
After last night’s 54-28 win over North Reading, the reason for the turnaround is clearly the Chieftains’ emphasis on the defensive end of the floor. Masconomet forced 40 turnovers while holding North Reading to just nine field goals in the game.
“We lost our opener to Pentucket, which is obviously a very good team, so to come back this week with two league wins is good,” said Masconomet head coach Bob Romeo. “Now we head into our Christmas Tournament next week with a little momentum ... hopefully.”
Senior forward Claudia Marsh and junior guard Nicole Femino had outstanding all-around games for the Chieftains. Marsh finsihed with 12 points, nine boards and five steals while Femino chipped in 11 points, six boards and seven steals. Sophomore guard Amy Fogart also turned in a nice offensive performance with 11 points.
“I like the way we’re getting better every day. Tonight, defensively we got after it from the opening tip,” said Romeo. “We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well but we were forcing turnovers.”
Ipswich 74, Georgetown 20: The Tigers (2-0) won with ease as Jenna Gagnon drailed five three-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points. The freshman also had six rebounds and four steals.
Caroline Soucy also had a big night for Ipswich with 16 points, five steals and four assists. Julia Davis added a dozen points; sophomore forward Jordan Morrissey contributed nine and sophomore Masey Zegarowski finished with eight points, seven assists and five steals.
Hamilton-Wenham 56, Newburyport 44: Cassandra Fibbe led H-W (3-1) with a team-high 18 points to go with six assists while Leslie Bynum chipped in two points and 10 rebounds. The entire team played fantastic trap defense, allowing Sue Rose to collect five steals along with her eight assists and eight points. The Generals had 17 assists as a team.
Bishop Fenwick 48, Medford 32: Kate Lipka had 14 points, five rebounds and three steals as the host Crusaders (4-1) scored 24 points and allowed just 16 in each half. Gianna Pizzano added 11 points, three assists and three steals in the victory while junior Chandler Wilder added 10 points, eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Lexi Rose contributed a half-dozen points in the win as well.
Winthrop 58, Marblehead 33: Emily Freedland and Mia Borgiono led the Magicians (2-2) with eight points each.
Danvers 54, Saugus 19: Danvers (2-1) played superb team defense, only allowing three Saugus players to score all night. The Falcons’ Kasey Sherry led all scorers with 14 points while Devin Walsh added 12 points.
Salem 52, Revere 48: Jaclyn Panneton poured in 18 points and freshman guard Brianna Rodriguez scored nine points and played excellent defense as Salem won its first game (1-2). Rachael Zipper added 10 points for the Witches.
Newburyport 54, Hamilton-Wenham 50: James Foye scored a team-high 14 points for the Generals (1-2), Henry Eager chipped in eight points and nine rebounds and Ben Kozlowski finished with seven rebounds and 11 points.
North Reading 69, Masconomet 48: Senior Zach Turcotte led Masco (0-3) with 11 points.
Georgetown 53, Ipswich 48: Kyle Blomster scored 11 points and Ben Rice chipped in 10, but it wasn’t enough for the Tigers (0-3). Erik Fyrer had a solid all-around game with seven points, five rebounds, three blocks, three steals, and two assists.
Salem 63, Revere 56: Senior guard Christian Dunston scored a game-high 28 points. He scored 16 points in the first half and made some clutch free throws down the stretch to clinch the game for the Witches (3-0). Jared Louf-Woods scored seven points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and David Kazadi scored four points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench. Marvin Baez also hit double figures with 13.
Marblehead 58, Winthrop 52 (2 OT): Junior Matt Millett scored 15 points and came away with six steals to help the Magicians win in double overtime. Sophomore forward Angel Perez came off the bench to contribute eight points and 18 rebounds. Cam Saunders scored 12 points while Alex Conn collected 10 points and seven boards for Marblehead (1-2).