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.