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January 18, 2014

Masco tops Lynnfield, earns state tourney berth

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Junior Amy Fogarty added some key minutes in the second quarter, hitting two jumpers, including a long 3-pointer.

Masconomet started the second half on 7-0 run, before Lynnfield called a timeout. The Chieftains finished out the quarter ahead 40-29, but the Pioneers got it to within six in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

“We’re a team that’s going to grind until the end,” said Lynnfield head coach Bob Melillo, who’s in his first year with the Pioneers. “The girls believe in what we’re trying to do and it’s easy to coach them because they play hard.”

Melillo has turned the program around and helped his team to an 8-2 record this season. The Pioneers are one of the top teams in the CAL and have what it takes to hang around late in games.

Lynnfield junior Emma Mancini led all scorers with 16 points.

Femino scored a team-high 15 points for Masco and grabbed eight rebounds, as well. Kiernan finished 12 points, while Collins added seven points and six assists. Kate Kitsakos contributed five points and eight rebounds.

Freshman Stephanie Mini, who finished with six points and five rebounds, has been a bright spot for Masco off the bench this season and has established herself as a prominent post player.

“The team is getting more confident finding her down low,” noted Romeo. “It’s been difficult from the standpoint for the past few years we never threw the ball into the post. We’re looking in a little more. They’re not used to it. but they’re getting there.”

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