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January 24, 2014

Bounce Passes: Area teams looking to make the extra push

It’s hard to believe that the second half of the North Shore girls basketball season is already under way, with most teams having already played more than half the games on their 2013-2014 schedule.

Masconomet (11-0) became the first local club to earn a tournament berth with its win over Lynnfield last Friday night. A few others including Peabody, Hamilton-Wenham, Danvers, Bishop Fenwick and Marblehead only need a few more wins to clinch a playoff spot.

For other local teams, it’s about making that extra push in hopes of having a chance to play at the DCU Center in March. Here is a look at quartet of teams still in tournament contention:

SWAMPSCOTT (3-7)

Though the Big Blue haven’t been able to put together back-to-back wins, their latest victory over Salem has them in right direction.

They’ve averaged 52.3 points in the three games that they’ve won, but only put up an average of 30.8 in the seven games they’ve lost. Scoring has come in spurts, but Swampscott is looking for consistent offense every night.

”Our win over Salem is the type of momentum we need to take with us in the second part of the season,” said head coach Abrom Roberts. “Despite the losing, the girls come to practice eager to learn. We’re just trying to put everything together.”

Freshman Jaymie Caponigro and senior Jacqueline Walsh have provided most of the scoring.

Caponigro has been one of the bright spots in the season. She’s hit double figures in the past two games and, despite being one of the youngest girls on the team, plays with the type of confidence Roberts is looking for.

While the Big Blue, who host Revere tonight (7 p.m.), are considered one of the younger teams in the Northeastern Conference, Abrom looks at it as a learning experience for the years to come. ”My goal every year is for the girls to become better basketball players,” said Roberts. “I’m looking to build a program, and it’s important to continue to move forward.”

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