, Salem, MA


January 24, 2014

Bounce Passes: Area teams looking to make the extra push


Look for Salem to put it together down the stretch.


The Tigers dropped their last two games, but have had seen some promising wins after switching coaches in the early part of the season from Dot Stanley to Doug Woodworth.

Ipswich is completely different team from a year ago. After graduating its core lineup,Jenna Gagnon, Bridget Curran, Jackie Gagnon and Jordan Morrissey now make up the key returning players while Kelsey Daly, Marissa Cain and Abby McCarthy are some of the newcomers who are providing depth.


After playing four games in six days last week, Masconomet had a few days off to get ready for its next half of the schedule. The Chieftains take on Georgetown tonight and then are off again until Wednesday, when they play Manchester Essex.

At 11-0, Masconomet is the only team left in our coverage area that remains undefeated. With that said, the Chieftains are preparing for some tough opponents in the coming weeks. They open February against Pentucket, which has been playing much stronger as of late. They’ll also go up against two other Cape Ann League Large rivals, Hamilton-Wenham and Newburyport.

Masconomet has a true test right before the playoffs start, going to the St. Mary’s of Lynn tournament. The Chieftains go up against Lexington, but could play either NEC Large frontrunner Lynn English or Newton North in the second of the two-day tourney.


Ex Bishop Fenwick star Amy Pelletier is having quite the season for herself at Stonehill. The junior guard is averaging 15.6 points per game and is shooting 54-of-109 from beyond the arc.

The Beverly native has started in all 14 games And has helped her team to 10-4 record overall. Pelletier’s best game of the season came against Franklin Pierce, in which she scored 24 points.

Pelletier, a former Salem News Player of the Year, hit double digits in a dozen contests this winter and scored over 15 points in nine of them.

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