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January 25, 2014

WEAR AND TEAR: Hamilton-Wenham's defense too much for Ipswich

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“I thought we were settling taking three-pointers. We were making them, but I wanted the girls to get to the basket,” added DeMarco. “Sam did a great job at getting there. It was a big momentum shift in the game for us.”

Charette finished with a double-double dropping in a game-high 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Generals. Fellow senior captains Catherine Ecker and Suz Rose (six rebounds, seven assists, five steals) both added eight points in the win, while Haley Willis contributed with seven.

Freshman Kelly Walsh came off the bench and made her presence known on defense, gathering five steals in the first half alone.

The Tigers were aggressive getting their shots off, but they weren’t falling for them. Bridget Curran scored a team-high nine points, while Jenna Gagnon added six.

Freshman Kelsey Daly has taken on the role of point guard this season after Masey Zegarowski made the move Brewster Academy.

Daly, who finished with three points, ran the point with efficiency given her age.

“She’s going to be a good player,” noted Woodworth. “We’ve asked a lot of her. It’s hard to run the point at the varsity level as a freshman. Coming from a middle school program to being the starting point guard, she does a good job. She’s a very competitive girl and this type of game is only going to make her better.

Hamilton-Wenham held Ipswich to only six points in the final quarter, including two jumpers. The Tigers were also undersized compared to the height the Generals have, which led to many more rebounds for Hamilton-Wenham.

“We talked about not allowing them any second shots, which meant we needed to box out and limit the turnovers,” explained Woodworth. “We didn’t do either one of those things and that cost us. We battled back, but we don’t have enough offensive threats.”

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