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December 21, 2012

Fenwick a family on and off court

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Fenwick has even picked up its scoring, increasing the margin of victory with every win.

“We’re a team that does play good defense, and now the offensive aspect has improved as well,” said DeBaggis. The Crusaders are looking to make it four straight wins against Medford tonight.

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On Tuesday, Swampscott got its first win of the season over Danvers. More importantly, Abrom Roberts got his first career victory as a varsity head coach.

“It’s a big deal for me. This is a what I love to do,” said Roberts, who coached the Big Blue junior varsity team last year. “I knew coming into the game if we could play good defense and rebound the ball well, we could get the win.

“I’m excited, and it’s always good to get the first win out of the way. I wish it could’ve been last Friday against Winthrop, but I’m happy that it was (Tuesday).”

The 28-year-old Baltimore native took over this season for long time head man Jack Hughes, who stepped down in June after 11 seasons with the program.

Roberts volunteered in the Beverly Kiwanis Club League and has been quite active in AAU basketball since moving to Massachusetts four years ago. He also works as a paraprofessional in the special education department at Briscoe Middle School in Beverly.

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Peabody is off to a 2-0 start and will be put to the test tonight against Lynn Classical (3-0) at home. The Tanners have seen tremendous production from juniors Carolyn Scacchi (14.5 ppg), Olivia Summit (11.5) and Alexandra Lomasney (11.5).

“I’m really very happy with the captain’s leadership and the junior leadership,” said veteran head coach Jane Heil. “They realize it’s their team and they’ve really stepped up.”

Even the young point guard on the team, freshman Sara Hosman, has made herself a spot in the starting lineup. She’s made significant scoring contributions as the second leading scorer on the team (11.5) along with Summit.

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