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January 5, 2013

Bishop Fenwick girls take care of Lowell Catholic

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“We used everybody which was nice,” said DeBaggis after his Crusaders improved to 6-2 on the season. “I don’t know if a game like this is going to help us get ready for St. Mary’s (on Monday), but it’s good to give the starters a long rest. They got mentally prepared for the game, but then got some rest which is good.

“We have some really good freshmen, and they are starting to play well at a higher level and have some confidence. Brennan has great control for a freshman, and she hit those two big bombs. Corcoran is tall, very aggressive, and fast. She’s not afraid to mix it up in the middle, and it was great to see her block those shots.”

Fenwick is always tough in its bandbox gym and dominated play right from the start with excellent defense and full court pressure that caused turnovers. That stifling defense was especially good in the third quarter when a combination of mostly freshmen and sophomores held the visitors to just one point. Corcoran grabbed a rebound and put it in, and then hit a buzzer beating layup to put her team ahead by 29 heading into the final frame.

“We have a good core, and a lot of good looking freshmen,” said DeBaggis. “Our JV team (51-33 winners) is mostly freshmen. They’re well coached, and they really get it. I think the next few years are going to be very exciting for us.

“Now we’ve got to get ready for St. Mary’s which is a big one for us. They’re undefeated, and we know we have to play our best to beat them.”

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