, Salem, MA


January 25, 2013

Bounce Passes: Young players stepping up for local powers

Bounce Passes

Gianna Addario

Most of the local teams have had a week off from playing with midterms taking place. The teams return to action tonight, so rather than focus on a specific team— I’m taking the time to focus on certain players that have shown why they deserve to be on their respective roster.

Earlier this month Danvers head coach Pat Veilleux talked about the importance of being a confident player, especially for a younger player. The area teams are laden with freshmen talent and what better way to highlight the newcomers than to showcase their talents.

With age comes experience and for these group of freshmen, there’s no better type of experience than what they are exposed to during games. A lot of coaches rely heavily on their elder players to carry the scoring load and leadership role, but the younger girls are starting to factor into the lineups more and more.

At Danvers the primary scoring role falls on the only senior on the team— Kasey Sherry. Sherry and junior Emily McNulty usually get the bulk of Danvers’ points, but over the past two weeks a pair of freshmen have made their presence known. Devan Walsh and Hannah Llewellyn give scoring support to the Falcon’s second unit. In the win over Salem earlier this month, Walsh had 15 points off the bench, while Llewellyn dropped in a dozen during a close loss to Winthrop.

“These two girls are here for a reason,” said Veilleux. “If you take them on the team, it’s for a good reason. It’s a matter of just getting acclimated to the whole situation and sometimes it takes six or eight games, or sometimes it takes an entire season.”

During Beverly’s four-game win streak in early January, freshman Melissa Lubas anchored the run. Lubas scored nearly 50 points between those four games and has shown great poise at the free-throw line. At times head coach Matt Smith has even put out his second unit, led by Lubas, to create some offense for the Panthers.

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