(West Newbury MA) The names change but the approach to defense doesn’t.
Pentucket (3-0) held North Reading (2-1) to just two points in the first quarter and went from there to a 57-33 win on Friday night.
Both teams had started the season with two wins over Cape Ann League competition.
“Pentucket is ahead of us,” said NR coach Bob Melillo afterwards. “Their intensity level is better, and they are very good at running plays.”
On this night, the Sachems turned up layups on inbounds plays, backdoor cuts, and a full-court pass (Angelica Hurley) that led to a layup (Angelina Yacubacci) against full-court pressure.
Arielle Cleveland (16 points) tracks down a loose ball
After the first quarter (13-2) the Sachems joined the Hornets in struggling to score. That lasted into the final quarter. NR was within nine (31-22) as the 4th period began.