Masco to much for Marblehead to handle

Photo by Gerard DiStefano

The Marblehead girls’ basketball team traveled to Masconomet Tuesday night for an out on conference
matchup. The Magicians were unable to keep up with the Chieftans, as they fell 49-30.
Marblehead head coach Paul Moran liked his team’s effort despite the result.
“Masco is one of the better teams we will play against all season, and they did a good job making us
uncomfortable throughout,” Moran said. “Even though the game was not going our way tonight, the
girls never gave up and kept fighting until the final whistle blew. That type of effort does not go
unnoticed and will pay off in games moving forward.”
The Magicians were down 6-0 two minutes into the first quarter, as the Chieftans connected on two
three-pointers. Marblehead scored its first points of the game on a strong right-handed drive that Tessa
Andriano finished in traffic, which made the score 6-2 Masco. The Magicians struggled dealing with the
Chieftans defensive pressure early on, as Marblehead was held to four points in the first and trailed 21-4
at the end of the frame.
The second quarter started much like the first, as the Chieftains went on an 8-0 run to start the quarter.
The Magicians started to handle the defensive pressure better midway through second, as they
outscored Masco 7-3 in the final four minutes of the quarter. Andriano had another strong drive that
she finished at the rim during Marblehead’s 7-3 run. The Magicians trailed 32-11 at the end of the first
Marblehead was better in the second half, as they outscored Masco 19-17 in the half. The Magicians’
highest scoring quarter was the third, as they opened the quarter with Andriano driving the ball towards
the basket and found Katie Burns open in the middle of the paint. Burns finished the layup through
contact, which made the score 32-13 Masco. A few minutes later, Sam Dormer ran a perfectly executed
pick and roll with Sarah Bosio, as Dormer found Bosio rolling to the basket, and she converted the open
layup, which made the score 43-17 Masco.
Marblehead trailed 45-21 heading into the fourth quarter but saved its best quarter for last. The
Magicians switched its defense from zone to man-to-man and ended outscored the Chieftains 9-4 in the
final frame. In the fourth, Marblehead’s Carlin McGowan found Dormer open cutting to the basket, and
Dormer finished the layup, which cut Masco’s lead to 19 (45-26 with 5:20 left on the clock).
Moran was proud of the way his team finished the game.
“Like I said earlier, these girls never quit, and they work really hard game in and game out,” Moran said.
“Setting the hard-working tone are our three senior captains Isabelle Ferrante, Stella Monaco and Carlin
(McGowan). These three girls do an amazing job leading us during practices and games every day, and I
am lucky to have them a part of this team.”
Leading the way for Marblehead was Dormer, as she filled up the stat sheet (four points, three
rebounds, three assists and three blocks). Andriano also had a solid performance for the Magicians (four
points, three rebounds and two steals).

Marblehead has two more games this week and will look to bounce back on Thursday when they take on Essex Tech.