"This was nice, but we haven't done anything yet. Our goal is to make it to the state championship."
Holly Jakobsons scored Pentucket's first nine points and finished with 11 points while Vanessa Cahill joined McNamara with nine points, freshman Coley Viselli had a pair of 3-pointers and eight points and classmate Tess Nogueira chipped in with four points and five rebounds.
"That's the beauty of our team," said coach McNamara. "We can be off our game offensively, but our defense always keeps us in it."
Overall, Pentucket forced 26 turnovers and held the Spartans to 6-of-29 shooting in the pivotal first half.
This will be Pentucket's fourth straight trip to the North finals, having won it in both 2007 and 2008. During that stretch, the Sachems are an impressive 89-8, but they have yet to get to the state championship game, a void they hope to correct in the next week.
Pentucket 58, St. Mary's 48
Division 3 North Semifinals
St. Mary's (48): Amenta 1-4-6, Ferrari 1-2-5, T.Faieta 8-5-21. Carey 3-0-6, Tiro 3-1-10. Totals 16-12-48
Pentucket (58): Lane 0-0-0, McNamara 1-6-9, C.Viselli 3-0-8, Jakobsons 4-2-11, A.Viselli 6-2-15, Iola 1-0-2, Higgins 0-0-0, T.Nogueira 2-0-4, Stephenson 0-0-0, Cahill 4-1-9. Totals 21-11-58
3-pointers: SM — Ferrari, Tiro 3; P — McNamara, C.Viselli 2, Jakobsons, A.Viselli
St. Mary's (17-7):10âÇâÇ9âÇ15âÇ14 — 48
Pentucket (24-0):19âÇ14âÇ14âÇ11 — 58