One of Alosa’s main goals last year was getting her players to believe they are capable and to believe in the program.
“When I got to Salem, just meeting the girls in the program already, I just felt like they had so much ability,” she said. “Sometimes it doesn’t come out until they really start mentally believing in themselves.”
Alosa, who finished her master’s degree last year in sports management and is an assistant in special education at Salem High, saw a lot of positives last year as the season progressed.
“So I was really excited coming into this year,” said the 26-year-old coach.
Salem’s two signature wins over Pinkerton and Londonderry have helped boost the players’ confidence. The Blue Devils won 51-48 victory over the Astros in the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tournament.
“After that we played North Andover really strong (52-49 loss) and we almost beat them and they ended up winning the whole tournament. So I think at that point, we actually believed we could play with anyone and we’ve been playing teams very strong since then,” Blakslee said.
Salem beat Londonderry 71-62 last Tuesday. Londonderry has been the runner-up in Division 1 each of the past two years.
“I think after (Londonderry) our team really believes that we really are a good team, and I think that coach is such a huge part of that,” Hickey said. “Since I got here, it’s been about us more than anybody else. I think to turn a program back on the winning track, it’s so much about who we are and how we execute.”