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January 30, 2013

Girls basketball: Breslin, Pinkerton know February schedule will be challenging

Sam Breslin and her Pinkerton team has a 13-1 record presently but they know their schedule gets much, much tougher in February. The Astros face Londonderry, Nashua North, Bishop Guertin and Bedford to begin the month.

All four foes are in the top five of the Division 1 standings along with Pinkerton.

Pinkerton also faces Salem in the regular season finale. The Blue Devils are seventh in Division 1 and won 51-48 over the Astros in the Greater Lawrence Girls Christmas Tournament.

“We’re definitely aware that the second half of the schedule is a lot more difficult than the first half has been,” Breslin said. “We’re just focused on each game, trying to improve and focusing on the things we need to work on. For the most part, we’re fairly young. We have a handful of juniors. We have a starting sophomore (Val Martin) and our bench is pretty young. So we have a lot of work to do.”

Breslin, a returning Eagle-Tribune All-Star, is the lone senior and captain for Pinkerton, which began this season with six juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.

“We work extremely well as a team,” Breslin said. “We’re short but we’re really fast and really aggressive.”

Except for the Salem game, Pinkerton has dominated most all other New Hampshire oppnents. Spaulding and Nashua South are the only two in-state opponents the Astros haven’t beaten by double-figures.

“A lot went wrong in that Salem game,” Breslin said. “We struggled from the floor. Our press wasn’t working out well. We struggled on defense. We got into a little bit of foul trouble early. We just had a hard time working together and finding each other and getting things to go our way. They attacked us right out of the gate a lot more than we were expecting. And it was hard for us to get back and recover from that. So we’re looking forward to playing them again.”

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