Pentucket’s offense never seemed to click last night and, following the contest, Sachems coach John McNamara admitted that injuries took a major toll on his squad yesterday.
Starting guard Alex Moore was battling an injury to her shooting arm while backcourt mate Kelsi McNamara was dealing with a knee injury — both suffered in the North final.
Meanwhile, Coley Vilselli injured her ankle in the first quarter, remaining on the floor for more than a minute. She retuned to the game, but never found her stride.
Moore was the most hindered. She left the Tsongas Center on Saturday with a splint on her arm after taking a hard fall in the third quarter. But, at the time, she was confident she would be ready for Monday.
“Alex couldn’t shoot the ball,” said McNamara. “We had to play her as a decoy. Give her credit, she went out there and fought. Yesterday she couldn’t reach the rim. She played almost the whole game with one hand.
“We were all banged up. Coley, Kelsi too. But our kids competed like crazy. It shows hard tough they really are.”
Nogueira fights till end
It seemed a little unfair that Pentucket senior Tess Nogueira’s high school basketball career ended on a touchy foul with just over two minutes left yesterday, her fifth of the state semifinal.
For four years, Nogueira has scraped, clawed, fought and overcome pain to contribute as powerhouse Pentucket’s go-to post player.
If her career had to end on fouls, it should not have been on two iffy calls.
“Tess has been a great all-around player for us,” said John McNamara. “She has had a great career. Not many kids can say they made it to the Garden the last four years.”
The 6-foot Nogueira’s key role has always been fighting under the boards, battling for rebounds and defending players often much bigger than her — like last night against Archbishop William 6-foot-3 force Jaylen Williams.