the north face clearance Dominant defensegives Fenwick second sectional crown in three years
Having dispatched of their first three playoff foes, the Crusaders only had to defeat Bedford Saturday for their second Division 3 North title in the last three seasons. They did so convincingly, racing out to a big first quarter lead and never letting up in a 45 22 victory over the Bucs at the Tsongas Center.
“Its been a rewarding season,” said veteran head coach Adam DeBaggis. “For a while, we were working hard and not seeing any results. But now we’re getting the dividends from all that grinding. The reward isobviously showing now, and I hope the girls learn that lesson: just keep working hard and working through hard times.”
The newly crowned sectional champs are at their best whenmultipleplayersgetinvolved in the offense. That was certianly the case Saturday as seven different players got on the scoresheet for Fenwick in its 23 point triumph, with four of themtallyingsix or more points. Bishop Fenwick has squared off against the Division 3 South champions and its Catholic Central League rivals twice this winter, dropping both contests by scores of 45 24 and 53 38, respectively.
Before the game, DeBaggis noted how Bedford also excels in this aspect of the game and discussed their ability to get offensive production from all five players on the court. But aCrusaders’ strength that sets them apart from others is their suffocating defense. That unit, headed by a remarkable performance by captain Jennie Meagher, held the Buccaneers to only 11 points in the first half.
Even when Bedford swayed the momentum bynarrowing their deficitto five, Meagher’s demoralizing blocks and acute rebounding instincts quickly expunged the Buccaneers’ attempted comeback.
“It’s definitely awesome to be back in this spot,” said Meagher. “Especially since Fredi (DeGuglielmo, a senior guard) got hurt lastgameand couldn’t play. This one was for her . this one was for all of us.”
According to DeBaggis, this may be the best he’s ever seen his senior captain play in her entire Fenwick career.
“Jennie is driven right now,” said DeBaggis. “I think she realizes the end (of her career) is coming and she’s just going to play the best basketballshe’s ever played. It seemed like she had a million blocks, and inside she’s so confident right now that she’s a completely different player than she was a couple months ago.”