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Tewksbury Girls Open With A Win

Dec 13, 2014 12:21AM ● Published by Rick Spencer

Junior point guard Emily Velozo poured in a career-high 23 points to lead the Tewksbury High girls' basketball team to a convincing 46-28 win over Haverhill High in the season opener for both teams Friday night in Haverhill.
Molly Robertson added seven points while Amanda Brown and Shannon Smith contributed five each for Tewksbury, which jumped out to a 17-4 first quarter lead and led 27-12 at halftime.
"It's always good to come out and get your first win," said TMHS coach Mark Bradley. "Overall I think the girls played really well. I thought we were the more aggressive team, and that's the style we want to play."
Bradley was pleased with the play of Brown and Smith, two seniors who will be called upon to play leadership roles this winter.
"Amanda and Shannon logged a lot of minutes for us last year, and they're going to have to fill the gap left by some of the girls who graduated," Bradley said.
The team lost a trio of four-year contributors to graduation last spring. Twin sisters Sara and Shannon Semenza and center Chelsee Porcaro were the nucleus of last year's team that compiled a 14-6 record and qualified for the state tournament.
"Those three were very important to our program for a lot of years," Bradley said. "We're sort of starting from scratch, but our athleticism helped us tonight. We were scrappy. We rebounded well. Some of the girls who worked hard over the summer really stepped up.  It was a good win, a good way to start."

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Schools, Sports Mark Bradley, Emily Velozo, Shannon Smith, Amanda Brown

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