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June 22, 2013

Favorite Moment: Gloucester girls hoop shows guts to beat rival

With the 2012-2013 school year coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on some of the tremendous action we saw on the high school sports fields from September through June.

It’s always difficult to narrow a favorite moment of the school year down to just one as there are always many worthy candidates. But this year, there was one moment, one game in fact, that not only left me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, but was the most important game of the season between a pair of evenly matched rivals that showed me something I’ve never seen before.

That game of course was the Valentine’s Day meeting between Gloucester and Danvers girls basketball at the Benjamin A. Smith Fieldhouse.

Before the Fisherman and Falcons even stepped on the floor that night there was a lot of anticipation. It was senior night for the Gloucester girls, on top of that the team, which came into the game with a record of 8-10, needed a win to keep its state tournament hopes alive. Combine that with the fact that Danvers is Gloucester’s biggest rival and beat the Fishermen in a very closely contested game earlier in the season and this game had the makings of something special. Needless to say it did not disappoint.

During the February contest, the Fisherman and Falcons showed off what they do best, play defense. There wasn’t an open look to go around for either squad as each possession was played like it was the last possession of the game.

The rivals entered the fourth quarter fittingly tied at 27-27, that’s when the game took a turn and gave me something I have never seen before. Through each physical possession, each loose ball, each battle for a rebound, the two teams went to overtime still tied at 27 a piece. That’s right the fourth quarter was a scoreless quarter.

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