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March 14, 2013

Cape Ann Dream Team: Girls Basketball: Toughness is the name of the game on Cape Ann

In the grand scheme of things, this past season was a forgettable one for the girls basketball programs of Cape Ann.

Sure, the Gloucester girls made an impressive late-season surge to the Division 2 North tournament, and the Manchester Essex girls made another return to the D-4 tournament.

Even Rockport, a team that’s struggled mightily over the past several years, saw serious improvements after tweaking its schedule and limiting its affiliation with the Cape Ann League.

At the end of the day, though, neither Gloucester nor Manchester Essex won a tournament game, and the three teams finished the year with a combined 24-36 record.

But what if we could combine the three teams and make a Cape Ann Dream Team? Without a ton of size, this squad would likely struggle on the glass. With some of the talent around, though, they’d sure have enough to overcome that.

Here’s how things would look to us.

Starting Five

PG - Katie Ciaramitaro, Gloucester. The senior co-captain didn’t light up the stat sheet for the 10-11 Fishermen, finishing the season averaging just 4.5 points per game, the lowest average on this squad. Scoring’s not what makes Ciaramitaro so valuable, though. She was a downright tenacious defender throughout her time with the Fishermen, and there’s very little chance Gloucester would have made the tournament were it not for her ability to shut down opponents.

She also turned herself into a solid point guard on the offensive end as the season wore on, running the point with poise down the stretch and helping push the Fishermen to their season-ending four-game winning streak. And while her numbers weren’t eye popping, she proved plenty capable of scoring when her team needed it this season, both on the drive and with a mid-range jumper.

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