Tewksbury Girls Basketball Team Gets First Win
TMHS downs Fenway Charter, 55-48 in Billerica Holiday Tournament.
Sophomore forward Nicole Chaet scored 15 points and freshman guard Sara Semenza scored a career-high 14 as the Tewksbury High girls basketball team earned their first victory of the season, 55-48 over Fenway Charter School in the semi-finals of the Billerica Holiday Tournament Tuesday night in Billerica.
With the win, Tewksbury (1-4) will face host Billerica Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in the tournament championship game.
"It was a much needed win," said coach Mark Bradley. "The girls worked hard and played well enough to win. We're very proud of them. We found our spot in the finals."
Tewksbury trailed 24-23 at halftime but Semenza, Chaet and senior forward Kim Fairweather (10 points) sparked the Redmen to a season-high 32 points in the second half. Junior guard Michelle Gavin and sophomore forward Kelli Sugrue added five points each while junior guard Sherri Liggerio scored four points and freshman center Chelsee Porcaro added two.
Bradley was particularly impressed with the play of Semenza, who broke into the starting line-up in the pre-season as returning starter Michelle Gavin was recovering from knee surgery.
"Sara is working hard on both sides of the ball," Bradley said. "She's making some mistakes but that's to be expected out of a freshman. She's learned a lot in a short time. We're pleased that we're going to have her for four years."
Sugrue, who missed several earlier games with a concussion, had her best outing of the year as well. Among the team's seven point scorers were two freshmen, two sophomores and two juniors.
"We're young and inexperienced, but we've got a lot to look forward to in the future," Bradley said.
The Redmen will have their hands full tomorrow night. Billerica easily dispatched Chelmsford, 73-47 Tuesday night.
"We'll give it our best," Bradley said. "Hopefully the girls will put it together and bring the same intensity tomorrow night."