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Madison Park beats Snowden 56-22 in first girls basketball game of season

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  December 11, 2012 07:03 PM

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Madison Park senior guard Amber Edwards goes up hard for a layup against Snowden on Tuesday afternoon. Edwards scored a game-high 20 points in the season opener. (Stan Litchman / For the Boston Globe)

Madison Park and Snowden’s girls' basketball teams faced off Tuesday afternoon in both teams first game. Madison Park coach Carla Hands expressed concern over her small team, while Snowden coach June Robinson was worried about practice time since her school doesn’t have a gym.

It turned out Madison Park had no need to worry, as they beat Snowden, 56-22. The win was secured with the help of 5-foot-7-inch senior guard Amber Edwards, who scored 20 points.

“I like that I got a lot of points in my first game of the season but I’m very humble,” she said. “I’m a senior and I love showing leadership.

“I’m focused on my team, that’s why I’m here.”

Madison Park came out strong in the first quarter, leading Snowden, 21-2, as Edwards and her 5’6” twin Krystal both scored 8 points.

The Cougars couldn’t keep up with the Cardinals, and trailed, 35-10, at halftime.

“For our first game they were playing pretty well,” Robinson said. “They’re not used to playing together yet and it’s a lot of the girls’ first time.

“They just need to get to know each other better.”

Amber Edwards finished with 20 points while Krystal Edwards added 16.
At an early point Coach Hands realized she didn’t have much to worry about, but she still wants her girls to work even harder for next time.

“Every one, even the younger ones stepped up and played a really big role in this game so I’m really proud of the ladies,” she said. “But we’ve got a lot to work on and as a coach I’m greedy.

“I’m happy we won, but I want more.”

Coach Robinson plans to work with her team on fundamental skills and team bonding, but still feels that Snowden’s lack of a gym puts the Cougars at a disadvantage.

“We have to take a bus to practice every day so camaraderie is different because we have to travel,” she said. “Then we have to go to another school and cant start until 4:30.

“But because of this the girls on the team are very committed - some even have to pay to ride the bus to practice every day.”

Mary Pavlu covers Boston Public School athletics. She can be reached at Mary.Pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryPavlu

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