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Fenway girls win big behind star point guard Veiga-Lee

Posted by Zolan Kanno-Youngs  March 4, 2013 10:57 PM

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Fenway guards Tanajay Veiga-Lee (right) and Cadieja Mathews (left) fight for a loose ball ((Pavel Dzemianok / For the Boston Globe))

Another great game from Tajanay Veiga-Lee resulted in another Fenway blowout win Monday night.

The senior point guard scored 24 points to go with 9 rebounds, propelling her team to a 71-45 win over Shawsheen Tech at Malden High School. The defending Division 4 state champion is now just one win from another trip to the Garden.

“She’s All-Scholastic, she led us to the state title last year, she’s our leader, and she’s elevated her level of play so we’re just taking her lead,” Fenway coach John Rice said.

Veiga-Lee was especially clutch in closing minutes of the first half, one of the more crucial points of the game, according to Rice.

With Shawsheen leading, 19-13, Fenway went on a 17-1 run to close the half. Veiga-Lee scored 6 of those 17 points with less than a minute to go, opening up Fenway’s lead to 10 entering the break.

“Blame the coach on that one,” Shawsheen head man Dick Barriss said. “I was trying to save people for rest thinking that they've only got two minutes so I should be all right but unfortunately I wasn’t all right tonight.”

Fenway never looked back after that. Coming out of the break, Veiga-Lee scored the first 5 points to extend the lead to 15. The point guard scored 11 points in the quarter to give her team a 16-point cushion entering the fourth.

“She’s like a guy playing against girls, I mean she’s that talented,” Barriss said. “She can do anything she wants to do. I tried multiple defenses and you pick one and it really didn’t make a difference.”

Despite her dominant play on the court, Veiga-Lee didn’t hesitate to share the credit.

“I just played team ball,” Veiga-Lee said. “My team helped me out; I was passing it to them, they were making their shots and we came out with the victory.”

Freshman guard Takora Mcintyre had 13 points and sophomore center Jalissa Ross contributed 8 points to the win.

Veiga-Lee and Rice both said the team will not be satisfied until it has another state championship.

“We’re not taking anything for granted,” Rice said. “We’re just taking each opponent one game at a time. We’re not saying we’re that team to beat, we’re just trying to repeat."

Zolan Kanno-Youngs covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at kannoyoungs.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @KannoYoungs.

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