After blowing out Shawsheen Tech by 26 points in the Division 4 semifinals, Fenway once again has a challenge standing between them and TD Garden.
The girls' team is set to take on No. 1 Whittier on Friday at 6 p.m. at Emmanuel College and coach John Rice said his team needs to play its best game of the season to win.
“They have good parts; they have good scrappy guards, they can penetrate, they can shoot. They have the enforcer back there on defense, a 6-4 kid who can change shots and intimidate, especially on the high school level,” Rice said.
Rice said one of Whittier's biggest strengths is its defense.
“They press, they get back, they keep you in front of them and they change defenses,” Rice said. “The coach will try different things throughout the course of the game to put his team in a position to win.”
To break down that defense, Fenway will count on point guard Tajanay Veiga-Lee. The senior All-Scholastic led Fenway to the state title last season and is coming off a 24-point game.
However, Rice said that it will take a team effort to defeat Whittier.
“We mainly focus on our team defense and our unselfish play. That’s who we are and that’s what we bring,” Rice said.
Veiga-Lee also agreed that she would need help if Fenway hopes to go to the Garden.
“I can’t beat them by myself. It all depends on my team,” Veiga-Lee said. “They got to help me out, it takes team ball to win.”
“The kids are exited. It’s just a lot of fun really, we’re taking it one game at a time and were extremely exited,” Rice said.
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