Abington battles past Tennent
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“They always try to pack in a zone on us,” Abington coach Dan Marsh said. “We are not as good of a shooting team as we were in the past, but we have kids that can knock some shots down and luckily we were able to do that tonight.”
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“I just told them that we needed to play our game, stay intense and push the ball,” Marsh said. “They were dictating the pace early and we had to change that. We told them they needed to be more aggressive and fortunately they were as the game went on.”
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“We challenged Angie tonight and told her that we needed the ball in her hands,” seltre said. “She’s a tough player and we really enjoy working with her.”
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“We are a young team and made a few mistakes down the stretch,” Marsh said. “WH nHHG WR finLVK JDPHV strong and we did that tonight. We are getting there; we have a couple more games before the playoffs to get this right.”
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