Marlborough youth basketball girls team goes undefeated

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Marlborough youth basketball girls team goes undefeated
Marlborough Youth Basketball’s seventh-grade girls team recently capped an undefeated season by winning the Central Massachusetts Youth Basketball League and New England championships. The photo was taken after the team won the New England title. (Photo/Courtesy)

MARLBOROUGH – The Marlborough Youth Basketball’s seventh-grade girls basketball team recently finished its season undefeated and with a couple of postseason titles under its belt.

After finishing 1-9 last year, the team went 10-0 in the regular season. The team then went 3-0 en route to the Central Massachusetts Youth Basketball League championship, taking the title with a 39-29 over Hopedale.

After that, the girls headed to Foxborough to play in the New England Championship tournament. The team won all four games, including the finals against Melrose 38-31.

“Last year this team was 1 and 9. We had three new girls join this year, none of which had ever played organized basketball,” said Jeff Provost, a coach and board member of Marlborough Youth Basketball. “Our coaches, Jamaal Brooks, Maurice Jarmann and me, all focused on the fundamentals, really emphasizing strong defensive play and physical conditioning to keep teams from scoring and wear them down throughout the game and season. It was a blast and the girls all had an incredible experience bonding as a team, competing and winning.”

Provost added that Brooks also coached the fifth-grade girls travel team and won the division championships at that level.

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