February 12, 2013

Peru sisters provide plenty of excitement

PERU — Basketball has always been in Mary and Meghan Mazzella’s blood. Their father (Chris) used to be the head coach for the Peru boys’ varsity basketball team and the sisters always seemed to find themselves on a basketball court. 

“I just remember always running around with basketballs and stuff,” Meghan said. “I love the memories of us playing in our driveway, we always encouraged each other to go outside and play.”

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This year is the first season Mary, a senior, and Meghan, a sophomore, each find themselves in the starting lineup for the Peru girls’ basketball team.

“I know what she’s going to do more than the other players,” Mary said. “We’re very comfortable together.”

Comfort is something the sisters’ use on the court to help their defensive intensity and scoring. When Mary and Meghan both scored over 10 points in a game the Indians (10-6, 8-6) are undefeated. In all six of Peru’s losses, either Meghan or Mary failed to score at least 10 points.

“We ask both Meghan and Mary to score for the team and be successful,” Indians coach Dave Baroody said. “Opponents try to take that away.”

Meghan and Mary both average 10.4 points per game. Coach Baroody added the sisters are “very competitive with each other,” but Mary and Meghan feel as though as long as the team wins it doesn’t really matter whose name highlights the stat sheet.

“If I don’t have a good game and Mary does, I’m still happy,” Meghan said.

“When the team contributes we’re happy,” Mary added. “We just want another year put up on that banner.”

Coach Baroody believes his team has been playing their best basketball as of late and is more than capable of making a run in the playoffs.

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