It’s a rarity when the tallest player on the floor is the best passer. It was without a doubt true for 6-foot-3-inch center Me’ara Carter in Fenway’s 53-28 victory over O’Bryant on Friday night in Jamaica Plain.
Facing mainly a 2-3 zone, Carter commanded the offense from the high post for the Panthers (6-1). She finished with 8 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists in two-plus quarters of play.
“She’s probably the best passer on the team,” said Fenway coach John Rice. “She also brings a defensive presence. She’s vocal and an energy player.”
Junior guard Nattaly David netted a pair of left-wing triples to help a 7-2 start. Strong drives by point guard Colby Upchurch forced the O’Bryant defense to collapse.
Turnovers plagued both sides in the opening minutes of the second quarter until a frantic Fenway full-court press opened easy transition hoops. Upchurch, Dasiah Thornton, and Imani Terry spearheaded the impenetrable press.
Terry netted a game-high 19 points, including four second half threes.
“I always keep my eyes focused and I always try hard in practice to shoot as much as I can and always be at the gym,” Terry said.
Senior Assaita Providence converted a traditional 3-point play to help a spurt by O’Bryant (3-3) to open the second half, but it could not cut the deficit to single digits thanks to Fenway’s defensive tenacity
“I’ve got zone, I’ve got man, zones, presses, we’ve got everything,” Rice said. “We just see what bothers our opponents during the game.”Greg Levinsky can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.