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Former rivals powering Endicott women’s basketball

Julie Manning (left), Endicott College women’s basketball coach  Brittany Hutchinson (center), and  Samantha Crough.
Julie Manning (left), Endicott College women’s basketball coach Brittany Hutchinson (center), and Samantha Crough.David Le

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For eight years they were fierce opponents, beginning with travel basketball in the fifth grade.

The rivalry between Samantha Crough and Julie Manning became even more spirited in high school, when the South Shore League battles between Cohasset High and Hull High often reached epic levels.

Four years removed from their heated high school rivalry, Crough and Manning are roommates and cocaptains at Endicott College. The former competitors have forged a strong friendship and are a major factor behind the Gulls’ strong start.

On Saturday, with Crough posting 17 points and nine rebounds, Endicott improved to 12-4 with a 71-55 win over Eastern Nazarene in Quincy. Manning contributed nine points and six boards, including five consecutive points that triggered a 19-2 first half run.

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