The Revere High girls basketball team took its show on the road last week, traveling to the far north to Beverly and over the General Edwards Bridge to Lynn Classical. By the time that the Lady Patriots had completed their journeys, they had etched two more notches in their victory belts to improve to 15-4 on the season.
The triumphs came via different routes. Revere rolled over Beverly in a 67-50 runaway, but had to fight off a slow start before overcoming Classical, 47-40.
All of the Lady Patriots got into the act at Beverly thanks to a fast pace from the outset that Revere continued to build onto as the game progressed, eventually reaching its apogee with a 30 point bulge at the start of the third period. Morgan Jenkins led the point parade with 16 points, followed by Gena Restiano with 15 and Marissa Parent with 14.
Also making the scoring chart were Caitlyn Caramello with five points, Denise Batista and Julie Lu with four each, Melissa Adreani and Venous Hamza with three each, Ashley DiFraia with two, and Nicole Kjersgard with one point.
The contest at Classical was a different story as the Lady Pats came out of the starting blocks slowly and found themselves trailing by a 14-4 margin at the end of the first frame. Revere came to life in the second period, cutting the gap almost in half to head into the locker room trailing 21-15.
The Lady Patriots continued to chip away at the Classical advantage and finally overtook their hosts, 31-30, after three periods. With the momentum now clearly on their side, Revere put 16 points on the board in the final eight minutes to come away with the 47-40 victory.
“It wasn’t a pretty win,” said RHS head coach Diana DeCristoforo. “We fell behind early and had to dig in our heels, but the girls did what they had to do to get the job done.”
Junior Morgan Jenkins, who was named to the Northeastern Conference all star team and was runner up in the voting for Most Valuable Player, was immense at both ends of the floor, scoring a team high 19 points and pulling down an amazing 20 rebounds.
“I can’t say enough about the way Morgan played,” said RHS head coach Diana DeCristoforo. “She was phenomenal.”
The coach also had words of praise for freshman Caramello, who chipped in with eight key points. “Caitlyn’s defensive play has been stellar and against Classical she made her shot when she had the chance,” said DeCristoforo of the freshman. “She has been getting better and better with each and every game.”
The Revere girls now have only one game left on the regular season schedule and that was a big one against Peabody last night (Tuesday) as the Journal was going to press. The Lady Tanners were victorious the first time around early in the season, but the Lady Patriots are a vastly improved and more confident squad since that time.
After that encounter, DeCristoforo and company will wait for the announcement from the MIAA, reportedly on Friday, of the seedings and pairings for the Division 1 State Tourney which hopefully will begin for Revere with a home game.