The Revere High girls basketball continued its march through its Northeastern Conference North Division opponents with a pair of runaway victories last week over Beverly and Lynn Classical.
The contest with Beverly last Tuesday was a rout from the outset. Revere came out with its pressure defense and transition offense to get up early and never let its foot off the gas en route to a 60-24 win.
“We played our kind of basketball against Beverly,” said RHS head coach Diana DeCristoforo. “Our defense took them out of their game right away and that gave us a chance to run.”
Gena Restiano led the Lady Patriots with 20 points. But with this one a foregone “W” early, DeCristoforo was able to use all of her players. “This was a nice game for us in that we gave all of our younger players a chance to play, which was good to do this early in the season,” said the coach.
Morgan Jenkins, the NEC’s top player, added eight points and pulled down 14 rebounds in her 16 minutes of work. “Those 14 rebounds in one half of a game are a testament to Morgan’s work ethic,” said DeCristoforo.
Thursday’s game against Lynn Classical, though not quite the blowout of the Beverly game proportions, nonetheless ended up with a 29 point Revere margin of victory, 63-34.
“It took us a while to get into our rhythm,” said DeCristoforo. “Classical always is well coached and they get the most out of their players. But once we established ourselves, we were able to do what we had to do.”
The Revere offense featured a balanced scoring attack, led by Restiano with 18, Jenkins with 16, Marissa Parent with 13, and Ashley DeFraia with nine. “When we have a number of offensive weapons, it’s very hard for a team to stop us defensively,” said the coach.
Although Caitlyn Caramello fouled out, DeCristoforo lauded the sophomore’s strong defensive effort. “Caitlyn always gives us 100 percent on defense and it gives the entire team a lift,” noted DeCristoforo.
DeCristoforo and her crew were set to play last night (Tuesday) in the first round of the Bishop Fenwick Christmas Tournament against Londonderry, N.H., a contest that was postponed from the original Monday date. They then will play tonight in either the consolation or championship game against either the host Fenwick team or Cambridge.
Next Tuesday brings what looms as the NEC’s girls basketball game of the year thus far when the Lady Patriots host Peabody, a perennial girls basketball power. “Peabody always is a big hurdles for us,” said DeCristoforo. “They are well coached and always have very athletic girls. It will be a good early season test for us.”
However, Peabody has not nearly as impressive a record as Revere. The Lady Tanners are 3-1, but lost to Beverly two nights after the Lady Pats had blown out Beverly. In addition, Peabody’s three wins against the same teams as Revere’s other three wins have not nearly been as impressive as the Revere triumphs. Revere has outscored its opponents 60-33 in four games, while Peabody shows an average points for/points against of 37-32.
Merullo Fieldhouse should be rockin’ and rollin’ to see their Lady Pats attempt to vanquish a perennial tough opponent