Things are Simply Grand for the Girls Basketball Team

January 13, 2011
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Morgan Jenkins reaches 1000-point mark as Lady Pats improve to 8-0

Morgan Jenkins reached the 1000 career point plateau and the Revere High girls basketball team remained undefeated with a pair of victories this past week.

Morgan Jenkins drives to the hoop during Revere's Northeastern Conference victory over the Peabody Tanners. During the game, Jenkins surpassed the 1,000-point plateau.

Jenkins came into last Tuesday’s game with Peabody at the Merullo Fieldhouse 12 points shy of the 1000 point level. It took her slightly over a quarter of play to crack the 1000 point mark and the large crowd, which featured a lot of support from the entire community who turned out for the momentous event, went delirious when the ball swished through the basket.

Jenkins and her teammates then got down to the other business at hand, taking care of a pesky Peabody team that matched Revere point for point in the first period, which ended in a 20-20 deadlock.

However, the Lady Pats upped their intensity on the defensive end, which in turn created transition opportunities. The Revere “D” held the visiting Lady Tanners to just four points in the second frame and walked off at the half with a nice 36-24 advantage.

“I think the entire team may have been a bit nervous at the start of the game because of the big crowd and Morgan’s situation,” said RHS head coach Diana DeCristoforo. “But once Morgan got her 1000th, we settled down and began to play our kind of game.

“We pride ourselves on our defense because we feel that it is our defense that says the most about this team,” continued the coach. “When we successfully put pressure on the other team, our offense flows from that.”

The Lady Pats picked up where they left off after the intermission and continued to build their lead, increasing it to 20 points, 55-35, by the third buzzer. The 76-39 finale was proof positive of the hard work on defense by the Revere girls, as they limited Peabody to fewer points (19) in the final three periods than Peabody had scored in the first period alone.

Jenkins was immense with a 20-point, 21-rebound effort. Marissa Parent hit for 18 points and Gena Restiano reached double figures with 15. Ashley DiFraia chipped in with five and Caitlyn Caramello, Melissa Adreani, Michaela Maguire, and Amy Rotger accounted for four point each. Cassandra Zullo also added two points.

Friday night’s encounter with Gloucester proved to be Revere’s toughest test of the season. The Lady Fishermen handed Revere one of its few losses last year and once again are among the top teams in the Northeastern Conference.

After Revere grabbed a 21-15 lead in the first quarter, Gloucester fought back to knot matters at 32-32 at the half. However, the Lady Patriots came out strong in the third stanza and eventually began to pull away. A 47-40 advantage after three quarters turned into a 62-51 victory.

Jenkins once again was at the top of the score sheet with 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Restiano also tingled the twine for 20 points and dished out 10 assists. Parent and DiFraia hit for eight points apiece with Rotger adding four and Adreani two.

“Ashley (DiFraia) and Melissa (Adreani) really stepped up for us in the rebounding department,” said DeCristoforo, who noted that her team pulled down a season high 55 boards on the night. “This was a big win for us, not only because it was nice to get back at Gloucester from last year, but because we showed that we can meet the challenge when we are in a close game with a good team.”

With the victory over Peabody, the Lady Pats are 5-0 against their opponents from the NEC’s Large School Division. The Gloucester contest marked the first game against the six NEC Small School rivals. DeCristoforo and her crew, who sport an 8-0 record overall, traveled to Saugus last night (Tuesday) and will journey tonight to former GBL foe Medford in a non league tilt.  They will return home Friday to host Marblehead.

Boys hoop team tops Peabody, 76-62

The Revere High boys basketball team put it all together last Tuesday to come home with a 76-62 victory over Peabody.

“It was a total team effort,” said RHS head coach Rick Hayes. “Nine players scored for us and everybody did their job on defense.”

Revere trailed by one at the end of the first quarter, 15-14, but held a 36-34 advantage at the halfway mark. The Patriots came out after the intermission and ran a series plays that set double screens for Greg Cabral, who was able to drive to the basket for three buckets.

Revere played solid defense at the other end of the floor and stretched the lead to 58-49 after three frames. The Pats continued to build onto their advantage in the final period, stretching it to as much as a 19 point margin en route to the 76-62 finale.

Cabral led all scorers with 21 points. Trae Weathers reached double figures with 16 as did Sean Quiroz with 12 and Chris Palladino with11. Other scorers were B.K. Khalieng with five points, Alex Urena with four, Frank Colleran with three, and Sodawine Nov and Paul Norton with two apiece.

“The win was especially satisfying because we had been off for more than a week and I was afraid we might lose our edge,” said Hayes, who noted that Quiroz and Nov played key roles on defense, staying on top of Peabody point guard Kyle Boyce all game and limiting him to just seven points.

Three nights later the Patriots made the long trek to Gloucester, but came up on the short end of a 75-59 decision. Revere came out flat and fell behind early, 12-3 and then 20-5. A pair of timeouts by Hayes were not able to stop the Gloucester momentum as the Fishermen grabbed a 22-7 lead at the first buzzer.

The Patriots managed to close the gap to 34-27 by the end of the second quarter and got as close as five after the intermission. But some breakdowns on defense allowed Gloucester to make three uncontested lay ups and a technical foul and subsequent basket boosted the lead back to 15 from which the Pats never were able to recover.

Weathers shared scoring honors with Gloucester’s Adam Philpott with points, as Trae used his variety of moves inside to give the Gloucester team fits all night. Cabral hit for 12 and Palladino added 11, while Quiroz chipped in with five and Colleran four.

The Pats, who now are 2-4 on the season, hosted Saugus last night (Tuesday) and travel to Marblehead Friday.

Tough week for the RHS hockey team

It was a tough week for the Revere High hockey team, as the Patriots dropped both of their contests last week to Marblehead and Danvers.

An 8-1 loss to Marblehead last Monday was a closer affair than the final score might indicate. Marblehead notched single tallies in the first and second periods to lead by a slim 2-0 margin going into the final stanza.

However, a three goal outburst by the Magicians within a span of two minutes opened the floodgates midway through the period. Patriot freshman Marco Mazzarelli, assisted by Peter Marino, lit the lamp with less than three minutes to play to avoid the shutout.

On Saturday night the Pats were unable to dent the Danvers crease even once in a 4-0 loss. Revere goalie Jeff Redding once again came under a lot of pressure as he saw 32 Danvers shots.

“Jeff played very well in both games for us,” said RHS head coach Jim Palumbo, “but we weren’t able to mount anything offensively.”

Palumbo and his crew, who now stand at 3-2 in the Northeastern Conference (3-4 overall), host Peabody this evening (Wednesday) at Cronin with a face off at 6:30. They travel to Saugus Saturday for a 6:00 encounter.

Boys track team attains PRs vs. Peabody

The Revere High boys track team captured three individual events and won the 4 x 400 relay in exciting fashion by a mere 0.1 seconds in their meet with Peabody last week.

Michael Fitzpatrick won the 600 in a time of 1:34.6; Brahim Rahzi took first in the mile in 5:08.4; and Captain Ernesto Bonilla cruised to victory in the two mile in 11:16.6 for Coach Jack Mosko’s Patriots.

However, although the outcome of the meet already had been decided (an eventual 53-33 win for Peabody), the Patriot quartet of Fitzpatrick, Jeff Chhay, Devin Colon, and Captain Breny Guzman saved the best for last in the 4 x 400, coming from behind to win the race in a time of 3:55.1, just edging their Peabody counterparts, who finished in 3:55.2. “We got a very strong finish from Breny,” noted Mosko.

Second place finishers for Revere were Guzman in the 300 dash in 41.1; Vin DiChiara in the high jump with a leap of 5-6 and the 50 yard high hurdles in 7.7; and Vito Licata with a toss of 39-1 in the shotput. Paul Rizzo added a point for Revere with a third place effort in the hurdles in 7.8.

“It was a nice meet, though we would have liked to have been a little bit stronger,” said Mosko, who noted that Bonilla set a personal record (PR) in the two mile; DiChiara had a season’s best in the high jump at 5-6 and just missed at 5-8; and Fitzpatrick is undefeated through four meets in the 600.

In addition, Mosko was pleased with the efforts of his improving runners in the 300, with Zack Primo (41.5 seconds) and Johnny Lopes (41.7) both setting PRs in that dash event.

On Sunday a contingent of Patriots competed in the 27th annual Red Auerbach Freshman-Sophomore indoor meet that was held at the Reggie Lewis Center.

The Revere entrants were: Joe Ritchie (7.0 seconds) and Comlan Aguilar (7.1 seconds) in the 55 meter dash; Robert Rose (40.0) and Primo (41.0) in the 300; Derek Fortuna (1:40) and Chris Venezia (1:42) in the 600; Jeffery Simbert (3:00) and John DelloRusso (3:08) in the 1000; William Truong (5:20) and Kristi Nushi (5:29) in the mile; Kane Dimasso-Scott (9.6) and Matthew Roncevich (10.2) in the 55 meter hurdles; Fortuna, Ritchie, Steve Reyes, and Primo in the 4 x 200 relay in 1:46.7; Ricardo Maldonado in the high jump (1.57 meters); Rose ( 5.70 meters) and Ritchie (5.50 meters) in the long jump; Simbert (10.50 meters) and Ed Volcimus (9.90 meters) in the shotput; and Mohamed Bensadok, Marvin Landerverde, Truong, and Frank Guzman in the 4 x 400 in 4:10.59.

The boys hosted Beverly this past Monday and travel to Gloucester next Monday morning on the holiday.

Toglan wins for       girls track team

Comfort Toglan sped past all competitors to capture the 300 meter dash for the Revere High girls track in their meet with Peabody last week.

“Comfort ran another great race for us,” said RHS head coach Sam Ros. “She was behind by five yards after the first lap, but then made a move on the back stretch of the final lap to take a slight lead coming off the last turn and narrowly beating the Peabody runner.

“She  ran with great poise and patience and continues to gain valuable racing experience,” added the coach.

Other Lady Patriots who scored points in the meet were Briana Scata with a second place effort in the shotput with a toss of 29-10; Lindsay Gurska with a second in the 55 yard hurdles in 8.6; and Maggie DiPlatzi with a second in the two mile in 14:37.7.

“Maggie ran a great two mile race,” noted Ros. “She was behind in third place for almost the entire race until the last couple of laps. She really kicked hard in the final lap to barely overtake the Peabody girl for second place and just missed out on first place by four seconds.

“Briana Scata continued to show her senior leadership and improvements by throwing a personal best throw of 29-10, improving on her previous best by almost a foot,” added Ros.

Rosa and his crew hosted Beverly this past Monday and travel to Gloucester next Monday morning on the holiday.

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