The Revere Middle School girls basketball team completed its season with a 13-0 record. Its opponents included schools from Lynn, Marblehead, Swampscott, Gloucester and Saugus.
Anthony Palermo, coach of this year’s team, credits hard work at practice along with tenacious defense and sharp shooting as keys to its success.
Leading the team were eighth graders Tiphani Harris, whose rebounding left no room for other teams to get second opportunities to score.
Kristina Stella was the team’s leading scorer. Sabrina Palermo was solid with her playmaking and pesky defense. Rachel DeSantis was a key contributor with her all-around play.
The team was made up of mostly seventh graders. Ally Hinojosa was a pleasant surprise doing a bulk of the scoring. Natasha Iacoviello has blossomed into a great all-around player. Jaclynne Dion, Trisha Cheever, Adanna Hector, and Cheyanne Fullen have contributed with their hustle and spirited play. They will be expected to take the reins for next year’s team.
The depth of the team extended to four sixth graders. Elizabeth Lake, Meaghan DiPaolo, Victoria Puopolo and Vanessa Puopolo showed promise and are projected to have a bright future on next year’s squad.
Assistant coach C.J. Cann was also key in helping mold the girls into better basketball players. He taught the girls to smile while still being tough on the basketball court.
Coach Palermo also credits former coach Lianne O’Hara with laying the foundation five years ago. Before coach Palermo led the team, O’Hara had a record of 24-3 through three seasons with one being an undefeated season.
It has been protocol since then for the Middle School girls basketball team to play hard and to succeed both on and off the court. Over the past five years, this team has accumulated a record of 44-5. Palermo would like to add that the team as a whole has averaged at least a “B” in the classroom.
Congratulations to this year’s undefeated Revere Middle School girls basketball team.