Meghan Gotham

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: English defense steps up

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Ely Guity and the Bulldogs closed out a win over Gloucester on Tuesday. 

By HAROLD RIVERA AND MIKE ALONGI 

The Lynn English girls basketball team has struggled to close out games this season. Tuesday night, they finally finished a game the way they’d hope to. Behind a number of key stops down the stretch, English downed Gloucester, 52-46.

“They played together and they played hard,” English coach Mackenzie Charles said of his players. “We played really good defense with key stops at the end of the game. We haven’t finished a game all season, we’ve been having problems with that. We’ve been struggling with rebounds so I think the combination of those things equalled a win.”

Dorathy Ezemba led the winning efforts with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

“She (Ezemba) rebounded well,” Charles said. “She pushes the ball well and she’s very physical.”

Ely Guity scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished five assists.

“She (Guity) had a great game, five of her rebounds were on the offensive glass,” Charles said. Charles also credited Rachel Calnan and Shelya Manon for their performances in the win. English is back in action on Friday when the Bulldogs visit Marblehead. “We’ll get back to practice tomorrow and work hard,” Charles said. “We understand this in a win but Friday’s another game.”

Lynn Tech 44, Greater Lawrence 28

Alondra Sanchez had the hot hand offensively for the Tigers, putting up 17 points. Annmarie Texiera added eight and Jamila Constantine scored six. Malvelis Hernandez was solid on defense.

The Tigers (3-5) had to climb back from an early 8-0 deficit, but coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said that after a few timeouts and conversations with her team, something clicked.

“We turned up the pressure and worked very well together,” Wechsler said. “It was like a switch flipped and we started to figure it out. It was an overall great team win.”

Revere 65, Swampscott 56

A tied game after a quarter, the Patriots outscored the Big Blue 21-6 in the second quarter to pull away. Despite putting up 24 points in the third, Swampscott couldn’t claw all the way back into this one.

Valentina Pepic led Revere with 24 points, Pamela Gonzalez added 18 and Meghan Gotham chipped in with 10.

Archbishop Williams 77, Bishop Fenwick 44

Sam Mancinelli logged 15 points for the Crusaders, five assists and four steals, while Fredi DeGuglielmo added 14 points and Jaxson Nadeau had eight points and four steals.

Peabody 53, Salem 32

The Tanners (3-3) got 13 points from Melissa Gray and nine points and 14 rebounds from Nene Onwuogu. Katie Wallace had eight points.

Peabody will take on Winthrop on Friday night.

Revere girls basketball cruises past Arlington

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Meaghan Gotham holds tight to a rebound for Revere.

By MIKE ALONGI

REVERE — Behind a great defensive effort and a balanced scoring attack, the No. 4-seeded Revere Patriots girls basketball team defeated the No. 13-seeded Arlington Spy Ponders, 64-39, in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 North sectional tournament. With the win, Revere improves to 18-5 on the season.

“I thought that we started out aggressive today, especially defensively,” said Revere coach Diana Finn. “We’ve been working really hard over the past couple of weeks to control the glass and to defend and then to finish on the offensive side from that. I was happy with our effort tonight.”

Senior forward Maritza Scott led the way for the Patriots, scoring 19 points. Sophomore forward Valentina Pepic had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while junior center Meghan Gotham had 10 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Ally Hinojosa had 10 points and five rebounds, and sophomore guard Pamela Gonzalez had eight points and seven rebounds.

“This is what we pride ourselves on; the fact that we have a balanced attack of forwards and guards,” said Finn. “Oftentimes our forwards dominate the ball because of their size, but our guards are excellent shooters and they anticipate well defensively.”

The first quarter was back and forth, with a good amount of scoring on both sides. Revere was able to make more shots, and the Patriots held on to a 20-12 lead after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Revere was able to really stretch its lead. Part of the reason was because of good offensive play, but the real story in the second quarter was Revere’s defense. The Patriots only gave up two points to Arlington throughout the entire quarter and walked into the locker room with a 31-14 lead at the half.

“That quarter was big for us,” said Finn. “It allowed us to get a cushion and take some more chances, which turned into more opportunities.”

Revere’s strong play continued into the second half and the Patriots continued to stretch out the lead. The Patriots led by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter before the substitutes came into the game.

Revere will now move on to the second round of the tournament, where it will face No. 5-seed Lexington (18-5).

“We know they’re tough, and we know we have a lot of work to do,” said Finn.


Mike Alongi can be reached at mikealongi75@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @m_alongi