By Jerry DiStefano
The Revere High Patriots girls’ basketball team faced stiff competition this week; they squared off against both Lynn English and Classical. The Patriots had an awful time on the road against English (60–31) but bounced back to win a thriller at home against the Classical Rams, 49–48.
The Patriot girls had a rough start to the week when they traveled to Lynn to square off against the Bulldogs last Friday night. Revere had gotten the better of English the first time around (first game of the season), but the Bulldogs were able to return the favor in the rematch.
Revere Head Coach Katelyn Leonard knew the second time around was going to be a challenge against English. “English played a great game. Their “bigs” [players] were really the difference in the game. We had a tough time securing a rebound all game and English took complete advantage of that. Give them credit, they played a hell of a game,” Leonard said.
Revere had an 8–4 lead two minutes into the game, but from then on it was all English. The Patriots went scoreless for the next 6:28 of the game, and English went on a 10–0 run in that span. Revere would never threaten English the rest of the way. Leading the way for the Patriots was Gena Restiano (14 points) and Caitlin Caramello (10 points).
The Patriots girls had a great bounce-back game against the Rams at home last Tuesday night. This was a back and forth game all night long and came down to the final seconds of the fourth quarter. Revere trailed, 48–46, with just 30 seconds remaining in the contest. Revere’s Restiano made a brilliant pass to Caramello in the paint, where she would make a layup and get fouled on the shot. Caramello’s layup tied the game at 48–48. Caramello finished the three point play to give Revere a one point lead (49–48) with 10 seconds remaining. The Rams missed on their last-gasp shot as time expired.
Leading the way for Revere was the duo of Restiano (14 points) and Caramello (16 points and 10 rebounds).
Coach Leonard was very happy with her team’s performance. “It is always nice to be on the right end of a game that comes down to the final few seconds. Those games can really go either way, so to be able to pull one out against a team as solid and as well coached as Classical speaks volumes about our team. We were able to put our previous poor performance behind us against English and play a really good game,” Leonard said.
Revere has now improved their record to 11–5.