By Jerry DiStefano
The Revere High Patriots girls’ basketball team had a successful 2012–13 season. The lady Patriots made another trip to the state tournament, which now makes four consecutive appearances in post-season play. Revere lost in the first round to number three seed Westford Academy and finished the season with a 12–11 record.
During this current great run Revere has had over the past four years, Katelyn Leonard has been the coach for the last two seasons. She has done an excellent job, continuing to grow the girls’ basketball program for Revere.
“It has been a fun ride thus far,” said Leonard. “I have been blessed to have so many talented and hardworking girls to coach these past two seasons. I hope I can help the Revere program stay successful for a long time.”
The Lady Pats will have their work cut out for them next season, because they will lose seven seniors from this year’s team. Two of these seniors are Gena Restiano and Caitlin Caramello. Both Restiano and Caramello were NEC all-stars this season and were the leaders of the team. Restiano was a four-year starter at the point guard position for the Patriots. She scored 1,000 points in her career, with her 1,000th point coming in her last ever high school game. Caramello averaged a double-double this past season for the Patriots and was their best big star in the paint.
“It would be difficult for any team to replace seven seniors off their team,” said Leonard. “When you have to replace the caliber of talent in Restiano and Caramello, it is going to be a challenge. I have all the confidence in the world that my younger players will step up and play a big role next season. There is already chatter that next year is going to be a rebuilding year for us— I think we are going to surprise a lot of people and a lot of teams across the NEC.”
Revere does have a very bright future ahead of them, as their JV team only lost one game all season this year. There are going to be at least seven spots up for grabs, and many players from the JV team will have their chance to attain those. Revere will be working hard in the off- season, as they always do, and will be looking to even further develop their young talent through summer leagues and off-season workouts. The returning seven players Revere does have will have to step up on and off the court this off-season. There is a lot more weight on their shoulders with their two best players leaving, but it will be fun to see if the Lady Patriots can step up to the challenge next year.