Lady Tornadoes hoops win big, lose small
By Julian Cardillo
The Malden High girls’ basketball team is coming off a blowout, 67-4 victory over West Roxbury on Wednesday night.
Such a win is probably a school record for the Golden Tornadoes, but Coach Scott Marino isn’t spending too much time dwelling on it.
“Maybe it is, who knows,” he said. “That victory, which I guess was a very good offensive performance, maybe that’s all I’ll say, isn’t really indicative of our current position.”
Malden was clearly better than West Roxbury and aren’t showboating their big win because they’re still 6-7 on the season.
A tough, 47-45 loss the night before to Somerville has been the sticking point of the week.
“Really back and forth, hard-fought game,” Marino said. “We just couldn’t convert and come up with a win.”
Xu Zhou led Golden Tornadoes scoring with 17 points while Tiffany Tortora, who is averaging 14 points per game in her last four outings, chipped in an additional 15.
Malden also held a lead in the third quarter, lost it, and then failed to restore their advantage.
Despite the loss, Marino believes his team is still capable of reaching the post-season.
“We’ve got to go one game at a time,” said Marino, whose team plays Winthrop Friday night. “I think we have to just learn from these games and push forward. We’re not out of if yet, but our next few games will be critical for us.
“Winthrop is another tough team. We just have to be focused and execute, because we’re expecting another back and forth type battle.”
Strong performance help Malden boys’ hoops past Somerville
By Julian Cardillo
Malden High boys’ basketball Head Coach Don Nally was pleased with his team’s performance – particularly on defense – in their 69-65 victory over Somerville on Tuesday.
The win pushed the Golden Tornadoes to 7-4 on the season and improves their chances of reaching the state tournament.
“We were outstanding on defense,” said Nally. “We started out very strong and we just came out knocking down threes. This was hands-down the best I’ve seen the team play all season.”
Tyler Holness led Malden scoring with 22 points. Fern Berard chipped in 19.
The Golden Tornadoes entered halftime up 14 and scored 39 first half points. They started the second on a 6-0 run and barely looked back.
“Defense aside I was kind of shocked,” Nally added. “I thought we might actually be able to hit 80, and that’s really tough to do in high school.”
Danny Perez, Christian Monahan-DaSilva, and Malik Bissett were pivotal on defense and helped extend their team’s lead up to 21.
“Clearly they would chip away and try to make a comeback,” Nally said. “We had three players foul out in the fourth which helped them come back. In general I actually though it was an even match-up in a good, tough atmosphere.
“Somerville is a good team and will win their fair share of games. I’m just happy we were able to perform the way we did. It was a good win for us, we really needed it.”
Malden’s next game is tonight at Winthrop. Another victory will be pivotal as far as implications go in the Northeast Conference standings.
“A tough place to play,” Nally said. “Winthrop’s good…They have two top scorers. We’re expecting to battle the whole game and take nothing for granted. We want guys to get forward, start fast, and play strong.”
Highlanders squeak past Revere-Malden hockey, 2-1
By Julian Cardillo
The Revere-Malden co-op hockey team couldn’t fool Somerville twice.
Revere-Malden, who beat the Highlanders earlier this season 4-3, lost to them on Wednesday night 2-1 to slip to 7-5-2 on the season.
The Patriots, who opened the scoring in the first period off a Corey Rufo goal, committed nine penalties, one of which led to a Somerville equalizer on the power play.
“The referees were calling it tight and we were never able to recognize that,” said Revere-Malden coach Joe Ciccarello. “Those penalties really hurt us.
“I thought we started strong, we came out and scored. It was even in the second and then we just came out flat in the third.”
Somerville took a 2-1 lead in the third and never looked back, continuing a hot streak that has seen them earn positive results Northeast Conference powerhouses like Lynn and Gloucester.
“We beat Somerville earlier in the season and then their goalie got hot hands and they’ve been getting good results against teams like Gloucester, who beat us already this season,” Ciccarello said. “Given that, we knew we’d have a tough game this time.”
Gloucester happens to be on tap next for Revere-Malden. They’ll play them at home on Saturday night.
“It doesn’t get any easier for us,” said Ciccarello. “But if stay out of the penalty box and do what we’re supposed to do – not our individual stuff that gets us into trouble – I think we will do well.”