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Patriot girls start fast with win over Tide

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  First-year Head Coach Chris Porrazzo couldn’t have asked for a better initiation to his girls’ varsity coaching tenure, as his Revere Patriots rolled over the neighboring rival Everett Crimson Tide on Tuesday in their season opener at home. The impressive 62-37 win came against the defending Greater Boston League (GBL) champion Tide and has to have Revere feeling very good about its prospects moving forward. The Patriots tried to make it two straight when they faced Somerville on Thursday (after press deadline).

  In Tuesday’s victory, Carolina Carvalho-Bettero erupted for 26 points to lead the way for Revere. She added seven rebounds and four steals to her performance. Also aiding the cause were Belma Velic with 16 points and 14 boards and Haley Belloise with 14 points and three takeaways. The threesome combined for 56 of Revere’s 62-point output.

  Looking toward the season as a whole, Porrazzo recently told the press this year’s team motto is “tough, smart and together” and that everything will revolve around those three characteristics. He said the players are working hard and improving with every practice. Effort, growth and togetherness will be a noticeable trait in this year’s team, Porrazzo said, no matter what the results end up being on the court.

  If Tuesday’s win over Everett is any indication, the results look promising.

  The Patriots resume play Tuesday when they travel to Lynn Classical. They don’t see action again until Dec. 27 and 28 when they participate in a holiday tournament at North Reading High School.

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