Convincing league victories over Everett and Somerville to open the season had the Revere High School girls’ basketball team feeling very good about itself. But the Patriots were brought back down to earth a bit on Tuesday after suffering a 29-point road defeat at the hands of the Lynn Classical Rams. The loss gave Revere an early 2-1 record and left the Patriots at 2-1 in Greater Boston League play as well.
Just one Patriot player – Skyla DeSimone – finished in double figures against Classical. She had 12 points. Carolina Carvalho-Bettero, who had combined for 40 points in the first two contests, was held to seven points in the eventual 52-23 loss to the Rams.
First-year Head Coach Chris Porrazzo acknowledged that it was great to start off 2-0 but understood that the matchup against Classical on the road was going to provide a major challenge. “That’s not an easy place to play and they’re an extremely well-coached team,” he told the press prior to the game.
The Patriots ended last week on a solid note, coming off the season-opening win last Tuesday against perennial league powerhouse Everett, as they rolled to a 56-20 rout of Somerville last Thursday. Carvalho-Bettero connected for 14 points and DeSimone added five points and seven takeaways. Bella Stama also had a solid all-around effort in the win.
Porrazzo said it was important not to suffer a letdown against the Highlanders following the Everett win. He said his group succeeded in doing that. “We did that pretty emphatically from the jump,” he told the press. “Our defense created a lot of pressure up and down the court which generated most of our offense.”
Through their first three games, the Patriots had outscored the opposition by a 108-59 margin in the two wins while being defeated by 29 in the lone loss. Revere moves on to participate in the North Reading High School holiday tournament on Monday and Tuesday.