The Everett High girls basketball team opened its season in fine fashion with a solid 53-44 triumph over former Greater Boston League rival Waltham last Tuesday.
The backcourt duo of Tori Cyrus and Taylor Sweeney scored 17 and 16 points respectively to supply most of the offensive punch for the Lady Crimson Tide. The speedy tandem scored most of their buckets on fast break opportunities as Everett played its up tempo game to great success.
Amanda DeSouza scored seven points for Everett, followed by Rachel Pierce with five, Lexi Sowards with four, Savanna Spinney with two, and Jayne Sierra with a point.
Everett led all the way and held a 19-11 lead at the half which the Lady Crimson Tide expanded into double digits after three periods. Although Waltham made a run in the closing minutes, Sweeney hit some clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Everett did not enjoy the same success a few days later in a Sunday afternoon tilt against Northeastern Conference rival Marblehead, coming out on the short end of a 57-39 decision. A tough start, which saw Marblehead jump out to a 21-2 advantage at the first junction, proved too much of an obstacle for Everett to overcome, although they played Marblehead evenly for the remainder of the contest.
Sweeney was high scorer with 16 points, followed by DeSouza with a double figure contribution of 14 points. Cyrus chipped in with six, Pierce added two, and Spresa Ramadani had one point.
“We played our kind of game against Waltham,” said EHS head coach Tammy Turner. “We need to apply defensive pressure and use our speed to get transition baskets. Unfortunately it took us a while to get untracked against Marblehead, but we’ll be looking forward to playing them again.”
The girls host Whittier Vocational this evening at 5:30 and will journey to Salem next Tuesday during the school vacation week.