Sports 12-28-2011

EHS girls hoop team triumph, 46-34

The Everett High girls basketball team posted its first win of the season, improving to 1-1, with an impressive 46-34 triumph at Haverhill last Tuesday.

Amanda DeSouza enjoyed a banner evening, pumping in 21 points to lead the Lady Crimson Tide in the scoring department. Tori Cyrus reached double figures with 11 points and also dished out eight assists, almost recording a double-double.

Savanna Spinney was next on the Everett point parade with seven points, followed by Taylor Sweeney with five and Spressa Ramadani and Jess Wade with two points apiece.

After trailing 10-9 at the first buzzer, the Lady Crimson Tide grabbed a 24-21 lead at the half which they lengthened to 34-23 after three frames. Everett got off to a poor start, falling behind 8-1 after the first few minutes, but after a timeout by EHS head coach Tammy Turner, the Tide made some adjustments on defense and soon took control of the contest.

“It was nice to get that first win under our belts,” said Turner. “I was especially proud of how the girls shook off the overtime loss in the season opener last week (52-50 to No. Quincy) and put it behind them. “We bounced back with a great effort at both ends of the floor and that bodes well for the season ahead.”

After traveling to Medford today (Wednesday), the Lady Crimson Tide will host Haverhill Tuesday and entertain Lynn Classical next Wednesday.

EHS boys hoop set for holiday tourney

 The Everett High School boys basketball team was set to play Malden Catholic Tuesday afternoon in the annual Stop & Shop Christmas Tournament at Chelsea High School.

The Crimson Tide (0-2) lost at the buzzer to Saugus High in the season opener and fell to St. John’s Prep by 11 points in the second game of the season.

Head coach John DiBiaso has one starter back from last year’s team that qualified for the State Tournament: 6-4 senior captain and center Alain Jeanty.

Senior captain Michael Brooks and Jordan Selden are the starting forwards while the starting guards are Tyree Raymond and Lubens Fagaro.

Also seeing action for the Tide are Jonathan DiBiaso, Rodwell Blanc, Jakarrie Washington, and freshman Gary Clark.

The Tide are playing eight games in the Greater Boston against Cambridge, Somerville, Malden, and Medford along with 12 non-league games.

“Our goal is to qualify for the State Tournament,” said DiBiaso. “I think we’ll be very competitive in the race for the GBL title. I really feel we’re going to be a lot better as the season goes on.”

Tide Notebook

The assistant coaches of the EHS team are Bippy Manuel, Ryan Taylor, and Nate Sadowski.

Among the Tide’s non-league hoop games are Waltham, Lynn Classical, Salem, and St. John’s Prep.

In a football-related note, DiBiaso said that Everett does not have an opponent for its 2012 Thanksgiving game. Everett will play former holiday foe Cambridge earlier in the season. The non-league opponents returning to the schedule next season are Leominster, Springfield Central, Xaverian, BC High, and St. John’s Prep. Taunton decided to not renew its series with Everett.

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