EHS girls basketball defeats Malden, Somerville
The Everett High girls basketball team improved to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the Greater Boston League with a pair of big victories over GBL rivals Malden and Somerville this past week.
Last Tuesday’s 55-38 conquest of Malden was a tighter battle than the final 17-point margin might indicate. After overcoming a 6-0 deficit to start the contest, the Lady Crimson Tide led at all of the quarter-mark junctures — 16-12 after one period, 28-17 at the half, and 40-29 after three frames — but Malden tightened matters in the opening minutes of the final period to draw within six.
At that point EHS head coach Tammy Turner called a timeout, not only to quell the growing Malden momentum, but also to change her team’s defensive strategy.
“We were becoming complacent on both offense and defense and we had let Malden get back into the game,” said Turner. “I felt we had to do something to pick up our tempo, especially on the defensive end.”
Turner installed the quintet of senior captain Talia Riccioli, Yasmeen Guerreir, Nyomi Dottin, Kyana Wilkerson, and Jasmine Harding on the floor to implement the Everett zone press. The move paid dividends immediately, as the Lady Crimson Tide forced Malden turnovers which in turn created scoring opportunities for Everett. The Lady Crimson Tide soon reasserted command of the battle and cruised to the 17-point margin of victory.
Dottin led Everett with 15 points and also pulled down her usual gaggle of rebounds (Nyomi is averaging in the vicinity of 13 boards per game). Capt. Riccioli was next on the point parade with 13 and Guerreir reached double figures with 11.
Other scorers for Everett were: Harding, who added six points; Haley Powers and Paige Fialho, who chipped in four apiece; and Walonida Henry, who hit for two.
Three nights later the Lady Crimson Tide dispatched Somerville in effortless fashion, 48-31, in a contest which never was in doubt and that allowed Turner to use all 12 girls on her varsity roster.
Everett grew a 12-8 first-quarter lead into a 31-12 bulge at the half and a 40-19 advantage after three frames.
Guerreir scored a game-high 15 points, with Riccioli reaching double figures with 10. Dottin contributed seven points, followed by Melissa Mendez with four and six Lady Crimson Tide — Powers, Jasmine Harding, Jalissa Harding, Wilkerson, Chloe Cardillo, and Vanessa Dias — all chipping in two points.
“The team is playing well,” said Turner. “It’s nice to be 7-2 and to be all alone at the top of the GBL.”
Turner and her crew will host Lawrence this evening (Wednesday), entertain Medford Friday, and play at Malden Tuesday.
EHS hockey team defeats Salem
The Everett High hockey team rolled to a 9-2 win over Salem Saturday. Ray Suppa and Bryan Bessler both scored the hat trick for the Crimson Tide. Teammate J.J. McLaughlin lit the lamp twice himself and assisted on two goals.
In a 6-2 loss to Cambridge last Monday, Suppa and Bessler scored the Everett goals.
Coach Jason Lawrence and his crew host East Boston this evening (Wednesday) at Allied Veterans Rink. Face-off is set for 7:00. The Crimson Tide play at Medford Saturday afternoon at 4:00.