EHS Girls, Boys to Compete in GBL Playoffs
One of the unique features of the pandemic-shortened basketball season in the Greater Boston League will get underway tonight (Wednesday) when all seven of the GBL schools engage in the post-season playoffs to determine the GBL champion and winner of the GBL Cup for 2021.
The format is fairly-straightforward. The teams with the top regular-season record (which is Lynn English for both the boys and girls) will get a bye in the quarter-finals, while the other schools will meet in a format of 2 v. 7, 3 v. 6, and 4 v. 5 in the GBL’s version of March Madness.
For the Everett High girls’ squad, which is seeded second in the tournament, this means they will host Somerville this evening at 4:00.
The Crimson Tide suffered its lone loss of the regular season last Wednesday to Lynn English in a hard-fought contest, 43-37.
“It was a battle down to the last minute,” said first-year EHS head coach Riley Dunn, whose squad was led by Maya Kirnon, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Andrea Manley, who struck for 13 points.
However, the Crimson Tide bounced back two nights later with a runaway 60-32 victory over Somerville.
“We had a great team win,” noted Dunn. “Our two senior captains, Maya Kirnon and Ashley Fitzgerad, had a great game. They’re both great leaders.”
Kirnon did it all at both ends of the floor with another double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, to go along with four steals, while Fitzgerald hit for nine points and dished out six assists.
If Dunn and her crew are successful in tonight’s quarter-final encounter with Somerville, they will advance to the semi-finals tomorrow (Thursday) evening. The GBL championship game is scheduled for Saturday.
On the boys’ side, coach Stanley Chamblain and his crew will begin their March Madness fun with a contest with Revere after the girls’ game at 6:00.
The Crimson Tide boys also are seeded second, behind Lynn English, after dropping a 55-46 decision to the Bulldogs last Wednesday. Chamblain’s crew will take on Revere, whom the Tide handily defeated, 73-34, in their regular-season meeting in a quarter-final matchup. The boys will advance to the semifinals tomorrow evening if they are successful tonight, with the championship contest set for Saturday.