For the previous half decade Braintree has sat atop the woman’s basketball throne. This time round, Bridgewater-Raynham seems to be poised to vary all that.
Buoyed by freshman sensation Shay Bollin, sophomore Kenzie Matulonis, and seniors Nina Morrison, Victoria Dacey, and Marisa Beauvais, the Trojans are off to an 8-0 start this season. Mix that with their 14-recreation profitable streak to conclude the 2017-18 common season and the Trojans are unbeaten of their past 22 common season video games.
Regardless of falling to Newton South in the Div. 1 South Sectional semifinals, Bridgewater-Raynham coach Cheryl Seavey believes the progress made last season has transitioned over to this yr.
“After a 2-4 begin, we went on that 16-recreation profitable streak that has fueled us for this yr,” Seavey stated. “The women tasted that success. Between the large crowds and the group rallying behind them, it all acquired them energized for working arduous in the summer and getting this yr began.”
Coming into the season, Bollin carried together with her a bevy of hype as it pertained to her skills on the courtroom and all she has accomplished up to now is reside up to them. The 6-foot-three inch newcomer is averaging sixteen factors and eight rebounds per recreation.
“Shea has come into the varsity and just grow to be a part of our family so simply,” Seavey stated. “To return in with so much hype – nicely deserved hype – and simply be another member of our workforce is particular. She doesn’t assume she’s higher than anyone else. That’s reflected in her statistics and who she is as an individual.”
Most impressive concerning the Trojans start this season is the path they should taken to their undefeated mark. They have showed that defense travels, permitting forty two factors or fewer in 4 of their 5 street video games together with most just lately allowing just forty one in a two-point victory on Tuesday over defending Div. four state champion Coyle & Cassidy.
“Enjoying a workforce like Coyle & Cassidy is such a win in it of itself. A state champion is a state champion and they are persistently a terrific group,” Seavey stated. “To play in that surroundings, towards that staff, it permits us to now sit and evaluate the place we are and what we have to work on going ahead.”
Lowell still rolling
Lowell head coach Bob Michalczyk noticed Alex Rivera, the leading scorer in Lowell program history, graduate final Might but that has finished little to decelerate his Purple Raiders.
Behind a core group that consists of backcourt stars Carlos Nunez and Nate Siow along with frontcourt standouts Justin Villanueva and Deven Okowuga, the Purple Raiders are off to a 9-1 begin while trying to navigate the MVC Giant Division.
“There has not been one specific player that has actually stepped up and crammed in for Alex’s 25 factors per recreation,” Michalczyk stated. “These factors have really been unfold out over six to seven totally different players. Totally different players have really carried out a terrific job of stepping up in several games.”
One key asset for the Purple Raiders up to now this season has been its versatility. Nunez and Siow’s quickness and athleticism permit the Pink Raiders to push the tempo whereas Villanueva, Okowuga and Otoagua Okonoboh present physicality.
“We try to dictate the tempo all the time, however it’s nice to have the pliability where we will full courtroom strain, beat groups down the ground, and we will beat groups by crashing the glass. We’ve an amazing combination.” Michalczyk stated.
The Pink Raiders’ impressive first 10 games to the season embrace a street victory at St. John’s Prep and allowing greater than 60 factors just once. Its lone loss on the yr came on Tuesday towards Division 2 energy North Andover. The schedule will solely get harder for the Division 1 North favorites as they face a pair of matchups towards Lawrence and Central Catholic and non-league games with BC Excessive and Mansfield.
On Thursday, Catholic Memorial‘s Kurtis Henderson and Spencer Aronson led the funeral procession of deceased U.S. Army Veteran Timothy Fowl (1961-2018) as pallbearers alongside six of their teammates and Knights’ head coach Denis Tobin.
“The life of Timothy looks like that of a pacesetter,” Knights captain Brendan Ryan stated. “A person who needed to serve his group and took that courageous step to do so. And so it evokes me as a basketball to make that step, as a scholar to make that step, and as an individual to make that step morally.” …
One of the prime woman’s basketball matchups of the common season is about to take place on Tuesday when Bay State Herget leading Braintree performs host to Carey front-runner Natick. The 2 teams are a combined 13-1 thus far this season together with 8-0 in league play.