The Chelsea High girls basketball team gave themselves an early Christmas present with a 57-39 triumph over Greater Lawrence last Thursday.
After overcoming what CHS head coach Matt LaBranche described as a “bumpy start” in which the teams battled to a 9-9 deadlock after the first quarter, the Lady Red Devils went into the locker room at the half with a slim 23-20 advantage.
“We had a big talk at halftime,” said LaBranche. “We basically discussed how we were not playing our brand of basketball, especially on our home court, and that we needed to step things up in the second half.”
The Lady Red Devils came out at the intermission and immediately picked up the tempo. By the end of the third stanza they had expanded their advantage to double digits, 43-33. The Chelsea girls continued to add to their bulge in the fourth period, thanks primarily to a staunch defensive effort which saw the Lady Red Devils limit Greater Lawrence to just four points in the final eight minutes.
Tatiana Fontes turned in what LaBranche described as an “awesome game” with 19 points. Lindsay Fuentes forwarded a nifty double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Shuly Sejour reached double figures with 11 points, as did Madeleine Vielman, who sank seven of nine attempts from the free throw line.
Jennifer Medrano rounded out the scoring with three points.
The CHS girls return to action Tuesday at Mt. Alvernia and then travel to Lynn Tech next Friday.
CHS boys hoop team too much for Gr. Lawrence
The Chelsea High boys basketball team broke open a tight 25-23 contest at halftime with a 17-7 run in the third quarter en route to a 60-46 triumph at Greater Lawrence last Thursday.
Chelsea kept the pedal to the metal in the fourth period, expanding their 42-30 advantage at the third marker to as many as 19 points in the final period.
“We switched out of our man-to-man defense and played a 1-2-2 zone in the second half,” said CHS head coach Jay Siegal. “That forced Greater Lawrence to shoot from outside. They were not very successful and that in turn allowed us to get our fast break going.’
Kevin DeJesus and Sammy Mojica paced the CHS scoring attack with 16 points each. Sean Quiroz also reached double figures with 13 points. Eddie Rosales added eight, Robbie Hinckley sank a three pointer, and Ian Martin (who made his CHS debut) and Eddie Irizarry contributed two points each.
Siegal and his crew were set to play in the Beverly Christmas tourney starting yesterday (Wednesday), taking on the host Beverly squad. They then will play either Masconomet or Boston Latin today.
The Red Devils will return to Commonwealth Athletic League action Tuesday, traveling to meet potent CAC rival Whittier.