LYNN, Mass. -– The Lynn English Bulldogs continued their dominating play in the year 2013 as they defeated Revere 60-31 to avenge an early season loss at the hands of the Patriots.
Lynn English (14-2) used a combination of stifling zone defense and dominating work on the offensive and defensive glass to propel them to victory.
“Our defense is carrying us now in the second half of the year,” Lynn English head coach Freddy Hogan said. “We are 11-0 in 2013 and the difference is that instead of worrying about shutting down one player, we are shutting down whole teams.”
Revere (9-4) came out of the gate gunning as senior guard Gena Restiano drained two early three-pointers to help give the Patriots an early 8-6 lead.
After an aggressive three-point play from junior forward Deidra Newson, English would not look back as they led 12-8 after one quarter and 25-16 at the half.
The Bulldogs set the tone on the glass early and often, too. They ended the evening by outrebounding Revere 46-25.
“We really did a great job getting after the ball,” Hogan said. “We have some great leapers and some fundamental players who really rebound well.”
The third quarter proved to be the difference maker, as Newson scored seven of her 12 points in the third and English outscored Revere 17-7 overal in the quarter to take a commanding 42-23 lead into the final frame.
“They take pride in holding teams to under 40 points,” Hogan said of his team. “They were possessed in the second half to do that.”
English junior guard Catherine Stinson scored nine of her game-high 21 points in the final quarter of play to help seal the win for the Bulldogs.
“We came out with more intensity and more effort in the second half,” Stinson said. “We knew Revere was going to fight until the end so we had come out hard.”
Revere defeated Lynn English back on Dec. 14 by a score of 44-40, at Revere High.
“They get it now,” Hogan said of his team. “They have turned the switch on now and they know that every game is big.”
Restiano proved why she is one of the state’s best shooters as she finished the night with 14 points and four 3-pointers.
Revere also received strong efforts from senior forward Caitlin Caramello (nine points, 10 rebounds) and sophomore forward Tiphani Harris (nine rebounds).
Unsung Presence: Junior forward Makayla Everette may have been the difference for English as she set the tone early by providing energy and fight under the glass and on the defensive end of the floor.
Everette pulled down an impressive nine offensive rebounds and finished the night with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
“She was all over the place,” Hogan said of Everette. “14 rebounds and nine offensive were big for us.”
Star-studded junior class: It would be tough to find a more talented junior class in New England then Lynn English.
The 5-foot-7 Stinson drives the vehicle for the Lady Bulldogs as she averages 12.4 points per game to go with a team-high 5.7 assists per game.
The 5-foot-9 Newson averages 12.9 ppg to go with 8.6 rebounds per game.
“Newson’s hustle plays tonight were unreal,” Hogan added of his versatile forward.
The 5-foot-10 Everette averages 5.4 ppg to go with a team-high 10.1 rpg.
Five-foot-9 junior guard Diondra Woumn rounds out the stellar class as she averages a team-high 13.1 ppg to go along with 5.1 rpg and 3.7 steals per game.