BRIANNE SLATTERY’s last second bucket gave the Hornets a 47-46 win over Ipswich on Friday night. (File Photo)

 

 

By DAN NUNN

GEORGETOWN — Sophomore Bella Cannalonga’s breakout 17 point night keyed the Hornets’ 40-35 victory over the streaking Georgetown Royals on Feb. 1.

Cannalonga hit 4 3-pointers, to go along with 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Junior Brianne Slattery added 10 points and 6 assists. Senior captains Riley Cullen (15), Rose Morelli (8) and Kayla Imbriano (5) were rebounding machines all night long.

NRHS blitzed the Royals in the first quarter racing out to a massive 17-2 lead. but a frigid shooting and scoreless second quarter allowed Georgetown to close the gap to 17-14 at halftime. North Reading came out of the break and responded with another scoring run extending the lead to 33-21. A late run by Georgetown closed to game down to the final score of 40-35.

Slattery’s layup seals comeback win

Brianne Slattery’s steal and layup with 10 seconds to play propelled the trailing Hornets to a pulse-pounding 47-46 last second win over the Ipswich Tigers on Thursday.

Slattery led all scorers with 17 points. Junior Faith Newton and Riley Cullen each chipped in 7, and junior Halee Torro provided a great contribution off the bench with 5 points and 6 rebounds.

It was close throughout with constant lead changes and big shots by both teams. The game was tied at 25 at halftime and NRHS held a slim 35-34 lead after three.

“We are getting big contributions from different players each night and this has really helped us recover from our 1-5 start to the season,” said head coach Bob Romeo after the two hard fought victories. “We have six big games remaining as we fight for qualification in the MIAA Tournament. Every game will require a continued total team effort.”

The Hornets (7-7) host Triton on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.