By DAN NUNN

LYNN — The NRHS girls’ basketball team’s season came to an end at the hands of the No. 2 seed St. Mary’s Spartans of Lynn in the MIAA Division 3 State Tournament Round of 16 on March 7 by a score of 80-57.

NRHS finished the season with an overall record of 12-10.

St. Mary’s went on to beat Watertown and Bishop Fenwick on their way to the State Finals where they will meet No. 4 Rockland.

Even after the loss, head coach Bob Romeo was proud of his team.

“While it is always disappointing to have the season come to an end, we can look back at our 1-5 start, see where we finished up and appreciate the way we continued to improve right up through our last game,” said Romero. “I’m proud of the way our team just continued to put in the work and stayed focused on being a better team every day.”

Junior Faith Newton had another dominant performance with a game-high 26 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 assists.

Junior Brianne Slattery (15 points, 2 assists) and sophomore Bella Cannalonga (11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) also turned in terrific performances.

 

BRIANNE SLATTERY had 15 points and 2 assists in a Sweet 16 game against No. 2 St. Mary’s of Lynn on March 7. (File Photo)

 

Seniors Riley Cullen (2 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists) and Kayla Imbriano (2 points, 4 rebounds) both finished their careers with strong contributions.

North Reading resumed the terrific offense they demonstrated against Pittsfield. Unfortunately, they ran into a Spartan team loaded with talent, depth and multiple players with NCAA Division 1 scholarships. St. Mary’s shot 13/32 (40%) from the 3-point arc and seemed to hit a big 3 every time NRHS cut into their lead.

St. Mary’s stormed out of the gates with a swift 10-0 run and carried that to a 24-14 lead after the first quarter. The Hornets were down eight late in the second quarter but a quick 6-0 burst by the Spartans got them into halftime with a 41-27 lead.

St Mary’s continued to build that lead throughout the second half.

“Our three senior captains: Riley Cullen, Kayla Imbriano and Rose Morelli, were outstanding all season,” said Romeo. “I cannot thank them enough for their leadership and contributions to the NRHS girls’ basketball program the past four years.

“Senior team manager Megan Slattery has also been a huge contributor to our program the past three seasons. We wish them all the best going forward.”