Lady Knights Romp Rockport
Girls basketball improves to 8-3; unexpected heroes emerge from Tuesday night's 65-18 blowout win.
Playing against Rockport High is a little different than the rest of the games on the schedule.
“You realize that there’s a lot more to sports,” said Lady Knights head coach Susan Breen. “And when you play Rockport, you realize that."
The Rockport Vikings came into Tuesday night’s game against the Knights having just won their first game in over three years.
The Knights were primed and ready having not played for 11 days thanks to a snow postponement. Right out of the gate, North Andover went on a 24-2 first quarter run.
With just more than two minutes left in the third quarter, North Andover extended the lead to 49-8 ,which prompted Breen to call for time and remove most of her starters.
“This is a game you really want to let other kids play that haven’t gotten to play very much,” said Breen.
In the fourth quarter, the Knights continued to run their offense and had trouble missing any of their shots.
“We were trying not to score a ton of points, and we still seemed to score a lot,” Breen said.
The final score was 65-18 with bench players Francesca Ventola, a sophomore, and Jillian Madden, a junior, each scoring 16 points to unexpectedly lead the Knights in scoring.
“Both kids have worked hard all season,” Breen said of Ventola and Madden.
The pair also combined for 14 rebounds.
North Andover captains Amanda Foote, Erika Zahoruiko and Caitlin Enright combined for a six points, while sophomore Morgan Lumb contributed eight points of her own and four rebounds.
It was a team win for North Andover, who has a lot of things to be happy about.
“It’s nice to be 8-3,” said Breen. North Andover is also 6-0 in Cape Ann League play.
“Hopefully, we can play this well against a team that is a little bit stronger,” Breen said.
These Knights are seeing the pressure add up a little bit as the great start has put them into a position where expectations are high.
“We haven’t been in this position,” Breen said. “None of these kids have."
The Lady Knights have another nine regular season contests before moving on to the postseason. Their next test is a stretch where six out of their next seven games will be on the road.
That challenge starts off Thursday night when North Andover travels to North Reading for a 7 p.m. tipoff.