Lady Hornets one win away from State Tourney after consecutive victories

Feb 7, 2019 by

Published February 7, 2019

NRHS TEACHERS were honored by the team prior to the girls’ basketball game against Lynnfield on Teachers Appreciation Night last Friday. (John Friberg Photo)

By DAN NUNN

NORTH READING — The NRHS girls’ basketball team snapped their brief two-game losing streak with a gargantuan 70-16 victory over the East Boston Jets on January 29. Junior Allie Grasso led the way with 15 points and senior captain Casey McAuliffe scored nine points.

Sting Lynnfield 65-47

Paced by Casey McAuliffe’s 24 points, in addition to 11 team 3-pointers, the Hornets cruised past the Lynnfield Pioneers 65-47 on Friday night. Grasso and sophomore Julia Howse were terrific as well with 13 points apiece.

North Reading came out on fire in the first quarter and steamrolled the Pioneers. They opened the game on a 19-0 run and by the end of one held a big 24-7 lead. But from the start of the second period to the 5:33 mark of the third, the NRHS offense dried up and Lynnfield responded with a 17-7 run to trim the lead to 31-24.

Once again though, the Hornets caught fire from beyond the arc. McAuliffe nailed four 3-pointers in a row and by the end of the third quarter, the lead was back up to double digits at 48-33. North Reading went up by as much as 22 in the fourth and coasted to victory.

The Hornets fell to Masco on Monday and beat Hamilton-Wenham on Tuesday both after press time. North Reading hosts Masco on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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