The Winthrop High girls basketball team turned in its best effort of the season, but came up on the short end of a 54-50 decision to Georgetown Tuesday night in the local gym.
â€œThe team is improving all the time,â€ said first year head coach Ignacio Oyola. â€œWe battled hard from the opening whistle right to the end, but Georgetown hit a key three pointer that proved the difference.â€
Winthrop jumped out to a 12-6 advantage at the end of the first period, but Georgetown found its scoring touch in the second frame to grab a 26-22 lead at the half. Winthrop battled back to make it a 36-36 contest after three frames, setting the stage for a nip and tuck fight to the finish.
WHS senior captain Johnna Fisher pumped in 21 points for the Lady Vikings and sophomore Temison Meggison reached double figures with 13 points. Angelina Favolaro chipped in with eight points, Lauren Kostegan added four, and Liana Ferullo and Niki Tsiotis scored two points each.
Winthrop played without the services of its starting point guard, sophomore Alyssa Mackey, but Tsiotis, an eighth grader who has been playing with the undefeated junior varsity squad, looked impressive in her varsity debut.
â€œWe certainly missed Alyssa,â€ said Oyola, â€œBut Niki showed she can play at this level,â€ the coach added of the young lady with the WHS hoop pedigree known to all long time Viking fans.
â€œWe have a young team that is getting better every week,â€ said Oyola, who had been the WHS assistant boys coach under Dave Brown for 10 years before assuming the reins of the Lady Viking program. â€œAs long as the girls continue to work hard, the effort will pay off for them.â€
Oyola and his crew were set to be back in action last night (Wednesday) at Georgetown and then will host Saugus next Tuesday after the holiday break.
Russo wins 55 dash
for WHS girls track
Christina Russo brought home a first place finish in the 55 meter dash for the Winthrop High girls indoor track team in their meet last week at Swampscott. Russo sped to victory in a time of 7.7. seconds, edging her nearest rival by .1 of second.
Other Lady Vikings who scored points in the meet were Julia Wallace with a third place effort with a leap of 4-6 in the high jump; Ashley Jurovich with a toss of 24-8.5 in the shotput which was good for third place; Katie Cochrane with a clocking of 10.1 in the 55 meter hurdles for second place; Althea Lasannah in the 55 dash in 8.6 for third place; Amy Sena with a 3:45.7 in the 1000 for third place; and Jordan Griffiths, who captured third place in the mile with a clocking of 6:24.7.
Other Winthrop girls who competed in the meet were Katherine Hetherton in the high jump and hurdles; Elizabeth Anderson in the shot put and dash; Kayla Aceto in the shotput and hurdles; Lexi Vaccaro in rhe 300 dash; Maria Rago and Kristen Lanza in the 600; Corey Charis in the 1000; Amanda Hersey in the mile; and Kaitlyn Hersey in the two mile.
The 4 x 400 relay team turned in an impressive race, but fell short by just .3 seconds to Swampscott, which won the event in 4:58.
The Lady Vikings were scheduled to take on Revere this past Tuesday and will face Lynn Classical next Wednesday.
Correale wins shotput
for WHS boys track team
Paul Correale was the lone victor for the Winthrop High boys indoor track team in their meet at Swampscott last week. Paul took home first in the shotput with a heave of 34-5.5.
Other point scorers for Winthrop, all of whom finished in third place, were Robert Diaz with a 50 yard dash of 7.8; David Heirdrut with a 300 dash of 4.6; and Chris Batts with a clocking of 1:43.8 in the 600.
Other competitors for Winthrop were Pat Brogan and Mario Mazzone in the 600; Justin Casilla in the 300; Matt Terry, James Carroll, and Chris Miccihi in the shot; and Robert Pino and Trevor Heatherton in the 50 yard hurdles.
The Vikings took on Revere this past Tuesday and will meet Lynn Classical next Wednesday.