Girls Basketball Dodges Scare From Upstart Wilmington
Reading pulled away late after nearly blowing a 16-point second half lead. With the win, the Rockets will play for the North Division 2 title on Saturday morning.
Wilmington High School head coach, and just about every other coach who's come across Olivia Healy for that matter, is thrilled to see the Reading High School senior leave the state after this season. That means Healy is doing something right.
On Thursday night, she did just about everything right. Healy poured home 36 points to help the Rockets stave off a frantic Wildcat comeback. Reading pulled away late and earned a 63-51 victory in the North Division 2 semifinal.
"I think the whole league is, the whole state is," said Keane with a laugh. "Once the ball gets in her hands, it's tough to tell where it's going. That's why she's a Division 1 player on the best team in the state."
Keane's charges nearly erased a 16-point deficit, clawing all the way back to within one point early in the fourth quarter. At one point the Wildcats had the ball with the chance to take the lead.
But Reading bounced back and put themselves three wins from a second straight undefeated state championship. The Rockets take on North Andover in the North Division 2 final on Saturday at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, with tip off coming at 10:30 a.m.
"We respect all, fear none," said Healy. "We have to cherish it like it's our last, and for me it's my last season here so I definitely want to do that."
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