Monday, March 11, 2013
Reading High School toppled North Andover to win the North Division 2 sectional title on Saturday morning in Lowell.
It was business as usual for the Reading High School girls basketball team. The Lady Rockets topped North Andover on Saturday at the Tsongas Center in Lowell to earn a spot in the state semifinal, hoping to take the next step in earning a second straight undefeated state championship. Thanks to Saturday's win, head coach Kim Penney's charges will take on Medfield at 6 p.m. on the parquet of TD Garden. Can't make the game? No worries. Patch will be in attendance live chatting with up to the second updates throughout the contest. "It's awesome," said Penney, wrapping up her final season as Reading coach. "Everyone was there last year except for the two freshmen, so it's exciting for them, and for all of us. We're excited." Are you a big fan …
Friday, March 8, 2013
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 …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Members of the Reading High School basketball team regularly sign autographs for their young fans.
It's a scene you don't see at too many high school basketball games. But at Reading High School, it's just another day on the hardwood. Following Saturday's girls basketball playoff victory over Burlington, Rockets players were greeted by throngs of young girls seeking autographs from their favorite players and coaches, something that has become a tradition at Reading games. Head coach Kim Penney said the team invites the young players to games as "super fans" and added that she enjoys the experience because her current star players were excited young fans like that at one point themselves. Are you a big fan of the Rockets? You'll also want to see:
Monday, March 4, 2013
The Rockets led by just four points at halftime but pulled away for a 62-40 victory over the Red Devils.
It took a two quarters of play. But the Reading High School girls basketball team finally found their postseason form. The undefeated No. 1 seed Rockets led upstart No. 8 seed Burlington by just four points at halftime of Sunday's North Division 2 quarterfinal game. Having not played in more than a week, the Rockets shook off the rust and found their form in the second half, cruising to a 62-40 victory. "It took us longer than I would have liked to get back in the swing of things," said head coach Kim Penney. "The third period was more like what we are capable of." Following the victory, Reading advanced to the semifinal round where they will face Wilmington in hopes of moving on to play for the sectional title. The tilt against the …
Friday, February 15, 2013
The senior, who will play at the University of Richmond next year, is the all-time Rockets leading scorer regardless of gender.
In a new feature, Patch will highlight the efforts of local athletes on a weekly basis. We begin with girls basketball player Olivia Healy, now the Reading High School all-time leading scorer. Plenty of athletes have come and gone from the Reading boys and girls basketball program. But none stands taller than Olivia Healy. Healy, the leading scorer for the unbeaten Rockets, recently surpassed Brian Wilson’s record of 1,547 points that was set in 1985. As a result, she’s the leading scorer in Reading basketball history, regardless of gender. The senior hasn’t stopped there, however. Healy is now past 1,600 points and is pouring in games of 40-plus points as she hopes to lead the Rockets to a second consecutive undefeated state title. “She’…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Girls' varsity basketball head coach Kim Penney won her 200th game on Jan. 3, beating the Winchester Sachems, 72-25.
Fourteen years ago, Kim Penney joined the Reading Girls basketball program. She has led them to three Middlesex League championships (2009, 2010 and 2011) and before 2009, the team had not won a Middlesex League title in 30 years. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Penney notched her 200th win as head coach of the Reading High girls varsity basketball team with a 72-25 win at Winchester. Penney praised her players as well as the program in Reading for her outstanding accomplishment. “This 200th milestone is great for our Reading girls basketball program,” Penney said. “It is a culmination of all the preparation and hard work that all of our present and past players contributed on a daily basis. I consider it a milestone for our program, not a personal …
Saturday, February 19, 2011
The Stoneham High School girls basketball team fell to Reading Memorial High, 69-56, Friday night at Hawkes Field House, as the Lady Rockets claimed the regular season league crown.
READING — Wait, stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a late-season game between Reading Memorial High School and Stoneham High's girls basketball teams with the league title on the line. It was nearly a case of history repeating itself last night, as the Lady Rockets and Lady Spartans squared off in a Middlesex League matchup with the regular-season crown hanging in the balance. Last year, Stoneham dropped the Lady Rockets, 51-34, in Stoneham on Feb. 12, forcing a three-way split of the crown between themselves, Reading and Melrose. This year however, the Lady Spartans were unable to force a crowd at the top, falling to Reading, 69-56, before a raucous crowd at Hawkes Field House—a building in which they have not lost in since falling …
Friday, February 18, 2011
North Reading girls basketball team loses, 51-50, despite a late comeback from a 13-point deficit. Pioneers qualify for tournament in the process.
The Lynnfield girls' basketball team put a damper on North Reading's senior night on Thursday in an incredibly dramatic fashion, securing a 51-50 victory over the Hornets at North Reading High School, despite a furious 13-point comeback by the home team late in the game. "[The team] was disappointed, I know they really wanted to beat Lynnfield their last time playing them, but Lynnfield is in the tournament now and there’s always a chance we will see them again this year, and that is motivation for us," said North Reading coach Karla Sullivan. The Pioneers were in a "do-or-die" situation, for they needed to win the contest on the road to qualify for the MIAA tournament. They narrowly accomplished the task, and by doing so they locked in …
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Girls basketball team downs Hamilton-Wenham, 50-37, improve to 10-8 on the season.
The North Reading girls basketball team topped Hamilton-Wenham, 50-37, on the road Tuesday night, upping its record to 10-8 and qualifying for a state tournament berth. Lauren Hebert led all Hornets scorers with 17 points, while Kirsten Morrison added 16. Patch was there to capture some photos from the game.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Despite leading by 1 at the half, the North Reading girls basketball team drops contest to Wilmington, 50-43.
The North Reading High School girls' basketball team took on the Wilmington Wildcats on Wednesday night at home, and despite securing a one-point lead at the half, the Hornets went on to drop the contest, 50-43. "[Wilmington] hit their open shots, and they hit their free throws," said North Reading coach Karla Sullivan. "We got some good looks, but unfortunately our shots didn't fall and we missed some free throws." With the loss, North Reading's record drops to 8-7, while Wilmington improves to 10-6 on the season. The Wildcat victory secures the team's spot in the upcoming MIAA state tournament, while the Hornets are still in the hunt for a postseason berth. "It’s really exciting for the kids to get their 10th win, and making the state …