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Revere girls basketball squad breaks team record for most wins in season

3/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

BATH — The Revere High School girls basketball team ended the 2013-14 season with a 21-5 overall record and made it to the district finals. In the Suburban League, Revere compiled an 11-3 mark, finishing in second place to Wadsworth.

“Twenty-one wins is a school record for wins in a season by a Revere women’s basketball team,” said head coach Kevin Verde. “In addition, [sophomore] Camryn Brown set the mark for season and career 3-pointers made. She also holds the records for assists in a season, in a career and in a game.”

Verde said his players are proud of everything they accomplished this year, but added they would have liked to have achieved even more.

“At the end of the season, I think all of the girls and the coaches kind of came to a consensus that our season went well, but we were never able to leap that final hurdle,” he said. “I don’t want it to sound like 21 wins wasn’t enough or that we didn’t have a good season, but I think the girls realized halfway through the year that we’ve got something pretty good going on. We weren’t able to become one of those marquee-name teams, however. We lost twice to Wadsworth, we lost once to Nordonia, we lost once to Lake and then, in the district finals, we lost to STVM [St. Vincent-St. Mary]. We were never able to cement the legacy that we wanted to form at the beginning of the year as one of the top teams not only in the area, but also in the state.”

In the Division II Macedonia District Tournament, Revere entered with the No. 2 seed and won games over Cleveland John F. Kennedy High School (56-20), Hathaway Brown School (58-37) and Laurel School (62-29), before falling to STVM in the finals 39-31.

“Luckily, we only gave up 39 points total in the game, so we were still in it with 2 minutes to go,” Verde said. “We cut the lead down to five points in the last few minutes, but couldn’t get over the hurdle against a really good team.”

There were three seniors on this year’s team, led by “defensive stopper” Marissa Harbath.

“Marissa was probably our player who got the most playing time,” Verde said. “She really stepped into her role this year. We asked her to concentrate on her defense, and I don’t think there was a game where we didn’t have her on the other team’s best guard or wing player. She did a really good job for us filling that role.”

The other seniors on this year’s team were Kaylyn Roose and Dani Baker.

“Both were in very tough positions as seniors,” the coach said. “Both have put in a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of practice hours, and we asked them to take on more of secondary roles. We asked each of them to be a positive influence on the team more than getting on the floor a lot, and both of them — to their credit as people and as competitors — took to that role and did a really good job with it. We are going to miss all three of our seniors immensely.”

According to Verde, sophomores Caitlin Vari and Camryn Brown played key roles for this year’s squad.

“Caitlin led our team in scoring and rebounding, and Camryn was second in scoring and led our team in assists and steals,” he said. “Both of them have gotten accolades for what they have done for us. Caitlin was named Underclassman of the Year for Divisions II and III by the WTCBCA [Women’s Tri-County Basketball Coaches Association], and Camryn was named to the first team by the WTCBCA.”

In addition, Verde said, Harbath and freshman Viktoria Farian were named to the honorable mention team by the WTCBCA. In the Division II district awards, Vari was named first team all-district, Brown was named to the second team and Harbath earned honorable mention honors.

With a strong group of underclassmen set to return next season, Verde said he is excited to see what his team can accomplish in the future.

“We think we have a lot of talent coming back and we have a lot of girls ready to step into roles, and hopefully they are hungry and they get into the offseason workouts,” the coach said. “Hopefully, they will buy into what we are doing, and hopefully we will be able to clear those last hurdles to becoming one of the premiere teams in the area and in the state.”

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