Walsh Jesuit overcomes slow start to beat Revere 56-48 in girls basketball

Michael Leonard
Kent Weeklies
Walsh Jesuit's Megan Taraba is pressured by Revere's Emma Drushell, left, and Audrey Livesay during the second quarter of the Warriors' 56-48 win Wednesday night. [Phil Masturzo/Beacon Journal]

BATH TWP.  — The clash between Revere and Walsh Jesuit girls basketball  Wednesday night at the new gymnasium at Revere turned into a classic basketball conundrum.

Who is more likely to win:  A team with one great player or a solid, all-around team?

It was the Minutemen who had the great player in senior guard Adison Novosel.

On the night when Novosel was honored for breaking the 1,000-point barrier the previous week against Highland, the St. Francis-recruit put up 29 points, including four 3-pointers.

The problem for the Minutemen was Novosel was largely a solo act vs. the Warriors.

Walsh Jesuit's Grace Jackson defends a first-quarter shot by Revere's Adison Novosel during Wednesday's game at Revere. [Phil Masturzo/Beacon Journal]

Walsh Jesuit (4-1) overcame cold early shooting to score a 56-48 win over Revere (3-3).

Walsh assistant coach Bob Steadley was happy with his team's effort, noting the Warriors have had an eventful season — which has nothing to do with COVID-19.

For starters, head coach Maggie Ferrando has been absent from the team for the past two weeks due to injury. Steadley said Walsh hoped to have her back later this week.

The Warriors have also yet to play a home game due to roof damage at the Warrior Dome.

Throw in the fact that Walsh started two freshman and a sophomore, and it's easy to see why 4-1 is a good start.

"It was a heck of an effort by our team," Steadley. "We are really, really young this year. The majority of our team is freshmen and sophomores. We a not a very tall team. Our game is more of a full-court game, but the girls do a good job of rebounding."

The Warriors were able to control the boards and ignite their transition game in the second half. Walsh's full-court press and trapping half-court defense forced 17 Revere turnovers, compared to 11 for the Warriors.

Revere coach Dan Brown was succinct in his game assessment.

"Walsh played a heck of a game and they deserve a lot of credit," Brown said. "They outplayed us."

Early on, there was no sign the Minutemen would be in trouble.

Novosel opened the game with back-to-back 3-pointers and scored the first 10 points for the Minutemen. She led Revere to a 14-6 lead after one quarter.

"No. 22 [Novosel] was excellent for them all night," Steadley said.

Meanwhile, the Warriors' problem early was pretty clear.

"We couldn't find sand if we were a camel," Steadley said. "We just couldn't hit a shot. We tried to work our defense to get more looks. The second half really saw us do a lot better."

Part of Walsh's struggle came at the free-throw line, where the Warriors missed all seven of their attempts in the first half. The Warriors improved to finish 10-of-19 from the line. The Minutemen were 12-of-22.

Revere led by as many as nine early in the second quarter, before Walsh senior Maddie Pietrowski made Walsh's first 3-pointer. That sparked the Warriors on a 12-2 run to take the lead just before halftime.

Novosel answered with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, sending Revere to the half with a 20-18 lead.

The Warriors regained their momentum to start the third quarter, going on a 10-2 run to take a 28-22 lead.

The Warriors' forecourt was able to assert itself in the second half, particularly sophomore Megan Taraba.

Taraba showed off every aspect of her game, making layups, a 3-pointer and every free throw see took. She led Walsh with 21 points and eight rebounds.

"Megan has a chance to be very good," Steadley said.

Novosel kept pumping in the points, but Revere didn't provide much offensive help for its star. No other Revere played scored more than seven points.

Walsh Jesuit's Maddie Pietrowski drives past Revere's Audrey Livesay during the second quarter of the Warriors' 56-48 win Wednesday night. [Phil Masturzo/Beacon Journal]

Walsh's attack proved to be more balanced. Pietrowski finished with 11 points, and freshman Kara Courtad added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Behind 41-33 after three quarters, Revere attempted to get back in the game with a 5-0 run.

The Warriors got a lot of contributions to ward off the rally, including a banked-in 3-pointer from senior Halle Walcutt and a three-point play from Pietrowski, and pushed their lead to 51-41 on two free throws from Taraba with two minutes to go.