The Silver Lake girls’ basketball team wrapped up a special season earlier this month.
The Lakers played tough defense, greatly improved their results from the season before and reached the playoffs for the first time since 1989 during their 16-7 season. In the process, the Lakers won a pair of playoff games over both Canton and New Mission before Foxboro knocked them out in the Division 2 South Sectional Semifinals.Certainly, that was a major achievement in Olly deMacedo’s first season as the team’s head coach. The Lakers had some serious talent on their squad this season, producing three Patriot League All-Stars: seniors Allie Crawford and Sydney Kehoe as well as sophomore Holly Reeder-Morning. In fact, Crawford was the runnerup in Patriot League MVP voting.
Kehoe averaged a double- double per game (at least 10 points and 10 rebounds) while Reeder-Morning was the team’s leading scorer; thesophomore put up around 12 points per contest.
It’s not like they were the Lakers only contributors either. There were plenty of them. For example, senior Alyssa Nelson and her classmate Annabelle Boudreau were anchors in the team’s starting five, playing strong 2-way basketball. Nelson even had a game where she put up 24 points.
Seeing playing time off the bench, freshman Riley Dunphy excelled defensively; freshman Molly Terbush, junior Stephanie Bennett and senior Emily Hapgood were among the team’s other valuable bench contributors.
Next year, the Lakers will be left with just one player from their starting five (Reeder- Morning) as they have five seniors set to graduate this spring, including four of their starters.
Next winter, the team’s starting lineup will definitely look different than it did a couple of weeks ago. That said, there are still a few experience players coming back, there will just be more opportunity for younger players to prove their worth.