Lady Red Devils Win Two Contests

The Chelsea High girls basketball team returned to their winning ways with a pair of victories in this snow-filled week.

The Lady Red Devils first took the measure of Essex Agricultural last Wednesday in a fierce contest, 54-37.

“It was a very energized and physical game,” said CHS head coach Matt LaBranche. “We got off to a great start and played hard the whole way. It was a great battle and everyone who got on the floor contributed to the victory.”

Chelsea jumped out to a 23-7 advantage after one period and maintained a double digit lead for the most of the game. When Essex made a run and cut a 33-20 Chelsea halftime lead to 42-33 at the third quarter buzzer, the Lady Red Devils recharged their engines for the last eight minutes and powered their way to the 54-37 final triumph.

LaBranche received a well balanced scoring output from his entire lineup, led by Lindsey Fuentes and Victoria Perez with 12 points each.  Khiana Binford added seven points, Madeleine Vielmann hit for six, and Carolyn Moni chipped in five.

Friday’s game against Academy of Christian Fellowship allowed LaBranche to showcase his entire team. The 38-17 win was led by Junior Captain Mursal Hassan, who hit for eight points.  Perez had six points and Shuly Sejour added five. Freshman Jennifer Medrano and Bahiya Nasuuna scored four points each.

The Lady Red Devils, who now stand at a sterling 8-2 on the season and are on the verge of qualifying for the state tourney, are at Fellowship tomorrow (Friday); travel to Mystic Valley Monday; journey to Lynn Tech Tuesday, and host Essex Aggie next Thursday.

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fall to Revere, 76-54

The Chelsea High boys basketball team took on former Greater Boston League archrival Revere on Saturday. The Red Devils hung tough for the first half as the teams battled to a 35-35 deadlock. But the Red Devils ran out of steam after the intermission and Revere took advantage to pull away for a 76-54 victory.

“We played well for a while,” said CHS head coach Jay Seigal, whose Red Devils were without the services of captain and point guard Felix Crespo, “but Revere has some talented players and they simply played better than we did that day.”

Sammy Mojica led Chelsea with 17 points and Joe Rivera added 16. Seigal also praised the play of Jordan Virella.

The Red Devils, wh now are 9-4 on the season, find themselves stacked up with games to be made up thanks to all of the snow postponements. Seigal and his crew will play five games in eight days in the coming week. They host Greater Lawrence tomorrow (Friday); travel to Greater Lowell Monday; host Lynn Tech Tuesday; travel to No. Shore Vocational Thursday; and play at Minuteman next Friday.

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