JV Lady Knights Complete Best Season in Program History

The MRA JV girls basketball team just finished the best season in the history of its young program. The high school girls basketball team is only three years young (after a period of several years without girls basketball), but the rapid improvement in the 2014 - 2015 season signifies a bright future. Moreover, the middle school girls basketball team has won 2 of the last 3 championships in the Merrimack Basketball League.

The lady knights finished the season 14-2 overall. The team entered the 14th Annual JV Girls Basketball Tournament at Pittsfield as the #1 overall seed. After receiving a first round bye, MRA defeated PCA by a score of 34-17. Team defense proved critical, as MRA only allowed 2 points in the second half. A balanced scoring attack (5 out of 7 players scored) led the lady knights into their first ever championship game.

MRA watched as Moltonborough defeated Epping. Moltonborough entered the tournament as the #2 seed (16-2), and proved to be a formidable and skilled opponent. MRA lost the championship game by a score of 37-22. Although the lady knights were out-rebounded by a significant margin, the girls fought hard until the last buzzer.

Coach Tremblay said "Our girls have come a long way. In the first season we lost every game but one, and last year we finished well under .500. I think our improvement this season is due in large part to the goodness of our girl's hearts; we never lost sight of our commitment to each other."

Several girls received individual accolades: Naomi Nelson (17') finished 2nd in the 3-point shooting contest; Alexis Matte (20') and Becky Thibault (16') were both honored with 1st Team selections; and Marylin LaRose (17') received 2nd Team honors.

The team dedicated their efforts to Helen Sherman, a loving supporter and generous woman who passed away during the season. At the end of each prayer before and after games, "St. Helen" was invoked to seek supernatural assistance.