NORTH QUINCY — Early on in his girls basketball team’s game at North Quincy, Fenway coach John Rice yelled across the scorer’s table to his counterpart.
“Your (Orlagh Gormley) has got me playing zone,” Rice cracked. “I don’t even like zone.”
Over the course of the game, Fenway tried man-to-man, a 2-3 zone, and even a box-and-one to try and contain Gormley. Nothing worked, but the belief is nothing can slow down the super sophomore.
Gormley helped North Quincy roll to a 68-38 win in a nonleague battle of unbeatens. With the victory, North Quincy improves to 14-0, while Fenway drops to 7-1.
It was another in a series of sterling performances for Gormley, who finished with 28 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Fellow sophomore captain Ava Bryan scored 13 points, and every member of the Raiders’ team scored. North Quincy is young, but has the ability to make a long tournament run.
“The leadership of the team got us going,” North Quincy coach Matt Ramponi said, “and we didn’t look back.”
The Raiders jumped out to a 15-0 lead as Gormley scored eight points and made two assists. Gormley showed off a stutter-step crossover move that allowed her to beat her defender consistently. Gormley also showed an ability to knock down runners off the glass, which is a high degree of difficulty move that she masters.
“I’ve just been working on it since I was little,” Gormley said. “Whatever move I think is best to get my teammates open shots, or get me open shots in the lane, too.”
Gormley assisted on a few more shots in the second quarter, then closed the half with 11 straight points to finish off the opening 16 minutes with 21 points. The Raiders went into the break with a 36-18 lead, and it was not close the rest of the way.
The Raiders are young, but underestimate them at your peril.
“We’ve been playing together since we were younger kids, so we know what our strengths and weaknesses are,” Gormley said. “I feel like we have good team chemistry.”
And more coaches are going to find it difficult to stop Gormley, especially because she is such a good passer, and has teammates who can make defenses pay for overcommitting.
“Everyone, all my teammates, can all hit open shots whenever we need it,” Gormley said. “That just opens defenses up.”
Fenway was led by Alani Hoilett, who scored 15 points.