Sixth-grade team from Biddeford wins New England girls’ basketball title

A sixth-grade girls’ basketball travel crew from Biddeford gained the New England championship past weekend at a event in Rhode Island.

The team, coached by Kerry Mariello, gained four games in the tournament at the Longplex Family and Sporting activities Heart in Tiverton, Rhode Island, defeating a team from Southington, Connecticut, 37-28 in the finals.

“These ladies have been alongside one another considering the fact that the third grade,” claimed Mariello, who is the industry hockey coach at Scarborough Significant. “Obviously with COVID, there was a little lag. But they got  back again alongside one another and experienced rather a run.”

Mariello has a daughter, Mia, on the crew and said, “There’s a exclusive connection there with her friends. I see a large amount of opportunity in this team. I want them to stick jointly.”

The workforce is comprised of pupils from Biddeford Middle School and St. James University, a tiny Catholic school in Biddeford. The roster involves 7 sixth-graders from BMS (Lola Laverriere, Laken Mills, Natalia Silva, Gabriella Silva, Audrina Dore, Alivia Aberle and Mia Mariello), a person sixth-grader from St. James (Olivia Hunter) and a fifth-grader from St. James (Rachel Lagasse).

The crew also gained the Southern Maine Celebration League championship, the Scarborough Getaway Match, the Glenburn Match championship and the Maine Hoops City Workforce event.

The Biddeford team went 4- to acquire the Gold Bracket in the New England championships, defeating Fairfield, Connecticut, 40-38 B&G Club, Berkshires, Massachusetts, 51-25 and St. Theresa of Connecticut, 39-23, in advancing to the finals.

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