By Lorenzo Recupero
The Lady Tide are rolling right now, getting off to their hottest start to a season ever under the tutelage of head coach Tammy Turner.
In the 13 seasons Turner’s coached Crimson Tide girls basketball, she hasn’t had a team come out on such a fiery start.
In beating GBL rival and formerly undefeated Malden, 70-28, Tuesday night, the Tide upped their win streak to seven games while remaining undefeated. And they are playing some of the best ball in the area, much to the delight of coach Turner.
“[As a coach]it has nothing to do with our record, but just as long as the girls are willing to work hard and are having fun, I love it,” said Turner on how her season has turned out so far. “I have the work horses this year and I love it,” she said.
Two of the work horses Turner is referencing are her senior captains, Carolann Cardinale and Maddy Duraes. Both are impacting the team in winning ways.
“Carolanne gets a block and a steal out of nowhere with her lengthy arms and is just a momentum changer for us,” said Turner of her senior forward, who is averaging a team-high 9 rebounds per game.
Turner noted Cardinale is also one of the quickest sprinters on the team.
“Maddy will make a 3-pointer when you least expect it and need it most, the type that pumps the whole team up,” said Turner, who is finding her senior leaders offer the team more than just numbers on the stat sheet. “Their overall composure as seniors has helped, especially in the closer games this season,” she said.
The Tide’s next 5 games, all on the road, will start at Somerville January 14 (6PM) and close in Revere Jan. 28 (7PM). They return home against Medfield Jan. 30 (6:30PM).