TOWNSEND -- Every team is as good as its minor league team. Usually, when the big club is having success, the minor league team's effort goes oftentimes unnoticed.
The North Middlesex Lady Patriot Jayvees, coached by Mark Roy, finished the season with a 16-3 record in the shadows of Pat Murphy's varsity club who finished second in the Mid-Wach A . What isn't reflected in the post-game box score is the hard-work both the jayvees and varsity players put in during practice.
"It's been a great season for these girls. A lot of fun to watch," Roy said. "They are very intelligent baskeball players. They move the ball well, shoot well and play great defense. It's been a great season for them"
Pacing the Lady Patriots squad is junior Kristina Osborne, a multi-sport athlete, who was a pivotal part of Roy's volleyball team this fall.
"Kristina made the varsity team, but she chose to play JV," the coach said. "She wanted to work on her skills and get more game minutes. Her sister, Ashley, is one of four freshman on our team."
Rounding out the freshmen members are Mackenzie MacDonald, Rachel Record and Lynne Shattuck. When asked about the performance of his ninth-graders, Roy classified them as "really nice players."
"Each of them bring a unique skill-set that compliments the team very well. They have made the transition from middle school to JV smoothly and have been key to our success."
Like a house, every team needs a solid foundation, and the Lady Patriots jayvees certainly have that.
The nucleus of the team resides in the sophomore class which consists of Riley Walsh, Judy Bosch, Lexi Thonis, Katie King, Kaitlin Hanlon, Emily Flavin and Delaney LeDoux. LeDoux and Flavin have seen limited minutes on varsity this season.
When Murphy's four seniors: Julia Murray, Mackensey Farina, Elena Beauregard and Marissa Amichetti graduate, the Lady Patriots' varsity basketball program will be in good hands.
The future looks promising for North Middlesex basketball, who started the season on a six-game winning streak.
"That's the heart of the team right there," Roy said "A very tight knit group. They look for each other on the floor, work hard at every practice and play hard nose defense.
All the things you need inorder to be successful. It looks like a bright future for North Middlesex basketball."