Gabriel Richard girls get the season off to good start

Tom Tigani
– RIVERVIEW REGISTER

The Gabriel Richard High School girls’ basketball team has gotten off to a good start and stood at 5-2 after their first seven games this season.

They won their first five, including a 60-13 defeat of Detroit Cristo Rey, before losing 43-28 at Erie Mason on Dec. 28 and 50-31 at Royal Oak Shrine in their first Catholic League Intersectional 2 League game Jan. 3.

“Those last two games were a good challenge for us, and hopefully will help us get better as we go,” Coach Sam Lamb said. “The girls are working really hard.”

Senior point guard Angela Cabalang is averaging 14 points and 5 assists and senior guard Maddie Szczechowski, who’s averaging 11 points a game.

Sophomore post player Isabella Assimacopoulos, meanwhile, has been a pleasant surprise, averaging 7 points 9 rebounds.

“She’s starting every game and really being a key contributor for us.” Lamb said. “We were hoping she would step up this season, and now she’s in a big role and doing a tremendous job.”

Lamb credits his four seniors and four underclassmen with doing an “unbelievable” job of focusing and trying to get better and helping each other perform well.

The Richard community has taken notice, as boys’ team athletes, parents and supporters have been showing up to the games, especially at home.

“It’s been really nice to have that support,” Lamb said. “We’ve noticed that some of the teams we play don’t have as many of their fans at the games.

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