Rebels Clinch Tournament Birth in Impressive Win Over Norwood

James Cullinane

     The Rebels Girls Basketball Team has faced an unbelievable amount of adversity this season.  Coming into the season, very few considered the inexperienced, unproven Rebels as contenders.  Head Coach, Stacy Bilodeau, has done an incredible job of keeping this young team focused throughout the season.  The Rebels have showcased the incredible backbone of the Rebel program all season.  Even when the injury bug has bitten the Rebels, they have simply plugged a reserve into the starting lineup, without skipping a beat.  When senior point gaurd Liz Malone went down with an injury, Freshman Bridget Nicholsen stepped into the starting lineup and proved herself to be a future star.  The Rebels were able to do this all season due to the incredible preparation by Bilodeau and the rest of the Rebels coaching staff. 

     The Rebels rollercoaster ride of a season, brought them to a 8-8 record, leaving them an outside candidate for clinching a spot in the tournament.  The playoff scenario for Walpole, one more loss, and they would be virtually eliminated from playoff contention.  The Rebels thrived under this intense pressure on senior night at the high school in an impressive 63-38 victory over the Milton Wildcats. The charge against Milton was lead by the Walpole veterans.  Captain Molly Grimes delivered in this important game with 2o points.  Seniors Liz Malone and Captain Brooke Waite both produced big nights against the Wildcats.  Walpole turned many heads with this easy victory over Milton, but they still had their work cut out for them, as they faced Norwood, with a tournament bid on the line.

     The Rebels would need to showcase the fortitude they have owned all season to be able to come out on top against Norwood.  The pressure on the shoulders of the Rebels would be nearly unsurrmountable for many teams in the Bay State league, but the Rebels have been known to have some of the strongest shoulders in the state.  Behind strong performances from Waite and Senior Christi Villa, the Rebels came out on top by a score of 59-47.  This exciting victory clinched the Rebels the tournament spot that tried so hard to avoid them all season.  The Rebs proved that their incredible fortitude can overcome anything, even what seems like destiny.  The Rebels look forward to continue their Cinderella story deep into the tournament, a spot where they have become familiar with over the past decade.