QUINCY – By this point in the season, just about every girls basketball coach in Massachusetts is pretty well aware of North Quincy standout Orlagh Gormley, and the matchup problems she poses for her opposition.
The frightening part? She still has a long high school career in front of her, and during a year in which she has delivered one stunning highlight after another, last night may have been her greatest accomplishment yet.
The sophomore sensation enjoyed a historic performance Saturday evening, shattering the North Quincy school record for points in a game with 56, as the eighth-seeded Raiders remained undefeated while coasting to the Div. 2 Round of 16 with a convincing 80-57 victory over No. 25 Masconomet. Gormley also added nine steals and eight rebounds.
“People don’t get it,” said North Quincy coach Matt Ramponi. “It’s her change of speed that makes her so difficult to cover. She’s not doing anything fancy, but the ball gets attached to her like a yo-yo, and she just works at it. She put the time into it all year, her whole life. This is what she loves.”
Gormley’s final tally bested the prior North Quincy record of 54 points set by Brian Ross back in 1998. The mark also set a new high school scoring record for the City of Presidents, also topping the Quincy mark set by Doug Scott (53 points) in 2009.
It didn’t take long for Gormley to catch fire. In fact, she scored the first 16 points of the game for North Quincy (23-0), and 22 of its first 26.
“I was just in the zone,” Gormley chuckled afterward. “I had no clue how many points I had.”
She was far from finished. The guard proceeded to register 39 points in the first half alone, as North Quincy took a 48-21 lead into the half.
“It felt really good,” Gormley said. “The crowd was really amazing. So I just say thank you to them.”
With 4:05 remaining in the third quarter, Gormley dribbled coast-to-coast, and right past a pair of defenders for an easy layup, eclipsing the 50-point barrier.
“I actually didn’t know about (the record) until my assistant coach said she’s at like 50 or something,” said Ramponi. “I was like: ‘Woah.’ Just because I’m not thinking about that, but she doesn’t either. That’s what’s unique about her. She had no idea until another girl said it to her, because she is just playing, playing, playing.”
North Quincy will now face a perennial state title contender next week, when it hosts No. 9 Pentucket. Should the Raiders win, they will punch their ticket to the Round of 8.
“We’re ready to rock,” said Ramponi. “Anybody you want to bring into our gym, we’re ready to play them. I don’t care who you are. We’re ready for sure. We’ve been watching film on them…we know Pentucket is going to come here and bring it, but they definitely have to be ready to play us, without a doubt on our floor.”
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