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Watertown girls have come a long way

Against Braintree High School. Watertown’s Gabriella Coppola drives for the basket during this past Wednesday’s game.
Against Braintree High School. Watertown’s Gabriella Coppola drives for the basket during this past Wednesday’s game.Photos by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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Gabriella Coppola laughed in disbelief as she spoke.

She was a member of Watertown’s varsity girls team three years ago as a freshman, when the Raiders lost half of their games by double-digits and routinely played in near-empty gyms. Now a senior, the point guard and Middlesex Freedom MVP recently helped the Raiders finish 19-1 and earn their first league title in over 30 years.

“It feels unbelievable to say that we’re Middlesex League champs,” she said. “We’re all really proud of each other, but we know there’s more work to be done. We’re not about to let us winning the league get in the way of even bigger goals that we could accomplish.”

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