Next season, Healy will play on a full scholarship at the University of Richmond, a Division 1 program just a few hours from her older brother, Christian, who plays at Gettysburg College.
For now though, Healy is focused on the task at hand: a second consecutive undefeated state championship season.
“We really had nothing to lose,” said Healy of the challenging task of tapping off the season minus O’Brien.
“This gave us a little chip on our shoulder, saying ‘we’re not perfect, but we’re going to try pretty hard to be.’ Not every play has been pretty, and we know that, but we play hard. We play for Morgan. We want this for her.”
In their quest for perfection, the Rockets have certainly caught excellence. Only five games stand between now and another perfect season.
Haverhill boys pull out Merrimack Valley win
In a matchup at third-seeded Westford Academy, the Haverhill High boys’ basketball team was on a mission. The Hillies finished the regular season at 11-9, but won the Merrimack Valley Conference Small Division.
Haverhill wasn’t given much of a shot against the Grey Ghosts (16-4), but converted nine of his 3-point shots and escaped with a riveting 62-59 win.
“We did not expect them to shoot the way they did,” Westford Academy coach Jim Bramanti said after the game. “They hit their shots when they needed to.”
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