Pamela Gonzalez has been selected as an All-Scholastic, a much-deserved honor following her sensational senior season for the St. Maryâ€™s High School of Lynn girls basketball team.
Gonzalez, of Revere, led the Lady Spartans in to the Division 3 state championship game Saturday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds, but St. Maryâ€™s fell to Hoosac Valley, 66-49.
The 5-foot-10-inch senior was simply phenomenal in this yearâ€™s MIAA Tournament, leading St. Maryâ€™s to wins over Watertown, Bishop Fenwick, Amesbury, and Archbishop Williams.
Gonzalez had 23 points in the Spartansâ€™ thrilling 62-59 victory over two-time defending state champion Williams at the TD Garden. Gonzalez had a huge three-point play to tie the game in the final minutes and assisted on the game-winning three-pointer by teammate Olivia Matela with 5.7 seconds left.
On the final possession, Gonzalez helped deny an Archbishop Williams player from attempting the potential game-tying shot.
Gonzalez began her career at Revere High School and was a key member of Lianne Oâ€™Haraâ€™s contingent that won 18 consecutive games and became the top-ranked team in Massachusetts. Gonzalez transferred to St. Maryâ€™s where she netted her 1,000th career point and became the teamâ€™s leading scorer and playmaker.
Gonzalezâ€™s versatility allowed her to alternate at guard and frontcourt positions this season, often finishing as her teamâ€™s leading rebounder. One of her most talented teammates was sophomore starting guard Nicolette Dâ€™Itria, also of Revere.
Gonzalez has turned down scholarship offers from Division 2 college programs, opting to focus on a future career in nursing. She is considering Boston College, Northeastern, Regis, and Emmanuel.
St. Maryâ€™s coach Jeff Newhall said Gonzalez has excelled not only as a basketball player but as a student and team leader as well.
â€œPamâ€™s basketball success is well documented, but what people need to know is that she is a great person who is a tremendous student and focused on what she wants to do in the future,â€ said Newhall.