LYNN — Lynn English High alumni and previous Bulldogs young ladies ball player Dorothy Ezemba kicked the bucket Saturday night after a long fight with an uncommon muscle malignant growth. Ezemba, 18, graduated this past spring and was in her first year at UMass-Lowell. She was determined to have malignancy toward the finish of her lesser b-ball season in 2017. Specialists found the disease following multi month of tests and outputs. Ezemba experienced chemotherapy and radiation amid the mid year of 2017.
“She was a quite decent competitor,” English Vice Principal Gary Molea said. “She got analyzed toward the finish of her lesser year and you’d never think anything was turning out badly. One day she descended the hallway wearing a cap in reverse. I conversed with her direction advocate and I wouldn’t trust it. She was a power on the court. She helped me a great deal to remember Deirdre Jackson. She was exceptionally difficult to stop. She was an extraordinary contender and a great child.”
English Athletic Director Dick Newton viewed Ezemba firsthand as an understudy competitor. What awed him the most, he stated, were her initiative characteristics. Ezemba shown others how its done on the court and in the classroom, and her partners stuck to this same pattern.
“She was an exceptionally pleasant young lady,” Newton said. “She was mild-mannered. Quiet, exceptionally deferential. She was extraordinary to have around, an incredible pioneer. She was the sort of young lady that you needed the more youthful young ladies to pursue her lead. She was a savvy, deferential, dazzling individual.
“This is an extreme one for our young ladies b-ball group,” Newton proceeded. “A great deal of young ladies admired her. They realized what sort of individual she was. She shown others how its done.”
Amid her lesser season, Ezemba built up herself as an extreme, abrasive contender on the court. Her ailment constrained her to miss her senior season, however she stayed close with the group by going to amusements and practices.
“She never missed an amusement,” Molea said. “She was dependably there for the young ladies. I got a couple of writings and messages from alumni (Monday). It’s difficult to take, somebody that youthful. I saw her play that lesser year and in the event that you revealed to me she had malignancy I’d state ‘no chance.’ She was a significant contender, ideal until the end.”
This past April, Ezemba was respected by the Board 130 of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) with the James Young Courage Award.
“She was an incredible player,” Newton said. “She was extremely anticipating her senior season. She anticipated ball and having an incredible senior year. She generally had a grin, came over and said howdy to us. She didn’t need anyone’s pity. She needed to beat it and she did as well as could be expected. Dorothy was a certified, pleasant young lady. She didn’t be anything however the best.
“It’s hard to see anyone go however we the educators and heads at English have considered our children our own. This is another extreme one for us. She was the kind of individual that we need different children to imitate.”
Ezemba went into abatement for a period, however the malignant growth returned amid the mid year. Recently, Ezemba entered hospice around the same time she was planned to go to a Boston Celtics diversion.
Molea said the staff at English will offer help to understudies in need.
“We’ll be there for the children, anybody that needs us. I know a portion of the young ladies on the group currently played with her. She was outstanding amongst other players on the court, on either group.”