Tough night for Woonsocket, St. Raphael
Prout pulls away in second half to hand Novans defeat
WOONSOCKET — For the first 62 seconds of the second half Monday night, the Woonsocket girls basketball team imposed its will on Prout and quickly turned a 13-point halftime deficit into a manageable seven-point contest.
The rest of the game, however, the visiting Crusaders used their size and precision passing to dominate the contest.
Prout double-double machine Kayla Barbera scored a game-high 24 points, while point guard Colby Crosby and forward Liz Duffy each added seven points in a 46-26 Division II victory.
“I don’t think anything really changed early in the second half, but we tell the kids that when they meet adversity, they need to stay poised,” Prout coach John Silva said. “We need to keep doing what we do best and not go frantic and try to do it on your own. We’ve been talking about that over the last few games.”
“One play just destroyed us and we just got out of rhythm,” Woonsocket coach Shawn Harris said. “We came out of halftime and put the pressure on them, but then they came back and put the pressure on us. They just executed and hit their cutters. We weren’t disciplined on defense.”
Woonsocket (4-8 Division II-North) was led by Kayla Acheson, who knocked down three 3-pointers early in the first half to account for all of her team-high nine points. Junior leading scorer Alyissia O’Hagan was held to just seven points, while Taylor Webster, Briana Zariczy, Danielle Fernandes and Averonia Hill all had a bucket.
Harris knows his team only needs to win three of its remaining six games to make the playoffs, but the first of those games takes place in Newport Wednesday night against two-loss Rogers.
“There were heads down after the game, but I told the girls that we still have six games left,” Harris said. “We need to win three more games, and if you look at our schedule we have winnable games against teams. This one goes out the window because we can compete and we can make the playoffs.”
Prout (8-4 Division II-South) already knows its in the playoffs, but Silva is focused on playoff positioning. Silva knows his team can compete with the best in the division because the Crusaders held a 13-point lead against undefeated Johnston last week before giving away the lead late in the contest.
The Crusaders return to the Blackstone Valley Thursday night to face reigning Division III champion Tolman before Juanita Sanchez comes to Wakefield Tuesday for a potential quarterfinal showdown.
“We want to get in a good seeding position,” Silva said. “We’ve won seven out of our last eight and I’d like to get to the No. 4 seed. I’m being realistic about it, but we’d like to win out even though we have tough games left against Scituate and Juanita Sanchez.”
Silva said he prefers to play man-to-man defense, but he started Monday’s game in a 2-3 zone to keep O’Hagan, Taylor Webster, Jaira Colon and the Villa Novans from attacking the paint. The strategy didn’t work because Acheson buried three 3-pointers and O’Hagan also hit a 3-pointer to keep the Novans in the game.
Prout went on a 7-1 run over the final four minutes of the first half to take a 13-point advantage into halftime. O’Hagan scored the final four of her seven points in the first minute of the second half to cut her team’s deficit to just seven.
But, that’s when Barbera took control of the contest with her scoring and passing. The senior scored nine points in the second half and she also delivered assists to Duffy and Crosby to extend the lead to 48-22 before both teams emptied the benches.
“In the first half we hit a bunch of 3s, but I told the girls not to fall for that because we’ll die by that,” Silva said. “We went back to what we do best and that’s pounding the ball. Barbera’s a double-double every night.”
Ladetto leads balanced effort in win
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Cumberland senior wing Allison Ladetto knocked down four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of Monday night’s Division I game against Chariho and the Clippers never trailed
Ladetto finished the evening with a gamehigh 15 points, while Kailey Vinacco delivered 13 points and MacKenzie Walton added 10 points in a 66-34 victory.
“We got off to a great start and never looked back,” Cumberland coach George Coderre said. “The kids really, really put their minds to it and played well. Our defense was really outstanding. We went back to boot camp since we had a few days off and girls like Abby Drezek, Helena Juntunen and Kailey Vinacco played great defense.
Cumberland (4-7 Division I-North) played the first of three games against teams from the southern end of the state this week. The Clippers host East Greenwich, which knocked Cumberland out of the playoffs last season, Wednesday before traveling to North Kingstown Friday.
Chariho (0-11 Division I-South) trailed by 11 points at halftime and struggled in the second half. Caitlin O’Leary led the Chargers will 11 points and Kate Powers delivered 10.
CUM, BERLAND (66) Julianne Ross 1 5-6 7, Allison Ladetto 5 0-0 15, McKenzie Walton 5 0-0 10, Lauren Pratt 0 0-4 0, Helena Juntunen 2 0-2 4, Kailey Vinacco 4 5-8 13, Abby Drezek 4 0-1 9, Madison McKenna 2 1-2 5, Natalie Kulacz 1 1-2 3, Totals 24 12-25 66. CHARIHO (34) Jess Rego 1 1-2 3, Kate Powers 3 4-8 10, Caitlin O'Leary 3 4-6 11, Annaliese Kenney 0 0-0 0, Olivia Pellegrino 2 2-4 6, Alex Williams 0 2-2 2, Sydney Allen 1 0-0 2, Lanye Hart 0 0-0 0, Totals 10 13-22 34. Halftime – Cumberland 28-17. 3-pointers – CU, Ladetto 5, Drezek; CH, O’Leary.
England inspires second-half comeback
BURRILLVILLE — Burrillville senior Sam England had to watch as visiting Davies took a two-point lead at halftime of Monday night’s Division III at the BroncoDome.
England, who had to sit on the bench for the first half because she missed a recent practice due to illness, led the Broncos to a second-half comeback win. The senior wing scored 15 points in the final 16 minutes to lead the Broncos to a 48-38 victory.
Burrillville (6-5 Division III-North) only needs one more win to qualify for the Division III playoffs. The Broncos visit North Smithfield Wednesday night, as Burrillville coach Sam Stanton will match wits with her sister, North Smithfield coach Ariana Stanton.
Bronco senior center Caity Libby scored a game-high 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Tanaihya Harmon also had 10 rebounds to go along with seven points.
Davies Tech (6-5 Division III-North) received a game-high 16 points from senior point guard Tiana DaSilva. Freshman Jen Cruz continues to provide coach Joe Handy with a presence in the post, as the Patriot scored eight points.
Davies hosts Blackstone Valley Prep Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.
DAVIES (38) Tiana DaSilva 6 4-8 16, Madison Bator 2 0-0 5, Julianna Desautel 0 0-0 0, Tonya Cooper 3 0-0 6, Madeline Brassard 0 0-0 0, Jen Cruz 4 0-0 8, Sam Baker 1 0-0 3, Totals 16 4-8 38 BURRILLVILLE (48) Nicole Ethier 0 0-0 0, Liz Ethier 2 0-0 4, Sam England 7 0-1 15, Caity Libby 6 4-4 16, Madison Turner 0 0-0 0, Tanaihya Harmon 3 1-3 7, Kendall Bousquet 1 0-0 2, Jocelyn Valliere 1 0-1 2, Alyssa Simpson 0 0-0 0, Sam Prario 1 0-0 2, Totals 21 5-9 48 Halftime – Davies 25-23. 3-pointers DT, Bator, Baker; B, England.
The Woonsocket girls basketball team needs to win three of its remaining six games to reach the Division II playoffs after Monday night’s defeat to visiting Prout.
Burrillville senior Sam England (4) scored all 15 of her points in Monday night’s 48-38 win over Davies in the second half.