Tough night for Woonsocket, St. Raphael

Prout pulls away in sec­ond half to hand No­vans de­feat

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By BRAN­DEN MELLO bmello@woonsock­et­call.com

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.

File photo by Jerry Sil­ber­man / risport­sphoto.com

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.

File photo by Ernest A. Brown

Bur­ril­lville se­nior Sam Eng­land (4) scored all 15 of her points in Mon­day night’s 48-38 win over Davies in the sec­ond half.

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