Woonsocket tops NS for 1st win

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By JON BAKER [email protected]­tuck­et­times.com

WOONSOCKET — It had to hap­pen some­time, and Woonsocket High head coach Mike Cahill is mighty glad it hap­pened sooner than later.

Cahill’s hoop crew en­tered Fri­day night’s Divi­sion III con­test against North Smith­field with­out a win this sea­son; in seven over­all tilts and four of the league va­ri­ety, it had failed, though one proved to be an over­time defeat.

Those losses added up to a lot of frus­tra­tion, es­pe­cially among the girls who make up his ros­ter, but the Villa No­vans turned it around in­side the Gus Savaria Me­mo­rial Gym­na­sium with a come-from-be­hind 46-34 tri­umph.

Se­nior for­ward Grace Washington paced the hosts (0-8, 1-4) with 10 points, eight boards and four steals, while class­mate Jas­myn Faber­lle chipped in nine points and five steals; sopho­more guards Tay­lor Tem­pest and Abi­gail Des­jardin six points; and class­mate Pey­ton Cahill four points.

An­other sopho­more Tianna Car­pen­tier, tacked on a bucket and six re­bounds.

For the North­men, who fell to 2-3 in di­vi­sional ac­tion, only one player reached dou­ble dig­its, and that was stand­out ju­nior guard Sky­lar Mette; she ac­com­plished that in less than a half.

With 3:58 left be­fore in­ter­mis­sion, Mette went down with a left an­kle in­jury, sus­pected to be a high an­kle sprain, and her par­ents trans­ported her to nearby Land­mark Med­i­cal Cen­ter for eval­u­a­tion.

Ju­nior Hope Trow­bridge helped the North Smith­field cause with eight re­bounds and a free throw, while se­nior Mad­die Who­ley con­trib­uted seven boards and four points; fresh­man Calla Puc­cetti a point, six boards and four thefts; sopho­more Kameron Chartier five points and frosh Me­gan Masi four points and two steals.

All told, the No­vans hit nine of 16 from the char­ity stripe, the North­men 12 of 19.

“That’s how we won the game – we hit our free throws and ac­tu­ally shot the ball pretty well (from the field),” Cahill stated. “We’ve had one league game where we scored over 30, so we’ve missed a ton of shots. The thing is, we have some ath­letes, so we knew – even­tu­ally – they were go­ing to fall. They fi­nally did (Fri­day evening).

“This is very sat­is­fy­ing,” he added. “The girls have been work­ing re­ally hard and do­ing ev­ery­thing right but scor­ing. Here, against North Smith­field, we added of­fense to the equa­tion and got the win. “It IS about time.”

The North­men took a 25-20 cush­ion into the fi­nal stanza, but Woonsocket slowly be­gan to chisel into the lead. The younger Cahill planted four “free­bies” in the open­ing 2:54 to cut it to one (25-24), yet NS a Chartier jumper and a foul shot each from Pucetti and Masi pushed it back to 29-24.

Sud­denly, how­ever, Woonsocket caught fire. Rushie Vi­lane hit an 18-footer, and the No­vans even­tu­ally took their second lead of the game (3231) after Faber­lle drained a 17-foot bomb.

That, not to men­tion nu­mer­ous North turnovers and Agye­mang’s trey with 7:27 left, lifted Cahill’s bunch to a 35-31 ad­van­tage.

Over the re­main­ing time, WHS outscored its ri­val, 11-3.

To put it in per­spec­tive, the No­vans man­u­fac­tured a 15-6 flurry in the ini­tial 8:33.

“It was huge, los­ing Sky­lar,” de­jected NS men­tor Ar­i­ana Stan­ton said after­ward. “It would’ve been a dif­fer­ent game if we had her for the second half. She’s our play­maker and con­trol­ling force out there on the floor.

“When you don’t have a re­ally ef­fi­cient, tal­ented player like that in there, it’s go­ing to hurt,” she added. “I thought it also had an ef­fect on the rest of our play­ers.”

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