Raiders too much for CF; Saints cruise

St. Raphael, Shea meet for Don­ald­son-Lynch ti­tle at 6

Woonsocket Call - - SPORTS - By JON BAKER [email protected]­tuck­et­times.com

PAW­TUCKET – Shea High as­sis­tant An­drew Mai­gret knew long be­fore Fri­day night’s opener of the third an­nual Boys’ & Girls’ Club of Paw­tucket/Don­ald­son-Lynch Girls’ Memo­rial Hol­i­day Tour­na­ment that vet­eran men­tor John Lick­ert would be un­able to at­tend due to an im­por­tant pre­vi­ous en­gage­ment.

That’s why it was so hard to know the Raiders’ col­lec­tive mind­set prior to tak­ing on fa­mil­iar foe Cen­tral Falls.

Would they “take it easy” with­out the gritty head coach’s con­stant or­ders from the side­lines, or re­lax and do what they do best as an ex­pe­ri­enced group?

The safe bet was the lat­ter, and Shea didn’t dis­ap­point. Ju­nior cen­ter Yas­mine San­tos planted a game-high 14 points, while sopho­more Kaylisse DePina chipped in 13 and se­niors De­ne­sha Lomba and Ash­ley Tor­res 10 and seven, re­spec­tively, as the Raiders buried the ex­tremely young War­riors, 58-32, in­side the BGCP gym­na­sium.

Sopho­more Jariah Hol­land chipped in a crit­i­cal eight points, while she, fel­low class­mate Al­li­son Dos San­tos-Soares (six points) and San­tos pro­duced 90 per­cent of the SHS boards.

“Early on in the game, we were a lit­tle stale, a lit­tle rusty, so it was all about knock­ing the rust off, and we slowly but surely started to do that,” Mai­gret stated af­ter his team cap­tured its first win. “As tal­ented as this team is, we’re still try­ing to fig­ure out where all the pieces go, es­pe­cially the new ones. The per­fect ex­am­ple is Jariah.

“With this be­ing her first or­ga­nized high school game ever, I don’t think she knew what to ex­pect,” he added. “I also didn’t think she was aware about what it would be like walk­ing into the gym. I’d say we ex­pected a lit­tle bit more from her (Fri­day night), but she’s still brand new to the pro­gram. She showed a ton of prom­ise.”

Cen­tral Falls dropped to 0-1, de­spite sopho­more Ameliz Vil­le­gas’ team-lead­ing 14 points. Fresh­man Car­o­line Gil reg­is­tered 11 (nine via the trey), while sopho­more for­ward Sa­vanna Mar­tinez con­trib­uted two points and seven re­bounds; class­mate Ju­lianny Echev­er­ria a bucket and five boards and ju­nior Dakota Aguilar a bas­ket and four steals.

“We’ve bat­tled them for the last four or five years any­way, so we knew what to ex­pect; we knew they were go­ing to be big and, well, good,” noted CF head coach Nick Lafre­niere. “The dif­fer­ence in this one was ex­pe­ri­ence and – right now – tal­ent, pure and sim­ple. A lot of that comes with their age; they’re older and big­ger.

“They’re ju­niors and se­niors, and we’re a fresh­men-heavy team,” he con­tin­ued. “We don’t have any re­turn­ing starters, or var­sity play­ers. What does that tell you? I will say this: I’m proud of the girls be­cause the ef­fort was there the en­tire game. They never quit; they never gave up. They could have, but didn’t. They kept com­ing af­ter ‘em.”

The War­riors ac­tu­ally tied the tilt at 2-2 af­ter Vil­le­gas canned a ter­rific 18-footer 28 ticks into the con­test, but Tor­res and DosSan­tos-Soares sparked a 9-0 surge to make it 11-2. Mar­tinez banked home a 14-footer with 10:20 left in the half to slice it to 11-4, but Shea mus­tered a 14-2 run over the next 4:48 to cush­ion the lead at 25-6.

It did so cour­tesy of a Tor­res foul shot, three con­sec­u­tive fast-break layins off steals (two by Hol­land) and DePina’s premier three-point play (fol­low­ing a pretty, left-hand, base­line hook).

Gil im­me­di­ately canned a trey at the 5:18 mark to cut it to 25-9, yet the Raiders went into the break with a 3111 cush­ion.

All told, CF made 20 turnovers over the ini­tial 16 min­utes (and would fin­ish with 34) while the “vis­i­tors” made just five.

Shea man­u­fac­tured the first six dur­ing the open­ing 107 ticks of the se­cond ses­sion, thanks to Lomba, Dos-San­tos Soares and Tor­res, but be­gan turn­ing it over it­self later. It fin­ished with eight over the fi­nal 16 min­utes.

Still, when Tor­res drained two free­bies to make it 50-21 with 4:28 left in reg­u­la­tion, Shea had cinched its spot in tonight’s fi­nal.

“I’m re­ally happy with our guard play, the way they com­mu­ni­cated on the court,” Mai­gret said. “They were very per­cep­tive, do­ing the best they could to move the ball around. They were very un­selfish, and I like that this early in the sea­son.”

St. Raphael used a team-high 11 points from Tatum Forbes to sub­due Tol­man, 60-20, in the night­cap. The Saints will play the Raiders in the ti­tle game tonight at 6.

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SHEA (58) – Yas­mine San­tos 6 2-5 14, Kaylisse DePina 5 3-5 13, De­ne­sha Lomba 4 2-2 10,

Djo­vana DoRosario 0 0-0 0, Ash­ley Tor­res 2 3-4 7, Al­li­son Dos San­tos-Soares 3 0-1 6, Jariah Hol­land 4 0-0 8, Sarah Kone 0 0-0 0, An­tonette Cooper 0 0-0 0; to­tals 24 10-17 58.

CEN­TRAL FALLS (32) – Sa­vanna Mar­tinez 1 0-0 2, Car­o­line Gil 4 0-0 11, Ameliz Vil­le­gas 7 0-0 14, Ju­lianny Echev­er­ria 1 0-0 2, Fatu Diallo 1 0-0 2, Dakota Aguilar 0 1-2 1, Daneisha Manzueta 0 0-0 0; to­tals 14 0-1 32. Three-point field goals: Gil 3.

Half­time: Shea, 31-11.

Photo by Ernest A. Brown

Tatum Forbes (3) scored a team-high 11 points to lead St. Raphael to a 60-20 vic­tory over Tol­man Fri­day night.

Pho­tos by Ernest A. Brown

The St. Raphael girls bas­ket­ball team had no trou­ble de­feat­ing Tol­man in the semi­fi­nals of the Don­ald­son-Lynch Tour­na­ment Fri­day night in Paw­tucket. The Saints will meet tal­ented Shea in tonight’s ti­tle game.

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