Rhode Island Champions are Crowned
March 14th, 2010
Woonsocket girls take Division I hoops crown
Woonsocket relied on a balanced scoring attack to beat the three time defending state champion La Salle. After three ties and eight lead changes, Woonsocket found itself holding a slim 23-20 lead over the Rams at halftime, thanks to one of sophomore Michelle Brayboy’s two 3-pointers, with 1:27 remaining.
La Salle got within one with a jumper by sophomore Caitlyn Cornell just 17 seconds into the second half, but Woonsocket put together a 9-1 run over the next 2 1/2 minutes, going ahead, 32-23, on a jumper by Brooke Coderre.
But that’s as close as the Rams would get. Kailey Fugere seal the deal for Woonsocket by hitting with 16 seconds left after furious run at it late by La Salle to cut the lead to 4 points with under a minute left.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME – Priscilla Dunphy, LS; Ashley Dubois, Woon.
TOURNAMENT MVP – Brooke Coderre, Woon.
Division II - Westerly does the virtually impossible beats Chariho for a four time to win title
After beating them already three times this season, the Westerly girls basketball team had to wait until the very last second to complete their run at the state championship beating Chariho 46-43. Hannah Dobson led Westerly in scoring with 11 points. Liz Cruso was named tournament MVP.
R.I. BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM – Leanna Fanning, Tolman; Kristen Rameika, Prout; Mary Toth, Chariho; Krista Trenholm, Chariho; Brittany LeClair, Westerly.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME – Nancy Toth, Chariho; Hannah Dobson, Westerly.
Division III - North Smithfield’s goes from last to first
Playing in Division III this season after going winless in Division II for the last three years and winning just one game in the last five, the North Smithfield girl’s basketball team defeated Mt. Pleasant, 35-32, in the Division III final of the Credit Union Basketball Championships at the Ryan Center.
Northmen guard Tori Franceschi, one of the seniors who persevered through those lean years when her team went 0-53, finished with a game-high 20 points and was named the tournament MVP after guiding North Smithfield to its first state championship since it won the Division II title in 2001.
Mt. Pleasant opened the second half with a 10-2 run and closed the gap, though, taking its first lead of the game on a putback by Taiwo Adefiyiju and going ahead, 22-19, on another basket by the senior forward.
But North Smithfield answered with an 8-0 run, regaining the lead for good with a field goal by Sidra Ethier. Mt. Pleasant scored the last six points of the game and got within three thanks to a three-point play by Towanna Johnson with 13.6 seconds left. But the Northmen held on for the win.
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM – Mikaela Garvin, Hope; Latiana German, MP; Taiwo Adefiyiju, MP; Anissa Robitaille, NS; Pamela Denomme, NS.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME – Tori Franceschi, NS; Towanna Johnson, MP.