2016-02-11 / Front Page

Pursuit of Perfection Still On

Lady Islanders Stay Unbeaten
Kirby Varacalli

Middletown High School girls basketball head coach Mike Yates was right. He predicted on January 26, right after his team dispatched Davies to raise its Rhode Island Interscholastic League Division-III record to 11-0, that when his team faced Mount St. Charles High School of Woonsocket at home on Thursday, Feb. 11, both would be undefeated in division. The Lady Islanders still are. The Mounties, now, are not.

 The Middletowners combined tenacity, talent and poise to defeat the visiting Woonies 66-51 on their home court on Thursday night. The Islanders offered a balanced offensive attack, with their five starters finishing in double figures for 60 of their 66 total points. Juniors Madison Lyman and senior Alisa Benson chipped in 14 points apiece, and seniors Taylor Deconzo and Elise Rosenthal each added 11 of their own. Junior starter Kiana Lassiter had 10. Deconzo collected 14 rebounds and both she and Lyman garnered one loose ball after another, all game long. All four of Benson’s field goals came from beyond the 3-point line. Benson’s “three” with 5:12 to go in the game, when Middletown was clinging to a three point lead, at 46-43 triggered an 11-2 run for the Islanders that put the game away.  Middletown drained 11 of 12 free throw opportunities in the second half to ensure that they would raise their record in D-III to 14-0 and 17-0 overall.

 Coach Yate was ecstatic after the game. “My girls go after the ball”, he said. “They knew they had a battle on their hands tonight and the played as a team to get it done. I love ‘em to death,” added Yates.

 Woonsocket junior Julia Laquerre was a force for the Mounties and led all scorers with 24 points. No other teammate of Laquerre contributed more than eight. With the loss, Woonsocket’s D-III record dropped to 14-1 and 18-2 overall.

 The lady Islanders have three remaining division games in their pursuit of perfection and optimal seeding for the state tournament. All of them will be on the road: at Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, Feb. 13 with an 11 a.m. tip; at Narragansett on Monday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.; at Shea on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

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