2016-02-25 / Front Page

Shots Don’t Drop - MHS Girls Lose in D-III Semifinal

Kirby Varacalli

It was nothing but dejection for Middletown’s Alisa Benson (left) and Amanda Hassan after being eliminated from the D-III playoffs by Tolman High School on Thursday night, Feb. 25, in East Providence. (Photo by Meri Keller)It was nothing but dejection for Middletown’s Alisa Benson (left) and Amanda Hassan after being eliminated from the D-III playoffs by Tolman High School on Thursday night, Feb. 25, in East Providence. (Photo by Meri Keller)In a nail biter of a game on Thursday night, Feb. 25, all the Middletown High School girls needed was the tying 3-pointer by Alisa Benson to drop with 2 seconds on the clock and things might have  turned out differently. It didn’t and the top seeded Islanders, in the state’s Division III tournament were upset by the fifth seeded Tolman Tigers 36-33. By that time, it should have been no surprise to anybody watching as the Islanders hadn’t hit a “three” the entire game and far too few other shots on a nightmarish shooting night for Middletown.

Islander head coach Mike Yates said after the game, “I’m disappointed. The girls are disappointed. But, the team sometimes doesn’t shoot as well on the road as they do at home and tonight was one of those nights.” “There defensive effort was good enough to win. The shots, the threes, they just wouldn’t drop,” lamented Yates. ”

Consequentially, no Islander scored in double figures. Senior Alisa Benson led the team with 8 points, garnered 6 rebounds and handed out 5assists. Senior Taylor Deconzo was a force against the taller Tigers front court grabbing 12 rebounds to keep her team in the game despite the lid on the basket all night. Tolman junior Jayla Moore led all scorers with 12 points.

Middletown ended their Division III season with a 17-2 record (20-2 overall). They now wait seeding in the RI Girls “Open Tournament” that tips off on Wednesday, Mar. 2.

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