2/20/24 – MS Boys Basketball Vs. St. Michaels Country Day

Mariners Lead Early but Fall to Resilient SMCD Team

ROCKY HILL – 31, ST MICHAELS – 44

On February 20th, we took on a well coach SMDC team. In our first 25 minute scrimmage we were able to pull out a victory behind strong contributions from Theo Weiner ’30 (East Greenwich, RI) and Tobey Rishworth ’28 (North Kingstown, RI). Harrison Lax ’29 (Hope, RI), Jamison Lax (Hope, RI), and Cooper Prescott ’30 (Warwick, RI) led us emotionally and helped keep it close. We were able to pull out a 27-24 victory in the first half.

In the second half, we were able to play our younger players. We lost the second half 4-20.

The Mariners are looking forward to the end of season MS tournament this Saturday at Wheeler!

2/21/24 – Girls Varsity Basketball Vs. Dublin [SENE Semifinal]

Photo Credit Elizabeth Howard

After Slow Start Mariners Cruise to Victory Over Wildcats in Conference Semifinal

ROCKY HILL – 71, DUBLIN – 33

In game 1 of the SENE playoffs, Rocky Hill Country Day hosted the Dublin School in a rematch of an early season game where our Mariners had everything clicking. History will tell you that the rematch of a game like that would never be an easy one and history proved itself to be accurate. Dublin came out aggressively, shooting early and often, putting pressure on the home team. But Sophie Mahar ‘25 (Wakefield, RI) started out hot, scoring 8 1st quarter points, setting up our 15-11 lead after the first 8 minutes.

We trailed 19-20 with 4:15 minutes left in the 2nd quarter before Darien Kiernan ‘26 (Cranston, RI) drained a huge 3-pointer in the corner off of great ball movement. The trey sparked a 13-3 run that saw continued sharing of the ball and an aggressiveness on the offensive boards, led by Dariia Serednytska ‘27 (Odessa, Ukraine) with 3 consecutive put-back baskets off of missed shots. As a team we had 15 offensive rebounds in the half, with Addison Mahar ‘27 (Wakefield, RI) and Dariia each grabbing 5. Things were looking up as our Mariners went into the 2nd half with a 32-23 lead and the momentum of the last 4 minutes.

Aliona Nikulina ‘27 (Kyiv, Ukraine) had an outstanding 3rd quarter with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists as we got out on the break. The transition offense was key as we outscored our opponents 21-5 in the 3rd, putting the game out of reach at 53-28. Lily Sokol ‘26 (Middletown, RI) was the benefactor of a couple of those assists as she also scored 6 in the quarter.

The 4th quarter was a story of continued dominance on the offensive glass and focus ball movement on offense. Ju’elle West ‘24 (Providence, RI) had a big quarter with 6 points (and a 10 rebound night). Aliona also had 6 points while she took advantage of great positioning and a strong shooting night.

In total, we outscored our opponent 39-10 in the final half and we did it once we got the ball moving to our open scorers. Even the missed shots worked in our favor as we set season highs with an incredible 33 offensive rebounds and 63 rebounds in total. Every player on the team scored and, even better, every player on the team had at least 1 rebound and assist. It was a great response to the early difficulties caused by an inspired Dublin team.

Our girls now wrap up the regular season by traveling to Bancroft on Thursday night before they head to St Andrew’s in the SENE Championship Game on Saturday the 24th at 7:30pm. Seeding for the NEPSAC playoffs will be finalized on Sunday with our sites set on two home games at Rocky Hill. WE’LL SEE YOU THERE!!!!

2/15/24 – Boys JV Basketball @ Putnam Science V

Photo Credit Ariana Hernandez

“Uncomfortable” Mariners Fall for Second Time in Meeting with Mustangs

ROCKY HILL – 40, PUTNAM SCIENCE V – 70

In their second meeting of the year, a contest the Mariners were eagerly anticipating, Putnam Science put on an offensive and defensive clinic, and proved why they are one of the elite basketball programs in the country. From the opening tip, the Mariners were pressured, and forced to start their offense from uncomfortable positions. Putnam did an excellent job dictating tempo on the defensive end, and it felt like Rocky Hill never managed to get comfortable the entire game.

On defense, the Mariners were lost. Putnam’s off ball action was exquisite and varied, leading to a barrage of open threes to start the game. Communication was poor, and Rocky Hill spent much of their time on defense chasing rather than dictating. The Mariners went into the half down 47 to 21, with no answers.

Out of the half, things improved – Jacob Lax ’26 (Hope, RI) and Jack Casey ’25 (South Kingstown, RI) showed again how valuable their presence was, and were some of the only players willing to be assertive. They dove on the floor, attacked the glass, and were willing to get physical. They chipped in 9 and 7 points respectively, and were the only reason this game didn’t turn out even uglier.

Ultimately, the contest was never close, closing 70-40 Putnam. The Mariners leave this game humbled, but hungry to get back at it and close out their season strong in the weeks ahead.

2/12/24 – Boys Varsity Basketball @ Portsmouth Abbey

Mariners Suffer Tough Loss to Fellow RI NEPSAC Class C Ravens

ROCKY HILL – 60, PORTSMOUTH ABBEY – 72

On Monday night, Rocky Hill traveled to Portsmouth Abbey looking to win an in state matchup. The Mariners started out the game slow, struggling to get stops on the defensive side of the ball, allowing Portsmouth Abbey to get to the rim at ease. Towards the end of the half, the Mariners made a run to bring the game close with the help of Justin Urey ’27 (Providence, RI) and Elijah McNair’s ’27 (East Providence, RI) offense.

Coming out of the half the Mariners made an adjustment and went zone on defense. This helped Rocky Hills defense in the second half, keeping them in striking distance for the remainder of the game. Omar Grullon ’25 (Warwick, RI) and AJ Shepard’s ’26 (Providence, RI) efforts on the defensive end instilled energy for the Mariners in the second half.

Down the stretch of this game, Portsmouth Abbey executed on some huge offensive possessions, hitting big threes to keep the lead. Rocky Hill didn’t have enough offensively to steal this win on the road, resulting in a tough loss. The Mariners look to get back in the win column against Kingswood Oxford on Thursday night.

2/17/24 – Girls Varsity Basketball @ Marianapolis

Photo Credit PJ Thibodeau

Mariners Compete Early but Fall to Deep Golden Knights Team

ROCKY HILL – 38, MARIANAPOLIS – 71

When the schedule is made and you take a look at all of your opponents you usually know where the toughest games lie on your schedule. For our Rocky Hill Mariners, this was clearly going to be one of them and it was intentionally placed at the end of the season so that we could prepare for the toughness needed in a playoff run.

The game started off well as we jumped out to a 5-3 lead off of two early buckets by Aliona Nikulina ‘27 (Kyiv, Ukraine) before turnovers started getting the best of us. Marianapolis took advantage with crisp passing and sharp shooting to go on a 19-4 run, making 4 3-pointers in a row, to close out the 1st quarter.

The 2nd quarter was more of the same as our opponents were shooting the lights out on their way to a 26-6 quarter which felt like one giant run. Meanwhile, we went 0 for 8 from deep and only 5 for 14 from inside the paint. We found ourselves down 15-48 at the half which was easily our biggest halftime deficit of the season.

The chance to quit was there but the best part of this game lay before us as we fought and clawed our way in a great 2nd half of basketball. Lily Sokol ‘26 (Middletown, RI) got going with 5 3rd quarter points while Addison Mahar ‘27 (Wakefield, RI) added 4 of her own. Our switch to a 1-3-1 zone defense slowed down their shooters and kept us motivated as we chipped 6 points off of the lead.

The 4th quarter was a story of shots not dropping as we gave the 6 points back to fall 38-71. Dariia Serednytska ‘27 (Odessa, Ukraine) finished the game with 14 rebounds, 5 points, 4 assists and 2 steals in a strong all-around effort and while we took a big L on the scoreboard there were plenty of positives to take from this one. Next up are the SENE playoffs which begin this Wednesday at home vs the Dublin School (3:15 tip).

2/15/24 – Girls Varsity Basketball Vs. Wheeler

Photo Credit Dawn Temple

Mariners Continue to Build Momentum into NEPSAC Tournament Contention with Victory Over Warriors

ROCKY HILL – 61, WHEELER – 46

With the NEPSAC playoffs looming, seeding became the top priority as our Rocky Hill Mariners faced a challenging matchup versus in-state rival and Class C opponent, Wheeler. The game would not be an easy one, despite already having a 48-36 victory at Wheeler earlier this season but the chance to earn the #1 seed in the upcoming tournament was basically on the line for us, having to win to keep that hope alive.

Also occurring in this game was the chance to celebrate our 2 Seniors, Mackenzie Carney ‘24 (East Greenwich, RI) and Ju’elle West ‘24 (Providence, RI) who have been 4 year Varsity players, dedicated to the school and the program that they represent! Each of these two young women are strong, resilient, intelligent and dedicated student athletes who have made this school proud!!! We are so appreciative of both of them for their dedication to themselves and our program!!!

The game was similar to the first matchup where a few small runs gave us a lead that never felt comfortable. Our team was playing great basketball in the opening frame, getting an assist on every made field goal in the 1st quarter, while pushing out to an 18-11 lead. Lily Sokol ‘26 (Middletown, RI) was active with 6 quick points but Addison Mahar ‘27 (Wakefield, RI) was a star in this one, especially in the opening half where she had 6 steals and 13 points to dictate the play of the game. The first half ended on 8 consecutive points from her and we went to the break leading 32-24.

7 different players scored in the 3rd quarter to help grow our confidence and a 14-4 run pushed us out to an 18 point at 46-28. Dariia Serednytska ‘27 (Odessa, Ukraine) was playing some point guard and focused defense to help calm things down and while it was looking like we were going to pull away, our opponents heated up from behind the arc. Coupled with some bad shot selection and missed layups, we suddenly found our lead cut in half on a 9-0 Wheeler run. It felt like we were hanging on. But Sophie Mahar ‘25 (Wakefield, RI) got going with a couple of big baskets early in the 4th quarter as her and her sister, Addie, handled Wheeler’s 2nd half pressure admirably. Both teams tightened up their defenses and we survived this one, winning 61-46.

The win puts our Mariners in contention for the top two seeds in the upcoming NEPSAC playoffs and with some success in the final week, we could be looking at the chance to play 2 home games before Super Sunday which would be a massive advantage for our team, considering how well we’ve played at home!!!

2/15/24 – MS Girls Basketball Vs. Round Robin (Wheeler & St Michaels Country Day)

Photo Credit Dawn Temple

Mariners Go 2-0 in Round Robin with Warriors and SMCD

RESULTS:
ROCKY HILL – 16, ST MICHAELS – 9
ST MICHAELS – 21, WHEELER – 2
WHEELER – 7, ROCKY HILL – 13

Our Middle School girls took to the court in their 3rd mini-tournament of the season, matched up in this one against St Michaels’s and Wheeler.

Our first group played great defense against a tall and talented opponent, showing improved awareness and positioning from prior games. Maddie Gustavel ’29 (North Kingstown, RI), Olivia Micklich ’29 (Saunderstown, RI) and Ava Blair ’29 (East Greenwich, RI) all had great moments denying St Michael’s in important moments while Emma Morrison ’28 (East Greenwich, RI) and Brenna Samponaro ’28 (Wakefield, RI) led the charge on offense while playing their normal, lockdown defense. It was a great 16-9 team win for the girls in this one.

Our second group came out with great energy and teamwork and also got the W, taking down Wheeler, 13-7. Ella Wearmouth ’29 (East Greenwich, RI) had a really big game with Everleigh Pascale ’30 (Newport, RI), Charlotte McGinn ’29 (Exeter, RI), Jordan Bradley ’30 (Wakefield, RI), Juliana Sardelli ’30 (Warwick, RI), Lucy Wilhelm ’29 (North Kingstown, RI), Serena Ya ’30 (Cranston, RI) all playing great defense! Multiple players showed up in the scorebook in this one and it was a great team win with energy and support everywhere!!!

We have an end of season middle school tournament next weekend for part of our group and the remaining players will wrap up the season in our “Blue vs White” game on February 27th. It’s been a great season so far with a 5-0-1 record and the girls have all improved so much!!

2/10/24 – Boys Varsity Basketball Vs. St. Andrew’s V

The Mariners Show Out in Final Regular Season Game Vs Saints

ROCKY HILL – 91, ST ANDREW’S – 44

Rocky Hill took on St Andrews on Friday night, looking to re establish their dominance at home. The Mariners started off the game playing their brand of basketball, getting stops on defense and getting out and running in transition. Rocky Hill built a large lead in the first half with big scoring performances from Omar Grullon ’25 (Warwick, RI) and Elijah McNair ’27 (East Providence, RI).

The Mariners continued to dominate in the second half, playing some of their best team basketball this season. Alex Lehouiller ’24 (Saunderstown, RI) and Zishonn Allen ’25 (Providence, RI) helped Rocky Hill extend their lead with great efforts on both ends of the floor.

Rocky Hill finished out the game with a comfortable lead, winning a big game at home. Rocky Hill looks to take on Portsmouth Abbey on Monday night.

2/9/24 – Girls Varsity Basketball @ Dana Hall

Mariners Are Resilient but Fall to Strong Class A Dragons

ROCKY HILL – 44, DANA HALL – 53

Rocky Hill faced their 3rd tough opponent of the week when we headed up to Wellesley, MA to face Class A’s, Dana Hall School.

The game started well on a great drive and kick from Aliona Nikulina ‘27 (Kyiv, Ukraine) to Lily Sokol ‘26 (Middletown, RI) for a corner 3-pointer, giving our Mariners a quick 3-2 lead. A lack of rhythm in the 1st half was the issue on offense and poor boxing out became a big issue on defense as we gave up 14 offensive rebounds that all led to points for the home team. We also couldn’t take advantage of the space in their extended 2×3 zone, going 2 for 16 from behind the arc while giving the ball away 14 times. We were led by Lily’s 10 points, and the 8 rebound/3 assist half from Dariia Serednytska ‘27 (Odessa, Ukraine), but it was a tough start for a team looking for some positive momentum and we trailed 20-40 at the break.

The 2nd half started with us in a full court press which instantly paid dividends. The pressure forced our opponents into a number of turnovers and we held them to just 4 points in the quarter. Unfortunately, our cold shooting continued and we could only close the deficit by 7 points, 31-44.

The last quarter was a back and forth affair and a late run led by Aliona and Sophie Mahar ‘25 (Wakefield, RI) saw us cut the gap to just 6 points, 42-48, with just a minute to go. But turnover again got the best of us and we wound up taking our 3rd loss in a row, 44-53.

Plenty to be positive about after overcoming such a big halftime hole but we’ve got to be more focused on a few vital things as we stand before the SENE and NEPSAC playoffs!

2/8/24 – Boys Varsity Basketball Vs. St. Thomas More P2

Mariners Lose Tough Battle to Strong Chancellor Prep 2 Team

ROCKY HILL – 52, ST THOMAS MORE P2 – 72

Rocky Hill took on St. Thomas More Prep at home on Thursday night. The Mariners started off the game trading baskets with St Thomas More. Rocky Hill struggled to get going from the 3 point line but Elijah McNair ’27 (East Providence, RI) and AJ Shepard’s ’26 (Providence, RI) inside scoring kept them in the game going into the half.

To start the second half the St Thomas More offense took over and built a comfortable lead scoring inside. The Mariners made some scoring runs in the second half with three pointers from Omar Grullon ’25 (Warwick, RI) but it wasn’t enough to get the win at home. The Mariners fell to St Thomas More in their first loss at home this season, they now look to get back on track against St Andrews.