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!!!