2/17/24 – Girls Varsity Basketball @ Marianapolis

Photo Credit PJ Thibodeau

Mariners Compete Early but Fall to Deep Golden Knights Team


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).