Lady Mariners Get to 4-0 in League Play!
The girls varsity basketball team continues to find ways to beat league opponents. Hard non-league battles seem to have made them stronger and more confident.
“I wasn’t happy with how we started the game, we were sluggish and it showed in ever phase of the game. We didn’t have any tempo or flow on offense. In the second half the girls adjusted and played well, especially on the defensive end; we turned Eagle Hill over and managed some easy baskets in transition. We are best when we are getting lay-ups off of steals or run outs from a defensive rebound.”
Next week, the Mariners will face Macduffie.
After Slow Start, Mariners Take Control of League Game
Rocky Hill Girls Basketball continues their climb to the top of the SENE with a win over Providence Country Day. In a very defensive first half, both sides were forcing turnovers and running the tempo. After halftime, the Mariners responded with offensive dominance, creating several opportunities to drive inside and execute plays.
“PCD is a great team and is well-coached,” said Coach Tobey. “If it wasn’t for the first seven minutes of the second half when we scored several unanswered baskets, it could have been a totally different game.”
Two Win Week for Rocky Hill Girls Basketball
The Mariners traveled to the Williams School today for a SENE league match-up. It was a battle of the defenses in a tight contest that saw many changes in possession. Freshmen Charlotte Boss, Kaeley Zito, and Paige Johnson all logged major minutes and have been gelling nicely.
“I’m happy with this week, coming off of break; 2-0 to start 2019! We need to learn to play with consistency in the areas we can control; we struggle with mental lapses sometimes but we are learning to re-group quickly as we continue to grow as a team,” commented Coach Tobey.
Mariners Welcome New Year with Big Win
Girls Varsity Basketball took to the road in their first competition back from winter break. They faced a tough adversary in Barrington Christian Academy, but after a slow first half, went on a tear. Senior Aviva Beringhause played well in the paint, asserting her authority over rebounds and loose balls.
“The girls brought a lot of energy on defense. With the long layoff since our last game I wasn’t sure how we would respond to competition but the girls picked up right where they left off! I couldn’t be more proud of how we played as a team!” said Coach Tobey.
Rocky Hill heads to Williams on Friday for a SENE matchup.
Tough Week for Mariners as Putnam Science Took Home the Win
- Putnam Science Academy 67, RHS 26
In their second game in three days against out-of-conference upper-level opponents, Rocky Hill Girls Basketball fell to Putnam Science Academy. Freshmen Kaeley Zito and Paige Johnson stood out as playmakers in a physical match-up.
“This was the second game this week that we played an upper level opponent. We had a meeting this week about mental toughness and set some goals for our season. It was nice to see the girls compete for 32 minutes, we didn’t win the game but there was no quit in our approach the the game. The second half was a milestone for our team, they showed resiliency and gave 100% effort. I’m proud of where we are as a team right now. We are ready to compete in the SENE and these two games prepared us for conference play,” said Coach Tobey.
Girls Varsity Basketball returns to action after winter break.
Mariners Can’t Keep Pace with Springfield Commonwealth Academy
In a tough road match-up with a Springfield Commonwealth Academy squad that included three Division-1 recruits, Rocky Hill Girls Basketball struggled to find their rhythm. Senior Johnette Williams continued to impress with her leadership but the team could not get into an offensive groove against the aggressive SCA defense.
“Tonight we played a great team. They were well coached, extremely athletic and provided us an upper level challenge,” commented Coach Tobey. “We did not respond as well as I would have liked but I told the girls that we need to be challenged and forced outside of our comfort zone if we wanted to improve. We learned a lot about ourselves and we grew despite the score of the game.”
Mariners Cruise to Conference Win Over Williams
- RHS 28, Williams 13
- Charlotte Boss was the leading scorer with 10 points, including a pair of 3’s
Coach Tobey and her squad continued their steak of strong games, posting a win over Williams on Wednesday. Playing in front of a packed gym, the Mariners locked down their opponents with tight defense and several forced turnovers.
“Tonight the girls did an exceptional job on the defensive end of the floor,” said Coach Tobey. “I challenged them to win the game on defense and they responded only giving up 2 points in the first half. Offensively we knew we would see zone and they executed beautifully with great spacing and ball movement!”
Rocky Hill returns to the court next week as they hit the road to take on SCA.
Rocky Hill Claims Second Place in Mariner Classic
- RHS 26, Fisher Island 22 in first game
- RHS 15, Capital Prep Harbor 32 in championship match
With a new coach and a new squad, Girls Varsity Basketball had a strong showing in their home tournament. In their first match up, they out-shot a competitive Fisher Island team. However in the championship game, they faced a talented Capital Prep Harbor with height and a deep bench. Kaeley Zito was the high scorer for Rocky Hill in each of the contests, with Johnette Williams playing strong in the center.
“This weekend was a great tune-up and we were able to see how we are coming along as a team,” commented Coach Tobey. “Against Fishers Island, our young players showed a lot of poise and maintained a lead throughout the game. In the Championship we competed well against an extremely athletic team. We gave a great defensive effort in the first half, in the second half, Capital Prep used their strengths and their size advantage showed in the rebounding column.”
The Mariners host Williams School on Wednesday.
Granby, MA – The Rocky Hill Girls Basketball program traveled Central Massachusetts to take on The MacDuffie School in the opening round of the SENE playoffs.
The Lady Mariners, who faced MacDuffie for the third time this season, were ready to compete early on. Despite MacDuffie scoring the opening field goal of the game, senior tri-captain Katlyn Conforti (Warwick, RI) converted two layups to give Rocky Hill a 4-3 advantage in the early stages of the game.
MacDuffie would score on some transition opportunities late in the first half and RHS managed only one more field goal to give MacDuffie a 22-6 advantage going into the half.
The second half saw the Lady Mariners more than double their point production as tri-captains, junior Ptolemy Tassone (Exeter, RI) and senior Andrea White (West Warwick, RI) scored 4 points and 8 points respectively. Freshmen Ella D’Arcy (Wakefield, RI) and Taylore Cote (Warwick, RI) converted at the foul line as well to cap the Rocky Hill scoring.
Despite the 50-21 loss, Rocky Hill (3-13 overall, 2-12 NEPSAC) head coach Bert DeSalvo was positive in the result. “They (MacDuffie) are a talented group but we cut our margin of defeat against them each time we faced them. I am really proud of this group. They competed and improved everyday.” DeSalvo added, “when officials and visiting parents compliment your team on their attitude, work ethic and sportsmanship, it means we have lots to build on for the future.”
The coaching staff also thanked the seniors for their hard work, dedication and efforts throughout the 2017-18 season.
East Greenwich, RI – The Rocky Hill Girls Basketball program fell in its final game of the regular season to The Dublin School (Dublin, NH) by a score of 42-18.
In the opening minutes of the game, both Dublin and Rocky Hill (3-12 overall, 2-11 NEPSAC) had problems converting on the offensive end as the game remained scoreless. Although Dublin scored the first bucket of the game, Rocky Hill then tied the game up 4-4 after an Aviva Beringhause (Providence, RI) putback.
Dublin continued to expand its lead, as Rocky Hill headed into halftime down 22-8.
Despite some hard nosed play by senior Katlyn Conforti (Warwick, RI), Ptolemy Tassone (Exeter, RI) and Taylor Cote (Warwick, RI) the Lady Mariners struggled to find their offensive rhythm. Tassone’s aggressive finish at the rim minutes into the 2nd half, cut the lead to 27-10 but the Lady Mariners would not get any closer.
Senior Andrea White (West Warwick, RI) once again led Rocky Hill with 7 points.
Before the game, seniors Andrea White, Katlyn Conforti and Katia Mendez were recognized for their contributions to the program throughout their tenure at RHS.
The RHS Athletic Department would like to thank the seniors and their families for their support and dedication throughout their careers.
Rocky Hill will venture to The MacDuffie School (Granby, MA) on Wednesday, February 21st at 5:30PM in the SENE playoffs.