Full Team Effort in Huge SENE Win for Boys Basketball
- RHS 103, Williams 22
- Tedrick Wilcox 18 points; Steven Lora 25 points
Every Mariner got in on the action on Friday in a huge league win over Williams School. Rocky Hill controlled the tempo of the game from the first whistle, forcing turnovers and creating offensive opportunities throughout the game. Notable contributions from the bench included BJ Jenkins with 15 points and 4 steals and Max Lehouiller grabbing 11 boards with 4 assists and 3 steals. Sophomore Dylan Lehouiller grabbed his first five points of the Varsity season.
“This is a great start to 2019 for our team,” said Coach Mahmoud. “Looking forward to continuing in league play.”
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.
Rocky Hill Boys Basketball Takes Second in 14th Annual Mariner Classic Tournament
- Broome Street Academy 73, RHS 60
- RHS 102, Springfield Commonwealth 75
The Mariners had mixed results in the 14th Annual Mariner Classic, dropping their first game to visiting Broome Street Academy (NY) and setting off an offensive explosion against Springfield Commonwealth. Though Rocky Hill struggled to get into a groove in their first game versus Broome Street, they still hustled and played a physical game.
Senior Tedrick Wilcox took All-Tournament honors for Rocky Hill School with a whopping 68 points on the weekend. Seniors Mo Danmola and Steven Lora shined against SCA and Sophomore BJ Jenkins stepped up as the Mariners’ primary ball-handler.
“We are going into winter break feeling pretty good,” said Coach Mahmoud. “We’ve played some tough teams that have exposed some weaknesses that we needed to correct before we get into our major NEPSAC games.”
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 Fall to Hyde in Pioneer Valley Tip Off Tournament
In a tough defensive match-up, Rocky Hill School fell to Hyde School, which is a NEPSAC Class C opponent. Senior Tedrick Wilcox put in a great effort, but ultimately it was not enough for the Mariners, who had faced a tough road game two days before.
“All of these early games are great learning experiences and exposure for our guys,” said Coach Mahmoud. “By the time the conference comes around, we will be ready for any opponent.”
Boys Basketball has a full week of practice before hosting their 14th Annual Mariner Classic Tournament next weekend.
Mariners Have Strong Showing Against Top Brewster Prep
- Brewster 97, RHS 63
- Steven Lora led RHS with 27 points
Rocky Hill School Boys Basketball took a long trip to visit Brewster Academy for the chance to play their Prep team, which is one of the top basketball programs in the country. Though they didn’t walk away with a win, they were able to compete at a high level. Steven Lora led the charge with 27 points including three 3pt shots, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Tedrick Wilcox added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Danmola and Hayes chipped in with 9 and 8 points, respectively.
“Overall, it was a valiant effort from the Mariners who worked until the very end, showing no fear against some of the nation’s best talent,” said Coach Mahmoud.
Rocky Hill heads to the Pioneer Valley Tip Off Tournament on Sunday.
Rocky Hill Displays Strength in St. Andrews Victory
- RHS 75, SAS 54
- Freshman Gavin Jenkins scored his first points as a Mariner
Boys Varsity Basketball added another in the win column in a SENE league match-up against St. Andrews School. The Mariners dominated possession and displayed a deep bench with deadly scoring potential. Seniors Steven Lora and Tedrick Wilcox combined for 31 points, with Kobe Polley adding 14 of his own.
“Despite a slow start, we got rolling,” said Coach Mahmoud. “Solid bench play helped ease the workload and allowed us to keep a consistent high velocity of pace of play.”
The Mariners face Brewster Academy on the road on Friday.
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.