Season ends for Lady Cougars

Season ends for Lady Cougars

NORTH PROVIDENCE - It was the same matchup as a year ago, and unfortunately for the North Providence High School girls basketball team, the results were the same.

They lost in the first round of the Division II state playoffs to East Greenwich, 49-30 last week, ending their season.

"That tied the lowest point total that we've gotten all season," said coach Jerry Rubino. "We just could not put the ball in the basket."

A fast team, East Greenwich employed a full-court press throughout the game and it gave the Lady Cougars problems. Rubino said that during the season, many teams tried without success to press North Providence.

"We were pretty well drilled about how to break the press and several times during the season, teams actually started to press and we broke it and scored easy basket and they called it off," said Rubino. "But their quickness and our decision making resulted in problems."

The Lady Cougars were guilty of numerous turnovers, and they were only able to compile eight points in the first half as the home team built a 27-8 lead and were never threatened.

Kelsey Burgess popped in 11 points, and Ashley VanBemmelen, nine for North Providence to combine for 20 of the team's 30 points.

"We usually have a pretty balanced attack and set our goal at 50 points," said Rubino. "When you score 50 in a game and play defense, you should win. Our defense was fine, but we could not score."

Still it was a strong season for the North Providence girls, who will graduate five seniors, Katherine DeCorte, Gianna Gigliotti, Julianna Polcelli, Madison Jamack and Liza Minisce.

Rubino said all five seniors have been instrumental in the team's success this year, finishing 10-6 in league play, one game better than last season, and earning a playoff slot.

And the cupboard is not bare. The team's two leading scorers, Burgess and VanBemmelen, are scheduled to return along with backup center Tateana Marulanda, who saw extensive playing time this season, and backup point guard Olivia Capraro, who has already proven she can handle the position.

"There are several other girls from the Jayvee team, and maybe some coming up from the middle schools who can really help us next season," said Rubino. "It was a really good year and I could not be more proud of these kids."