Scituate eyes another successful D-II season

Scituate eyes another successful D-II season

Scituate’s Madison Medbury, #22, shown driving past Bay View’s Kelsey Hottenstein, tossed in 11 points in last week’s non-league opener at the Spartans’ gym, but the Division I Bengals came away with a 52-42 victory over the D-II Spartans. (Breeze photos by Kayla Panu)
Girls’ basketball team opens league schedule with easy win over EWG

NORTH SCITUATE – A year after posting a 16-2 regular-season mark and reaching the Division II finals, only to come up short in its title game with Johnston, the Scituate High girls’ basketball team is hoping to put together another excellent season and make another deep run in the playoffs.

Last Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Spartans gave their fans a sneak preview of this year’s team when they hosted Bay View Academy in their non-league opener. The Spartans showed a little rust in the opening half, but battled back in the second before coming up short to the D-I Bengals, 52-42.

“It’s always nice playing a D-I team (because) they are really going to push us,” Scituate head coach Rick Cabral said. “Bay View has a great team. We came out a little rusty, but we definitely dug down and got back in the game. Overall, I’m pleased. We’ve got some work to do, but I’m pleased.”

The D-II season eventually started on Monday, as the Spartans went down to Exeter/West Greenwich for their opener and bused home with an easy 65-25 victory.

Last year was Cabral’s first as Scituate’s head coach, and the Spartans enjoyed their best season in several years and earned the fifth seed in the Open Tournament. They defeated D-I East Providence in the first round, 41-39, but lost to another D-I team, eventual state finalist Barrington, in the quarterfinals.

Scituate lost three players to graduation, but returned a good core of experienced players. Cabral said that his team has a good balance of players with three seniors, four juniors, six sophomores, and a good incoming freshmen class.

The team will rotate captains from game to game, Cabral said, but the leadership should come from the Spartans’ seniors, forward Taylor Parker and guards Kristi Ferrucci and Valerie Zammarelli.

Starting last week’s game against Bay View were juniors Leah Bessette, Alexia Parker, and Madison Medbury, sophomore Rachel Oster, and Parker, but Cabral said it’s all about matchups and who has the hot hand as to who will start. He said they have a pretty deep bench, so they can be flexible.

Shots weren’t always falling for the Spartans in last week’s game, but being their opener, they were just trying to get plays in order, as well as their defense. The Bengals broke out to a 9-1 lead and stayed out in front, but the Spartans made a game of it in the second half and cut their deficit to as low as 46-42.

Oster and Medbury each scored 11 points to guide the Spartans offensively. Parker put up eight points, while Ferrucci had six.

“I thought Leah Bessette played really well and Rachel Oster had a great game as well,” added Cabral. “I think it’s going to be somebody different every night. We have that kind of team.”

Cabral said that the division is going to be a tough one again this year with a lot of strong teams, but their end goal is to get back to the D-II finals and have a better outcome.

“We’re excited about the season,” added Cabral, whose team will host Juanita Sanchez tonight at 7 p.m. “I think we’re going to be very competitive and should do just fine. We want to have a good season, work hard, and hopefully be where we want to be at the end, back in the championship.”

Rachel Oster, #5, also had 11 points against Bay View.