WOONSOCKET -- To head coach Tom Pereira, something was clearly missing in the first seven games of the season for the Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op team.
That “someone” was prized transfer Samantha Wellington, who made her season debut Friday against ironically her former club, Mount St. Charles. Though the sophomore did not create a ripple on the scorer’s sheet, she impacted the game in other areas in helping the Lions top the Mounties, 5-3, at Adelard Arena.
PROVIDENCE – As Providence’s win over Butler earlier in the week illustrated, dishing out minutes is no exact science.
Coaches like Ed Cooley have to consider every factor when concocting a game plan for that day’s opposition. The toughest decisions don’t always boil down to playing zone or man-to-man on defense. There is one consideration that carries prime importance: Ultimately, you play the guys who provide the best chance to win.
PAWTUCKET – Tolman High “executed” Shea High on Friday night, breaking open a close game with a 12-0 run to start the second half. The Tigers, behind 22 points from Steve Otis, rolled to a 69-54 victory over their crosstown rivals.
“We executed our offense in the second half,” Tolman coach Mike Kayata admitted. “It started with our defense. We played good ‘D’ in the first half and then made some stops and some steals that started our offense after that.”
LINCOLN – It’s still early in the Division II dual-meet slate, so Lincoln High senior tri-captain Nicole Moneghan isn’t as concerned with her times as she was during her underclassmen years.
Instead, as she’s building toward what she hopes is a premier individual showing at the Rhode Island State Championships in late February, she’s concentrating more on the development of some of the Lions’ younger aquawomen.
The simplistic reason: Moneghan wants to see her school claim a long-awaited state crown.
PAWTUCKET – Joining manager Kevin Boles and coach Bruce Crabbe on the 2015 PawSox coaching staff will be a pair of newcomers, hitting coach Rich Gedman and pitching coach Bob Kipper, the team announced Thursday.
Both men take over roles previously held by Dave Joppie and Rich Sauveur, respectively. Joppie will take over hitting-coach duties in Double-A Portland while Sauveur chose to pursue opportunities elsewhere after seven seasons overseeing the Pawtucket pitching staff.
WOONSOCKET – T.J. Ciolfi’s Villa Novans are quickly earning the reputation as a pick-your-poison team for opponents.
Do you run multiple defenders at 6-foot-5 senior Gary Lyles, who possesses a special blend of athleticism that’s hard for frontcourts to contend with? Or do you elect to concentrate on Elijah Vazquez, a shifty guard who seemingly possesses unlimited range?
CUMBERLAND – Prior to facing powerhouse Hendricken in a key Division I clash on Tuesday afternoon, Cumberland High senior tri-captain Jack Bauer explained he and his teammates were more than ready to try to claim an upset dual-meet victory.
“The only thing is,” he said, “Hendricken has a lot of depth. It can score a lot of points just taking seconds and thirds.”
CENTRAL FALLS – Steve Otis, averaging around 24 points per game for Tolman this season, had just two points during the first half of Monday night’s Division II game against Central Falls. No big deal. The Tigers led 33-26 at halftime, thanks to 10 points off the bench from Derek Ashley.
When Central Falls roared back in the second half to take a 54-53 lead with 3:30 left on the scoreboard clock, Otis stepped up to hit a big three-pointer and the Tigers hung on for a 62-60 victory that puts them at 3-0 in league play and 8-1 on the season.