BURRILLVILLE --- After suffering its two most lopsided losses of the year late last week, Burrillville got back on track in a big way on Monday night in its Division II-North matchup against Tolman at the Broncodome.
Sophomore forward Victoria Libby overcame a bloody nose she suffered at the start of the second half to pour in 11 points, contribute 12 rebounds and four steals, and help the Broncos produce a foul-plagued 52-43 victory.
The Broncos, who entered this week as one of four teams in the division with three defeats, improve to 5-3 (6-4 overall) and remain tied for fourth place in the standings with Johnston.
The win also erased the sting from a very tough week for the Broncos, who lost by 15 to the Panthers last Wednesday after an eight-day layoff, and two nights later, absorbed a 25-point loss at home to unbeaten Moses Brown.
“This was a big win,” offered Burrillville coach Lindsay Rachlow. “We have two more games this week, so we want to finish the week strong and move closer to second place. The girls played hard and we got a good team effort from everybody.”
The Tigers, meanwhile, fell to 2-7 as they received the bulk of their scoring from senior Danai Porter (game-high 18 points) and junior Brittany Bilodeau (14). Sophomore Francheska Kelly also tore down 10 rebounds, and Porter added four steals.
This contest was far from the Broncos’ or Tigers’ finest performances of the season. Not only did both teams combine for 50 turnovers (26 by the Tigers), but they teamed up to commit 44 fouls (23 by Tolman, which also had three players foul out of the game).
This game was also a back-and-forth affair until the Broncos used a 10-0 run midway through the first half and a 12-3 run to close the half to compile a 32-19 command at the break. Emma Lapierre and Libby each scored eight points and played tough on the glass to give the hosts their large lead.
The Tigers managed to cut their deficit to as low as nine on four occasions in the second half, but they came no closer.
Burrillville junior Ashley Spear was the only other player to score in double digits, as she tossed in 11 points to share team-high honors with Libby. The Broncos also had two other players rip down more than 10 boards, Lapierre (10) and Liz Diohep (11), and Danielle Dumais record four steals.
Both the Broncos and Tigers return to action tomorrow at 7 p.m. with games on the road against teams they knocked off by 20 points earlier in the season. Burrillville visits neighboring Mount St. Charles and Tolman heads to Mount Pleasant.
TOLMAN (43): Sara Summerly 0 0-0 0, Brittany Bilodeau 3 7-12 14, Danai Porter 6 5-7 18, Ariana Wood 1 1-2 3, Jazmine Almeida 1 2-4 4, Brieana McKinley 0 0-0 0, Francheska Kelly 1 2-2 4, Shelby Hofknecht 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 17-27 43.
BURRILLVILLE (52): Danielle Dumais 2 0-2 5, Liz Diohep 1 0-0 2, Alyssa Lemire 3 2-4 8, Victoria Libby 5 1-6 11, Emma Lapierre 4 0-0 8, Samantha Liberty 0 2-3 3, Ashley Spear 3 5-13 11, Betsy Dumais 0 0-0 0, Shannon Murphy 1 0-0 2, Vanessa Fulham 0 1-4 1, Catherine Keable 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 11-32 52.
Halftime: Burrillville, 32-19. Three-point field goals: Tolman 2 (Bilodeau, Porter), Burrillville 1 (D. Dumais).