Hendricken, North Kingstown, Rogers, Juanita Sanchez win Basketball Championships
Saturday, March 22, 2014
KINGSTON, RI-- After a 3 year hiatus, Hendricken is back on top in Rhode Island high school basketball.
The Hawks knocked off Central 50-35 Saturday night at the Ryan Center in the RIIL Boys’ Basketball State Championship Game.
Senior Forwards Garfield Coustard and William Parmlee scored 11 points each to lead a balanced Hendricken scoring attack. Central senior Guard Wayne McKinney led all scorers with 14 points, but Hendricken’s ability to dictate the tempo on both ends of the floor forced Central to play a style that didn’t suit their personnel.
It’s Hendricken’s first state championship since 2010, and the 8th title they’ve won with Jamal Gomes as head coach.
Sophomore Point Guard Elfreda Hoff scored a game-high 20 points as Juanita Sanchez won the RIIL Division 3 Girls’Basketball Champsionship Game earlier in the day, topping North Smithfield 59-27.
Freshman Center Willcia McBorrough added 14 points, and junior Guard D’Asia Allen chipped in 13 points for Juanita Sanchez.
North Smithfield was led by sophomore Forward Samantha Kent’s 12 points, but the Lady Cavaliers were simply too good on both ends of the floor.
As the defending Division 3 Champions, Juanita Sanchez entered the season as the team to beat. All the Lady Cavs did was finish unbeaten in league play and cruise through the playoffs to win a second consecutive championship.
Senior Point Guard Josie Chaves scored 26 points to lead Rogers over St. Raphael 55-32 for the RIIL Division 2 Girls’ Basketball Championship.
Both teams entered the game unbeaten, but Rogers proved to the the clear cream of the crop in Division 2.
Seniors Elizabeth Jackson and Brianne Morgera scored 12 points apiece for the Vikings as they completed the only undefeated season (league and non-league) in either Boys’ or Girls’ Basketball this season.
Senior Forward Taylor Buckley scored 22 points- including the game winner in the final seconds- and North Kingstown won the RIIL Division 1 Girls' Basketball State Championship Saturday at the Ryan Center.
It was a tough, physical game, and Barrington proved they belonged by hanging with the Skippers all evening long. Sarah Middleton, Maura Kelly, and Grecia Restituyo all stood out for the Eagles despite the hard-fought loss.
NK was able to grind out the win thanks to its senior leadership. Center Kristjana McCarthy was a prescense on both ends of the floor, and Guard Alexandra Barton fought through a painful foot injury to play in and win her final high school game.
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