The fourth-seeded Quakers improved to 15-2 in league games and advance to the playoff quarterfinals Sunday afternoon, March 3, at Rhode Island College. For the 13th-seeded Townies, their winter came to a close with a 9-10 mark in D-II outings, 11-13 overall.
Wednesday, East Providence shot just 19.7 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers against Moses Brown’s extended 3-2 pressure defense.
Neither team started off the game particularly well offensively, combining for just 10 points through the first eight minutes of the contest. The Quakers were first to find the range, building an 18-12 lead before the Townies rallied to net the final six points of the period and tie the score at intermission.
Out the break, East Providence went stone cold while Moses Brown scored 11 in a row to retake the lead, this time for keeps, at 29-18. The Quakers’ edged reached as large as 15 before the Townies sliced their deficit to five with about three minutes to go.
Moses Brown, however, weathered the storm by making some free throws and finishing off breaks of E.P.’s extended pressure.
“Offensively we struggled a little bit to take care of the basketball and we also got some good looks we didn’t capitalize on. Defensively we missed some assignments we had prepared for the last few days in practice,” EPHS head coach Mike Solitro said.
“But regardless of what we did on defense, you’re not going to win many games shooting 19.7 percent from the floor and turning the ball over 21 times,” he added.
Seniors Mary Monagle and Lindsee Allienello shared team-high scoring honors for the Townies with nine points apiece. Classmates Taylor Wiggins and Brittany Crosby chipped in six each. Abby Schreiber scored a game-best 15 points to lead the Quakers., Ellle Vernerey added 10 while Ogechi Ezemma scored eight and grabbed 15 rebounds.
“It’s always tough to lose games,” Coach Solitro said, “but I’m really happy with the progress the team made from Day 1 to now. They did well to finish the regular season at .500 (9-9). Unfortunately we just didn’t do the things we needed to do to win tonight.”