East Providence High hoopsters fall, hockey splits

East Providence's Taylor Wiggins grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 19 points in loss to Johnston, Dec. 18. East Providence's Taylor Wiggins grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 19 points in loss to Johnston, Dec. 18.

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School boys’ basketball team fell to 0-2 on the young Division I season after the Townies suffered a 65-53 loss to host Coventry, Dec. 18.

East Providence’s Taylor Wiggins grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 19 points in loss to Johnston, Dec. 18.

The Knotty Oakers held a comfortable 34-21 lead at intermission as they improved to 3-0 in the I-South ranks. Alex Hurley and Charlie Brown each had 11 points to lead the Townies of I-Central. John Vaughan and Jashaun Bennett chipped in eight apiece. E.P. is home for South Kingstown, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

The EPHS girls’ basketball team ended its non-league preseason schedule with a 2-2 record following a 47-43 loss to visiting Johnston, Dec. 18.

The Townies used late pressure to take a 26-22 lead at the half, but the Panthers outscored the locals by 13 midway through the second half to turn an eight-point deficit into a five-point lead with about five minutes to go. Mary Monagle’s old-fashioned three-point play knotted the score with a minute left, but the Panthers regained the lead seconds later on a disputed 3-point jumper from the wing.

“You can’t miss as many layups and turn the ball over as much as we did (32 times) and expect to win,” EPHS head coach Mike Solitro said.

Taylor Wiggins led the locals with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Monagle added nine. Thomeeka Speaks chipped in seven points and seven steals.

The Townies were coming off a 58-38 win over Burrillville late last week. Mongale had 17 points and Wiggins 14.

E.P. opens its Division II-East regular season schedule Thursday night, Dec. 20, at home against Tolman at 7 o’clock.

The EPHS hockey team split its Division III games played last weekend. The Townies defeated Narragansett, 6-1, then lost to West Warwick/Exeter-West Greenwich, 5-4.

E.P. scored two first-period goals then added three more in the second stanza to take command of its outing against the Mariners. Josh Letendre and Ryan Costa opened up the scoring for the locals. Costa, Tyler Maxwell and Letendre scored in the second. Kevin Hall added the other goal in the third. Marc LaValley made 24 saves in the E.P. net.

Against the Wizards, the Townies couldn’t hold onto leads following the first two periods, allowing three third-period goals en route to the defeat. Troy Derrick scored twice for the locals. Hall and Jared Estrella had the other goals. Kyle Marquis had two assists. The Wizards out-shot the Townies, 30-19.

E.P. saw its record move to 2-2-0 in the league standings. The Townies play Tolman at Pawtucket’s Lynch Arena Friday night, Dec. 21, at 9:30. Saturday night, Dec. 22, E.P. plays Woonsocket at Mount’s Adelard Arena at 9 o’clock.

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