Barrington High School girls’ basketball defeats Prout, 53-39

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The Barrington High School girls’ basketball team finished 2-0 in the annual Barrington Boosters Holiday Tournament after defeating Prout 53-39 Friday night.

Head coach Stephen Lenz said the game was a tight, hard fought battle that was knotted at 24 heading into halftime. Lenz said Barrington pulled away on a 10-2 run about 10 minutes into the second half after the team switched from a zone press defense to a man-to-man full court press.

“That gave them a hard time and it helped us out with the run,” said Lenz, who added Prout is a tough, physical team with players that pride themselves on defense and rebounding.

“In the first half we didn’t come ready to play physical but in the second half we did and that was the difference,” he said.

Sophomore guard Sarah Middleton was a leading contributor for the Eagles. One night after posting a career high 18 points in a victory of East Providence, Middleton put up nine points and 10 rebounds against Prout. She was recognized with a spot on the all tournament team for her efforts.

Senior forward Maggie O’Hayer added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Barrington. She was recognized as the tournament’s most valuable player.

Overall, Lenz said the victory was a “great team effort” and while it may not have been the Eagles’ best night of basketball, the players stepped up in the second half to finish with a great defensive effort that limited Prout to less than 40 points.

The Eagles will finish December with a perfect 7-0 overall record and a 4-0 D-I standing.

The weeks ahead, however, look to be some of the toughest this season. Barringotn travels to Chariho on Wednesday, Jan. 2 followed by a home game against Cumberland on Friday. The Eagles host Holy Name, of Worcester the week after in a non-league match followed by games with Exeter-West Greenwich, which bounced Barrington from the playoffs last year, and LaSalle Academy.

“We’re going into the heart of our scheduled,” Lenz said.

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