The Mt. Hope Girls Basketball team fell in their February opener Friday night, losing to the Narragansett Mariners, 59-30.
Junior captain Lauren Fletcher led the Huskies in scoring with 15, as Mt. Hope lost their first of four remaining home games in the regular season. The loss was the Huskies’ seventh at home this season.
The night began with a major loss for Mt. Hope, as senior captain Courtney Amaral suffered an ankle injury on the Huskies’ first possession, just 14 seconds into the contest. Amaral was helped off the court by training staff and would not return to the game.
Narragansett took an early lead 13 point lead, with Maggie Salomone scoring 10 points in the first eight minutes and 13 seconds before Mt. Hope called a timeout. Salomone would finish with 17 points on the night.
After being down by as many as 16 late in the first half, the Huskies cut the Mariner lead to just nine after a half court shot by Fletcher beat the buzzer and sent Mt. Hope into halftime with only a single digit deficit.
Narragansett then opened up the game in the second half, storming back to lead by 18 before Mt. Hope used their first timeout of the second half with 11:39 left in regulation. The Huskies would only score four more point on the night, while the Mariners would add 11 more points to finish the game.
Sophomore Rhys Webb was Mt. Hope’s second leading scorer behind Fletcher with five points, while junior captain Emma Pattie and sophomore Shae Raposa each had four. Junior Marissa Silva round out the Huskies scoring, adding two points.
Narragansett was led in scoring by Abby McKanna with 18, followed by Salomone’s 17, with Chelsea Sahagian rounding out the top three with 15 points of her own.
The loss drops Mt. Hope to 4-9 on the season, with a 3-6 league record. The Huskies currently sit in fourth place in Division II East. Narragansett improves to a 9-4 overall record, with an impressive 8-2 record in their division, holding onto the top place in Division II South.
Mt. Hope is off until Wednesday, in which they will travel to face The Prout School at 7 p.m. Narragansett next takes on Tolman High School at home Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.