Barrington girls, led by Nolan, top Portsmouth in basketball

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Caitlyn Nolan scored 18 points to lead all scorers in Barrington’s 53-43 win over Portsmouth on Wednesday night.

Her return to the hardwood after missing most of last season to a stress fracture in her foot has Barrington head coach Steve Lenz feeling optimistic about the Eagles’ chances this season. Nolan, a senior, is Barrington’s top scoring threat, said Lenz.

“We lost our scorer last year. She was averaging 20 points a game,” he said. “She only played in the first four league games,” last season.

Nolan’s return to the forward position will be bolstered, said Lenz, by returning starters Caroline Coleman (five points against Portsmouth) at point guard, Sarah Middleton (nine points against Portsmouth) at off-guard, Maura Kelty at forward (eight points against Portsmouth) and Maggie O’Hayer (four points) at center. Nolan, Coleman and O’Hayer, all seniors, are serving as team tri-captains this season. 

“I have my whole team back for the most part,” Lenz said. “I lost two seniors — Haley Tavares and Taylor Rideout ... I have some experience and I have a couple of freshmen who are now sophomores, so we’ve been able to develop some depth.”

Lenz said he also expected valuable minutes from underclassmen Gracie Restituyo, Kelly Thayer, Kim Hoyt and Kate Clancy.

“The depth ... that’s always a big thing against teams like LaSalle,” Lenz said.

The Barrington coach, who led the Eagles to a 20-5 record last year, said he anticipates tough competition from LaSalle Academy, Bay View, Westerly and Exeter-West Greenwich. Barrington, which competes in Division I Central, will play against Bay View twice during the regular season and face LaSalle, Westerly and Exeter-West Greenwich single times. The Eagles’ Division I Central foes also include Portsmouth, Cranston East and Cranston West.

The Eagles will travel to South Kingstown on Friday. Barrington has two home games next week — facing Woonsocket on Tuesday, Dec. 18 and Bay View on Thursday, Dec. 20. All these games will start at 7 p.m.

Coaches John West will be head coach of the junior varsity girls’ basketball team and assist Lenz with the varsity. Justine Boisvert also serves as a varsity assistant coach. Julie Ruggieri will serve as an assistant coach for the junior varsity team.

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