East Providence plays Moses Brown in girls' hoops playoff opener
The 8-8 Townies, from Division II-East, play opposite the 14-2 Quakers, winners of the II-Central regular season crown, Wednesday night, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m.
"They play a nice 3-2 zone and they switch it up with a good man-to-man," EPHS head coach Mike Solitro said of the Quakers. "Their point guard (senior co-captain Abby Schreiber) is a really good player. Their other guard (senior co-captain Samuelle Vernerey) can shoot the ball. And they have a really good player in the post (sophomore forward Ogechi Ezemma).
"We're going to have to find a way to counter their zone and controlling tempo is going to big for us. We also have to box out and rebound because they're really good inside."
Sixteen teams qualify for the D-II playoffs. Winners of the opening round games advance to the quarterfinals next weekend at Rhode Island College in Providence.
The Townies enter their contest with Moses Brown as winners of their last two games, including their D-II finale Thursday night, Feb. 21. East Providence fended off visiting Tiverton, 46-40, to finish alone in second place in the II-East standings behind first-place Rogers. The unbeaten Vikings (16-0) are the overall playoff No. 1 seed.
The Townies sprinted to a 25-13 advantage at halftime against Tiverton. The Tigers, however, would not go away quietly as they chipped into E.P.'s lead throughout the second half, hitting one of their eight 3-pointers on the evening with under a minute to cut their deficit to just three.
Final-minute free throws from Brittany Crosby and Thomeeka Speaks helped the secure the win for the locals. Speaks, who along with Crosby were two of eight seniors honored during their final league home contest, finished 12 points. Classmate Taylor Wiggins topped the Townies with 21 points and 14 rebounds.