EPHS girls' hoops wins again; Boys' hoops splits, hockey sweeps


BRISTOL — The East Providence High School girls' basketball team maintained its unbeaten record to date in Division II-East action after the Townies dispatched host Mt. Hope 51-36 Tuesday night, Jan. 8.

East Providence improved to 3-0 on the young league season and hosts likewise 3-0 Rogers Thursday night, Jan. 10, at 7 o'clock.

"It's going to be a tough game. Rogers is a good team," said EPHS head coach Mike Solitro. "They're big. They're quick. The (junior guard Josie) Chaves kid may be the best kid in the league."

Against the Huskies, the Townies regrouped after a slow start to build a 30-15 lead by intermission. Mt. Hope scored the first six points out of the break to trim its deficit to nine, before East Providence stemmed the tied and maintained its double-figure edge most of the rest of the way.

Taylor Wiggins had 17 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Townies. Mary Monagle added 11 steals. Thomeeka Speaks had 15 points and three steals. Lindsee Allienello chipped in seven points and dished out six assists.

E.P. was coming off a 41-6 victory over Central Falls. Speaks led the Townies with 11 points and six steals.

Boys' hoops

The EPHS boys' basketball team split its two Division I games so far this week, beating Woonsocket on Jan. 7 and losing to Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 9.

Charlie Brown had 21 points to pace the Townies to a 58-48 home win over Woonsocket. E.P. couldn't maintain a 12-point halftime lead in what turned out to be a 61-55 road loss to the Kilties. Brown and John Vaughan each had 14 to lead the locals. Jashaun Bennett had 13 and Alex Hurley 12. Joel Beckford paced Mt. Pleasant (4-2 in D-I) with a game-best 37 points. He drained six of his 10 3-pointers in the contest during the second-half rally.

East Providence saw its record move to 2-4 in the Division I-Central ranks. The Townies are home for St. Raphael Friday night, Jan. 10, at 7.


The East Providence High School hockey team kept pace with the leaders in Division III following a sweep of its league games last weekend.

Josh Letendre netted what proved the game-winning goal for the E.P. in its 3-1 victory over Narragansett. Troy Derrick scored twice for the Townies. E.P. followed up with an easy 8-2 win over Scituate.

The Townies improved to 6-2-1 in the D-III ranks. E.P. takes this weekend off, returning to action Saturday, Jan. 19, in West Warwick against Cranston East at 9:30 p.m.


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