Top seed Rogers knocks Tiverton girls from playoffs

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A promising season for the Tiverton girls basketball came to a close Tuesday when the Tigers were bounced from the Division II playoffs by Rogers in the first round game on the Rogers home court. Top seed Rogers put 16th seed Tiverton away in the second half to win 51-38. This ends Tiverton's season whereas Rogers moved on to play the winner of Prout vs. West Warwick on Saturday. The score was almost identical to the 50-38 loss to Moses Brown that closed Tiverton's season last year, also in the first round. After opening Tuesday's game on a 14-0 tear, Rogers was able to build on that lead in the early going. But the Tigers clawed back into the game and was able to go into the half-time break down 22-14. Tiverton managed a few runs in the second half, aided by their three-point shooting. At one point, the Tigers were able to close the deficit to  seven points, but in the end Rogers had too much talent for the Tigers to handle and finished the game going away. Senior Mariah Caldwell led Tiverton scorers with eight points.
The game was the last in Tiverton colors for  a strong senior class group: Sarah Wiston, Maya Bergandy, Samantha Welchman, Olivia Bergandy, Rachel Pimentel, Mariah Caldwell, Jacqueline Wilson, Emily Masse and captain Haley Higginbottom.
Reinforcements are apparently on the way, however. The junior varsity squad won the Division II junior varsity championships, going 18-0 in league and 22-0 overall.
Tiverton varsity ends its season with a 7-10 league record, 12-11 overall.
Scorers for Tiverton were:
Bergandy, Maya: 2 pts
Wilson, Jackie: 2 pts
Sando, Sam: 5 pts
Welchman, Sam: 6 pts
Higginbottom, Hayley: 5 pts
Pimental, Rachel: 2 pts
Caldwell, Mariah: 8 pts
Pacheco, Avery: 5 pts
Masse, Emily: 3 pts

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