Mt. Hope guard Elsa White knocked down 9 free throws in the fourth quarter to ice a 45-34 victory over Prout in front of a stacked crowd at the high school on Tuesday. White drained a 3-pointer and a …
Mt. Hope guard Elsa White knocked down 9 free throws in the fourth quarter to ice a 45-34 victory over Prout in front of a stacked crowd at the high school on Tuesday. White drained a 3-pointer and a jumper in the first half to lead the Huskies with 14 points. Mt. Hope celebrated their seniors Abby Razzino, Reyn Ferris, Lauren Clarke-Pais and Shivani Mehta The win improved Mt. Hope’s division record to 9-7 and 11-8 overall.
“The girls really wanted this one for the seniors,” said Huskies head coach Katie Kline.
The Huskies, Mired in a dog fight and down 24-25 at halftime, dominated the boards in the second half and worked the fast break to perfection. Senior center Reyn Ferris pulled down 10 rebounds and scored 12 points for a double-double. Freshman guard Lilly DaSilveira grabbed 8 rebounds and netted 11 points and sophomore forward Emily Moran pulled down 5 boards and added 3 points. The three rebounders consistently found their teammates, White and Maddy Butterworth, sprinting down the court for easy lay ups.
“We did a really good job rebounding today,” Coach Kline said. “We were able to push the ball and once we started looking for each other, that’s when we started getting the points.”
“We knew we had to pick it up the pace,” said Ferris after the game. “We have to shoot more as a team.”
In the middle of the fourth quarter with the Huskies up a point, White screamed up the court on a fast break and drew a foul. She sank one, but before she could shoot her second, Prout coach Scott Marques was called for a technical foul for arguing. White sank all three shots to put the Huskies up by five. Butterworth scored 4 fast break points in the final quarter and DaSilveira added 2.
We are going to work more as a team,” Ferris said. “We all can make an impact and we need everyone to be on their game to have a good game.”
Playoff run may prove difficult with out Razzino
The Huskies are currently in seventh place in the middle of Division II and should make the playoffs. The question is how far can they go without senior point guard Abby Razzino, who hurt her knee in the loss to Shea/Tolman last week. Razzino is likely out for the remainder of the season and it will be up to White, Shivani Mehta, DaSilveira and Butterworth to try to fill the position.
“Abby is definitely hard to replace,” said Coach Kline. “We have Elsa and Shivani that could step up into the point position.”
DaSilveira and Butterworth will play likely play shooting guard. Either way you look at it, With Razzino out, it leaves a gaping hole in the Huskies lineup.
“We are looking for points from all of them,” Coach Kline said. “Like a shared responsibility. Hopefully they can step up and fill the gaps that Abby is leaving.”
Mt. Hope hits the road to play their final two games of the season. They will travel to West Warwick on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. and host Smithfield on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
“I tell the team it’s a fresh start with playoffs,” said Coach Kline. “It’s anyone’s game.”