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Kent keeps Northmen headed in right direction with 32-29 win

February 11, 2014

North Smithfield’s Samantha Kent, pictured here in an earlier game, led the Northmen to a 32-29 win over visiting Middletown on Tuesday night, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. (File photo by Ernest A. Brown)

NORTH SMITHFIELD – As is usually the case, the home team celebrating “Senior Night,” or their last tilt of the season on their own floor, opens slowly due to the emotion of the moment.

That’s what appeared to have happened to North Smithfield High while taking on stellar Division III-South foe Middletown on Tuesday evening.
The Northmen, who went into intermission trailing the Islanders, 21-14, got an earful from head coach Alisha Pirri, then put those words to use in the final half.

Pirri’s bunch outhustled Middletown during those final 16 points, outscoring Middletown 18-8, and left the Lovett Memorial Gymnasium with a satisfying, exciting 32-29 victory.

The visitors had entered the contest with a 6-1 mark in II-South, but North Smithfield – now 9-2 overall – remained undefeated in the North section at 9-0. The reasons: Sophomore Sam Kent posted a “double-double” with a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds, while senior co-captain Lexi Scalzo provided 10 points (nine via the trey) and three boards.

For full story and stats, see Wednesday's print edition of The Call.

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