WOONSOCKET â€“ So much for rebuilding.
Woonsocket continues to scoff at the notion of turning over a new leaf, the latest example coming Friday in a satisfying 48-36 win against Ponaganset at Savaria Gymnasium. The defending state champion Novans improve to 4-1 in Division I-North, 6-2 overall.
Asked if he envisioned this kind of start to the season given the amount of talent he lost through graduation, Woonsocket head coach George Coderre paused before answering, â€śWe have girls like Allyson Cartier and Amanda Sloan who continue to make progress. Allyson did a great in all aspects playing defense and Amanda continues to do an outstanding job. It starts there and Iâ€™m really pleased with the way they are progressing. If they continue to make that progress, then we have a chance to compete with most clubs.â€ť
The Villa Novans placed three players in double figures, led by 15 points and 13 rebounds from senior Ashley Dubois. Junior Kailey Fugere aided the cause with 14 points and nine rebounds while classmate Michelle Brayboy chipped in with 12 points and five assists.
Ponaganset, a club also relying heavily on fresh faces, received 15 points from freshman Chandler Williams while fellow ninth grader Rachel Tassoni finished with 11 points. The loss drops the Chieftains to 1-4 in league play.
Woonsocket set the tone defensively in the first half on its way to jumping out to a 28-18 lead at halftime. â€śWe really committed ourselves and did a nice job on the boards,â€ť commended Coderre. â€śWe just pick up when the other team gets over halfcourt, thatâ€™s our approach.â€ť
Only six girls logged minutes for the Novans, but Coderre believes help could be on the way sooner rather than later.
â€śObviously weâ€™re not very deep and our junior varsity is still very young and very inexperienced,â€ť said Coderre. â€śThere are a couple of kids on the JV who are starting to show that maybe we can include them and that theyâ€™re going to do the job. Thatâ€™s exciting.â€ť
PONAGANSET (36): Katharine Barnett 2 2-4 6, Marisa Harding 1 0-0 2, Ami Humphrey 0 0-2 0, Julie Keedy 0 0-2 0, Halley Martin 0 0-0 0, Lauren Morgan 1 0-0 2, Rachel Tassoni 4 0-0 11, Chandler Williams 4 7-8 15. Totals: 12 9-16 36.
WOONSOCKET (48): Michelle Brayboy 5 0-0 12, Allyson Cartier 0 3-4 3, Ahley Dubois 7 1-2 15, Kailey Fugere 5 4-4 14, Caitlyn Marcoux 1 0-0 2, Amanda Sloan 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19 8-10 48.
Halftime: W 28-18.
Three-point field goals: P 3 (Rachael Tassoni 3); W 2 (Michelle Brayboy 2).
JV: P 46-20.