WOONSOCKET â There is always plenty that can be learned from a loss.
Coming off a 15-point setback to East Providence just a few days earlier, Woonsocket used its added knowledge from that contest to its advantage on Friday night and earned a decisive 54-31 victory over a young Lincoln squad at Savaria Gymnasium.
Kailey Fugere, who was out with the flu in the Novansâ 54-39 loss to the Townies back on Tuesday, was back in the lineup. Still not 100 percent, Fugere finished with an all-around strong game for the Novans with 26 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks.
After the game, Woonsocket coach George Coderre admitted his squadâs defeat to E.P. was certainly on their minds.
âI think playing without Kailey against East Providence made everyone realize that they have to step up a little bit more and accept responsibility,â Coderre said. âI think they carried that mindset over today.â
Woonsocket, which evened its record in Division I to 4-4, manufactured a solid tream effort over the Lions. Senior Michelle Brayboy netted 13 points along with seven assists and four steals, senior Caitlyn Marcoux had seven points and six rebounds and senior Allyson Cartier had 10 rebounds.
The Lions, a team that fielded three sophomores in last nightâs tilt, held an early 9-5 lead. But thatâs when it all ended. Woonsocket held the Lions scoreless for the next 10 minutes while rattling off 20 unanswered points and it was never close from there.
The Villa Novans scored everywhere possible with long jumpers, free throws and hard moves to the basket. Fugere had 11 of her points during the streak.
âWhat I think was the big factor in the game is Lincoln came out and was so scrappy, going after every loose ball and double-teaming every rebound. They forced our girls to play more aggressive,â Coderre said. âI want to give Lincoln a lot of credit. Even if they had trouble scoring, they did a really good job of playing the game the right way. It forced our girls to recognize that and match that intensity, and I am pleased that we did.â
First-year Lincoln coach Andrew Hallam felt his team inexperience was the difference, particularly in the first half. The Lions ( 2-4 in the division) trailed by a score of 30-12 at halftime.
âWe are hurt. We are banged up. Weâre young team learning,â Hallam said. âIntensity, recovery and toughness are our goals and we have to live to them if we want to continue to improve everyday.â
Coderre was not surprised with Fugereâs effort. She had 18 of her points by the break.
âKailey was Kailey,â he said. âShe does the things that we need her to do. Sheâs still not 100 percent, but she gave it everything she had.â
Lincoln, which dropped its fourth consecutive league game, will have another tough task in its next encounter. The Lions travel to second-place Barrington on Wednesday.
âWe pride ourselves that we try to get better every day,â Hallam said.
Woonsocket will also be on the road for its next contest, a date with North Providence on Wednesday.
âI think we are starting to play more comfortably and with more confidence,â Coderre said. âWe are working hard defensively and trying to get more contributions from more people. I think a couple of girls who played well the other night struggled a little tonight and then came back and played well. Thatâs important. When young players struggle, you want to see them rebound in the same game. Thatâs a sign of growth. I like the way we are headed right now. â
LINCOLN (31) â Cassandra Anter 3 0-0 6, Casie Beauchemin 1 2-6 4, Emily Bouthillette 1 1-4 3, McKenzie Cavanaugh 1 2-8 4, Jenna Desautel 1 3-4 5, Kellyn Dyer 1 0-0 3, Emma Hart 3 0-1 6. Totals â 11 8-23 31
WOONSOCKET (54) â Kailey Fugere 10 6-9 26, Allyson Cartier 1 0-0 2, Amanda Sloan 1 0-0 2, Caitlyn Marcoux 3 1-2 7, Michelle Brayboy 5 0-0 13, Shade Olowookere 1 2-4 4, Paige Houle 0 0-2 0. Totals â 18 9-17 54
Halftime â W, 30-12. 3-point goals â W (3): Brayboy 3. L (1): Dyer.