Lady Canalmen Drop Decision To D-R
By: Dan Crowley
The Lady Canalmen let the game get away in the opening quarter Tuesday night as Dighton-Rehoboth ran away with a 62-41 victory.
“They shot lights-out,” Coach Karl Armstrong said of the visiting Falcons. “They have some height, and we don’t shoot that well from the perimeter. We don’t have a post player and we weren’t getting a lot of good looks.”
D-R raced to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter with two three-pointers and steady shooting from the floor. Ryann Chase did a nice job working around the D-R defense taking a pass from Alison O’Kane inside for a lay-up and stealing the ball in the defensive end and racing the length of the court for two points.
Caitlin Gilley was in the thick of the fight underneath the basket hitting a couple of first-quarter jumpers and Lindsay Rice pulled down three rebounds.
In the second quarter D-R put six more points on the scoreboard before Chase took a pass from Gilley down low for two. D-R answered with four more before Kayleigh Dube found Chase underneath for two, but the deficit had grown to 14 points.
The Falcons controlled the boards and tightened up their defense in the final 3:35 of the opening half as they outscored Bourne 8-0 to take a 35-13 lead at halftime.
Bourne did not have an answered for D-R’s height, In the first half, two of the three Falcon big girls accounted for 20 points, with Robyn Catarius scoring 11 and Miranda Garcia hitting nine.
D-R clamped down on defense in the second half and ran the floor well in transition, which broke the Bourne press. Hannah Gasper hit a jumper and Chase drove to the basket, matching D-R’s early output. O’Kane hit the first of her three 3-pointers with 3:45 left in the third quarter and Chase hit for two more. Chase competed a pretty three-point play in the final two minutes of the quarter when Gilley grabbed a rebound and launched a fast break that Chase hit, drawing a foul.
The Falcons pulled ahead by 27 points midway through the final quarter. Dube came up with a steal that she took end-to-end for two points, and O’Kane banged out two more three-pointers. Amanda Wright came off the bench and went to the hoop off a feed from Gilley and with 53 seconds remaining Gilley fired a jumper off a pass from O’Kane.
“Ryann Chase played a nice game, but she kept running into their big girls,” Armstrong added. “We were trying to force the ball into tight spots and were struggling a little bit. When we don’t get open shots we’re at a disadvantage.”
Chase led all scorers with 19 points, O’Kane ended the night with nine points and Gilley had six. Gilley also had six rebounds.
Tab Cardeiro hit a career-high 19 points for Falmouth Saturday night as the Clippers dealt Bourne a 47-40 loss.
“We came out flat,” Armstong said of his team. “It is a matter of us staying focused. We missed 20 lay-ups.”
Chase led Bourne with 15 points.
The Lady Canalmen claimed an important South Coast Conference victory Friday with a 65-51 victory over Seekonk. A solid night off the boards for Bourne and strong all-around shooting paced the win. Gilley and Rice each finished with 16 points and Chase added 13.
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