Red Raiders Overpower Host Whalers In Girls’ Basketball Encounter
By: Tom Moran Jr.
Home, Sweet, Home certainly doesn’t apply for New Bedford when the Barnstable High girls’ basketball team comes calling.
Last season, the Red Raiders opened their season against the Whalers and stunned the then-defending Division 1 state champs and it was like déjà vu all over again on Tuesday as the Whalers got trounced by their guests from Hyannis with the Barnstable girls bringing home the 48-18 victory.
With the one-sided win, the Red Raiders upped their record to 2-1.
The Whalers got harpooned by Barnstable’s hustling team defensive effort and were never able to get anything going offensively.
With Barnstable’s tenacious defense forcing numerous NB turnovers, the home team had no chance of keeping pace on the scoreboard as the Red Raiders ran out to a 25-67 halftime lead and never looked back.
Molly Bent again led the BHS offense, scoring 31 points along with coming up with seven rebounds, seven steals and three assists.
CeYanna Soares also put in a double-digit night in the Whaling City, firing in 10 points while frontcourt mate Colleen Kenney (two points, six rebounds) Hailey Johnson and Mia Crawley also got in on the BHS scoring.
Setting the tempo for the Red Raiders’ stifling defensive play were the efforts of guards Margot Rice and Stephanie Martin.
Bounced in Brockton
The Red Raiders fell behind in the first half and were not able to make up the deficit in the final 16 minutes of play, falling to host Brockton 56-49 in the City of Champions last Thursday.
Trailing 29-23 at the half, the Red Raiders kept it close but couldn’t pull off the knockout against the Boxers and saw their record even out at 1-1.
Bent paced the BHS offense, tossing in 28 points, and got some backup from Kenney, who came through with a 13-point, 11-rebound effort.
Bent also had four assists and six steals.
The Red Raiders got another high-intensity defensive effort from Martin who complemented her two-way effort with six points.
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