WESTERLY — South Kingstown used a strong man-to-man defense and the inside presence of Carley Fewlass to top Westerly, 46-29, in the junior varsity girls championship game of the WCCU Holiday Basketball Tournament Thursday.
The Rebels, who only had six players dressed for the game, led 16-15 at the half. Westerly led 8-6 early, but went about nine minutes without a point as SK took a 16-8 lead.
The Bulldogs closed the half with seven straight points including a 3-pointer by Anna Cozzolino.
But Fewlass, who did not play in the first half since she gets minutes for the varsity team, was a big factor in the second half.
She scored 10 points and came up with a number of rebounds particularly on the offensive end. Fewlass was named MVP of the tournament.
Westerly’s Miranda Carreiro hit a 16-footer with 7:52 left to cut the SK lead to six points, 28-22.
But the Rebels outscored the Bulldogs 10-2 over the next two minutes to push the lead to 14 points, 38-24, with 5:18 left.
Jane Carr and Lauren Farless both hit 3-pointers during the run for the Rebels. SK also used a full-court press and a man-to-man defense to force the Bulldogs into a number of turnovers.
Westerly stepped up its defensive pressure out of its 1-2-2 zone defense and scored the next five points including a driving layup and two free throws by Mackenzie Fusaro to make it 38-29 with 3:50 remaining.
But SK scored the final eight points of the game, four of them by Fewlass, to wrap up the title.
Carr led the Rebels in scoring with 14 points and points guard Claire Lidsky finished with eight.
Anna Cozzolino led Westerly with nine points and Kylee Marley had six.
Both teams had a tough time at the free throw line. SK was 3 of 13 and the Bulldogs were 4 of 13.
Fusaro and Cozzolino represented Westerly on the All-Tournament team. Lidsky made it for SK.
Stonington’s Zoe Ribeiro and Chariho’s Jess LeValley rounded out the team.
Stonington 59, Chariho 30
Ribeiro scored 15 points as Stonington pulled away from Chariho in the second half to take the consolation game.
Stonington led 24-14 at the half. Kate McNeil contributed eight points for the Bears and Tori LoPresto finished with eight including a pair of 3-pointers.
LaValley was the top scorer for Chariho with 17.
Emily Norberg made two 3-pointers and finished with eight points.