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Westerly boys, girls take first in tournament


WESTERLY — One superior quarter proved the difference in the boys’ championship game of the Westerly Middle School Holiday Tournament on Friday afternoon.

Westerly outscored Chariho 22-10 in the second quarter and went on to beat the Chargers 75-66.

Westerly made it a sweep when the girls won their final, 49-44 against Mystic.

Seven players scored for the Bulldogs in the second quarter of the boys’ final, which began with Chariho in front 11-10.

Kyle Wicklund scored six of the 22 points and made one of the team’s three 3-pointers in the period.

Taber Gates had a strong second half for the Bulldogs. Gates finished with 25 points and made the five-player all-tournament team. He scored 18 of his points after halftime.

Gates had 11 points in a furious fourth quarter, which saw each team score 27 points. Gates went 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the period.

Wicklund finished with 15 points and also made the all-tournament team.

David Tiedemann scored 18 points for the Bulldogs, knocking down four 3s.

Benn Tripp contributed seven points for Westerly.

Dan LaBelle led Chariho with 23 points and was named to the all-tournament squad. He made seven field goals including one 3-pointer and went 8 of 10 from the foul line.

Tommy Longolucco scored 11 points for Chariho and Ryan Pater had 10, all of them coming in the fourth quarter.

Jaylyn Champlin scored eight for the Chargers.

BOYS’ CONSOLATION

Mystic ............................52

Wheeler ..........................51

Parker Foss and Ben Dellacano scored 20 points apiece for Mystic, which came from behind to win the consolation game.

Foss was named to the five-player all-tournament team, along with Wheeler’s Carter Ward.

Ward led all scorers with 31 points.

Mystic led 18-11 after the first quarter. But Wheeler came back to move in front 29-28 at halftime and led 45-38 after three quarters.

Mystic outscored Wheeler 16-7 in the fourth period Dellacano scored seven points in the quarter and Foss had five.

Josh Georgetti scored seven points for Mystic.

Ward made 13 field goals and went 6 of 10 from the free-throw line.

Ryan Condon and Ken Turner scored eight points for Wheeler.

GIRLS’ FINAL

Westerly .........................49

Mystic ............................44

Westerly outscored Mystic 21-11 in the first quarter of the girls’ championship game and maintained the upper hand.

Forward Gabriella Celico scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the first quarter.

Celico was named to the five-player all-tournament team along with teammate Kate Brouillette, Mystic’s Cora Sawyer, Wheeler’s Nicki Collins and Chariho’s Allison Perry.

Mystic outscored Westerly 11-7 in the second quarter to close the gap to 28-22 at halftime. Westerly led 41-34 after three periods.

Lauren Dobson scored 14 points for Westerly, 10 of them in the second half.

Kate Johnson led Mystic with 11 points. Noelle Thomas scored nine and Ainsley Johnstone had eight.

GIRLS’ CONSOLATION

Wheeler ..........................32

Chariho ..........................25

Wheeler outscored Chariho 22-14 in the second half to finish third in the four-team tournament.

Nicki Collins scored 10 of her game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter, which saw the Lions outscore the Chargers 14-8.

Emma Morgan scored 11 points for Wheeler.

Justine Rios led Chariho with seven points. Cailtin O’Leary and Meaghan Warner scored four.



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