WEST GREENWICH — Westerly High used a solid defensive performance and the all-around play of Maddy McLaughlin to close the regular season with a 41-25 girls’ basketball victory against Exeter-West Greenwich Tuesday night.
Westerly (11-12, 9-9 Division I-South) used its half-court, man-to-man defense to limit the Scarlet Knights (2-15, 2-13 Division I-South to just six points in the first half.
“I thought we played really good defense,” Westerly coach Holly Misto said. “In the beginning of the second half, we were a little out of control on both the offensive and defensive end. We gave up some offensive rebounds and they scored eight points in a two-minute span. They hit a 3 late in the game. Other than that our defense was good.”
McLaughlin finished with 15 points, four rebounds, eight assists and seven steals. She made one 3-pointer.
Alyssa Valentini contributed six points and five rebounds. Izzy Carey also had five rebounds and Julianna Morrone added five points.
“We need to do a better job of boxing out,” Misto said. “We have been giving up too many offensive rebounds.”
Westerly will not find out its playoff opponent until a Saturday meeting. But a game against rival Chariho in the opener is a good possibility. The Chargers still have second place South Kingstown remaining on their schedule.
North Kingstown 65, Chariho 20
NORTH KINGSTOWN — North Kingstown limited Chariho High to six points in the second half and wrapped up the Division I-South title with a victory against the Chargers Tuesday night.
NK (20-2, 15-2 Division I-South) led 32-14 at the half.
Taylor Buckley, last year’s Gatorade player of the year when she played at Exeter-West Greenwich, finished with 20 for the Skippers. Abby Cuddy led Chariho (9-12, 7-10 Division I-South) with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
“They are definitely one of the top teams in the state,” Chariho coach Arianna Dolock said. They outsized us and their post players combiined for 31 points. We didn’t have enough to contest with that.
Chariho hosts South Kingstown, which finished second in Division I-South, in the regular-season finale on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Chargers could possibly travel to Westerly for a first-round matchup in the Division I playoffs. Westerly has beaten the Chargers twice this season.
Dolock said it appears the Bulldogs will finish as the No. 7 seed and the Chargers will be 10th.
“I definitely want that,” Chariho coach Arianna Dolock said. “We are ready to get back at them. We definitely feel we match up better with them this year.”
Westerly has beaten the Chargers twice this season and 13 straight times. The last Chariho victory was in February 2009, 63-57.
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