PROVIDENCE — For the Westerly High girls basketball team, it was a little bit of everything that proved detrimental in the Division II title game Sunday against Classical.
The Bulldogs didn't shoot well enough, gave up too many offensive rebounds and committed unnecessary turnovers. All of that was enough for the Purple to claim the championship, 48-39, at Rhode Island College.
"The rebounds killed us," said senior guard Lauren Dobson, who finished with 11 points. "They must have scored at least 10 of their points off second shots and we lost by nine points. That was really a big thing. We weren't shooting well, either.
"Overall, it was a tough game. We fought, but we didn't come out with a win."
Fellow senior Megan Albamonti, who scored 15 points and had 12 boards, agreed rebounding was key.
"We just needed to box out and rebound a lot more. If we had rebounded and boxed out a little better, it would have probably been the other way around," she said.
Second-seeded Westerly (17-7) was fortunate to only trail by two points, 21-19, at the half after shooting just 15.6 percent (5 of 32) in the first half.
Fourth-seeded Classical (19-4) scored the first six points of the second half, capped by an offensive rebound and putback by sophomore Jasmine DePina, to take a 27-19 lead.
But the Bulldogs came back to cut the lead to three, 27-24, on a Albamonti free throw.
Classical responded, and went up nine, 35-26 with 10:17 left.
But a steal and layup by Dobson and a three-point play by Albamonti left the Bulldogs down a point, 37-36, with 8:00 remaining.
Westerly had the opportunity to take the lead on its next five possessions, but failed to do so. Westerly turned it over three times, missed the front end of a one-and-one and failed to convert a basket in transition.
Classical's DePina, the game's most outstanding player, had a putback, fed Anita Hazziez for a basket and scored on an inside move to give the Purple a seven-point lead, 43-36, with 4:01 left.
Still, Westerly had a chance. Classical missed six straight free throws, but the Bulldogs could not convert on the other end.
Hazziez's putback with 1:56 left made it 47-39 and pretty much put the game out of reach.
Westerly managed just three points in the final eight minutes and went 1 for 5 at the line, including missing the front end of three one-and-ones during that time.
It seemed every big Classical basket was a putback.
"Putbacks hurt us even when we went to a zone," Westerly coach Sue Haik said. "The girls played hard; Classical played hard. We kept ourselves in the game, but you have to make some free throws. The ball didn't fall for us today if I look at the shooting chart."
Westerly shot better in the second half, making 7 of 27 attempts (25.9 percent) from the field. The Bulldogs finished 12 of 59 (20.3 percent) for the game.
"Sometimes shots just don't fall, and today happened to be one of the days when the outside shots didn't fall," Albamonti said. "It was a team effort. We held our own to the end."
DePina finished with 18 points, 11 in the second half, to lead Classical. Nina Karlin had eight, all in the first half.
Isis Hamelin scored five for the Bulldogs, and Alexa Beal contributed 10 rebounds.
Westerly defended well, but failed to get as many easy transition baskets as it did in the first two Division II playoff wins.
Westerly will next play in the state tournament. The sixth-seeded Bulldogs will face No. 11 Tolman at Johnston High on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
In the first game Sunday at the Murray Center, Tolman topped Pilgrim, 37-26, for the D-III title. In the nightcap, La Salle beat South Kingstown, 49-41, for the Division I crown. La Salle has won the title three times in the last four seasons.