NKHS basketball teams lose in quarterfinals
Despite a solid game by Jamestowner Owen Heath, the topseeded North Kingstown boys’ basketball team was upset by No. 9 Rogers (Newport) on Sunday, 54-46. Owen scored nine points, going a perfect 3-for-3 from long distance.
The Skippers went into halftime leading 26-25, but the Vikings proved to be too much in the second half. Evan Scott, the Skippers’ leading scorer during the regular season, was the only North Kingstown player to score in double digits. Evan made six field goals and was 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.
The Vikings were led by four players in double figures: Divon Bailey (15), Trevor Morgera and Reeyone Watts (11), and Marc Washington (10).
After earning a first-round bye, the Skippers defeated No. 17 Cumberland, the Division II North champs, 62-54 on Feb. 29. Rogers beat Shea 63-52 to earn their trip to the quarterfinals to face North Kingstown.
The Rhode Island Interscholastic
League boys’ basketball championship is now down to its final four. The semifinals will be played at the Ryan Center on Friday, March 9. No. 2 La Salle will play No. 14 Hope at 6 p.m., and No. 5 Central will battle Rogers at 8 p.m. The winners of the two games will face each other in the state championship game at the Ryan Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The North Kingstown girls’ basketball team also watched its season come to an end Sunday, when undefeated and top-seeded Bay View (Riverside) defeated the Skippers, 44-27. The Bengals held North Kingstown to just eight points in the first half.
Bay View was led by Vandall Andrade, who scored 17 points. Jenna Gibson was the leading scorer for the Skippers with eight points, and Allie Barton and Brenna Coppola each added six.
Islander Kristjana McCarthy made one field goal and scored two points in the Skippers’ loss. She went 0-for-5 from the freethrow line.