Senior captains Kaila Duarte (from Dorchester) and Adi Alicea-Cordero (Dorchester) led the way along with junior captain Stephanie Soto-Rivera (West Roxbury). Contributions from senior Karen Rathjens (Sudbury) also helped keep Beaver Country Day perfect.
Rivers ends nearthe top in Class A
A balanced score sheet pushed the Rivers School girls to about one minute away from their first Class A championship. After moving up from winning the Class B title, the Red Wings rode their depth of talent all the way to the title game against Noble & Greenough. Boston College recruit Emilee Daley (Sharon) averaged 11 points per game, junior Jen Berkowitz (Wayland) averaged 10.4, Kristen Daley chipped in with 10 per game, while Vanessa Edgehill (Franklin) averaged 9.4.
Despite the move up in class, coach Bob Pipe carried big expectations for his talented roster, which made the 42-41 last-minute loss to Nobles in the final that much more difficult to swallow.
“We expected to be where we were,” Pipe said. “And we’re proud of what we were able to do. But of course it still stings. They made plays down the stretch and we didn’t make enough.”
The future is bright for Rivers, however. Daley was the team’s only senior, and 6-foot-3 freshman Julia Thissell (Hopkinton) will be back to form a formidable duo with Berkowitz in the paint.
Lexington Christian looks to next year
A lineup full of young contributors helped Lexington Christian Academy win the EIL two seasons ago. This year, those young contributors, now seniors, helped LCA make it all the way to the Class D final.
Led by senior guard and league MVP Victoria Nguyen (Woburn), captains Sarah Woods (Medford) and Kallan Roys (Billerica), and sophomore forward Caroline Niland , they went on a furious 15-2 run in the second half to get close, but fell to Hamden Hall, 43-38.
“We were very proud that we came back,” said coach John Vining . “But we know we could’ve beaten them. Number one, the players were happy that they didn’t quit and they worked hard and they fought all the way back. Number two was a hint of regret that we couldn’t put away some of our shots earlier to put away the difference. But it was an incredible run.”
Lexington Christian will have a new look next season, as some players move on and others step into bigger roles, same as it will be at Brimmer and May.
The Gators’ starting five sat in the school’s athletic office last week, days after winning their championship, wondering how they’ll do without their senior twins, Heather and Nicole Gates, next season.
It will be different, they decided. But as their unique look proved this season, “different” may not be such a bad thing.
“Look at what we did this year,” Heather said.
One-point loss tough for Algonquin
By the time Algonquin Regional boys’ coach Brian Doherty sat down with his players in the team film room on Tuesday, everyone had gotten over the heartbreak.
The Tomahawks (20-2) lost to St. John’s last Sunday in the Division 1 Central semifinals, 52-51, but the way in which they lost made it especially difficult to accept initially.
With Algonquin trailing by four, with just seconds remaining, senior Brad Canova sank a 3-pointer and appeared to be fouled during the shot. Had a foul been whistled, Canova would have had a chance to tie the game at the free-throw line, but no call was made. Moments later, the clock struck zeros on Algonquin’s season.
“It’s one of those things,” Doherty said. “It’s a tough way to lose, but you never want to leave the game in the hands of the officials. If you beat them up early, you never have to worry about it. . . . We should’ve taken care of business earlier and we never would’ve put ourselves in that situation.”
Algonquin rallied from a 20-point third-quarter deficit to pull within striking distance.
After the game, Doherty chose not to comment on the officials’ non-call, but told reporters, “I’ve got a video I’m going to show them.”
As it turned out, the video was posted online before Doherty ever had a chance to do anything with it. He did not reach out to the officials after the game to discuss the non-call, and he doesn’t expect to hear anything from them about the play.
As a one-time official himself, Doherty understands the nature of the job.
“I don’t comment on officials and no one should,” he said. “As a coach or a player you don’t comment on something like that. It is what it is. Let everyone else do all the talking that they want. But it’s not fair to the officials. They’re doing their job. They’re human. It happens. Just move on.”
Phil Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.