By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim girls basketball team closed out its season last week while celebrating senior night. The Pats fell to visiting Blackstone Valley Prep 43-42 in a tough loss. BVP came out strong in the first quarter and built a 15-3 lead.
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim girls basketball team closed out its season last week while celebrating senior night. The Pats fell to visiting Blackstone Valley Prep 43-42 in a tough loss.
BVP came out strong in the first quarter and built a 15-3 lead. Although the Pats were able to turn things around in the second quarter and get within striking distance down the stretch, BVP was able to shut down the Pilgrim offense in the fourth to hold on to the win.
“We were down 15-3 early on and just didn't turn it around quick enough. We had them pegged pretty much with what they were doing. I thought we were able to control them pretty good, but we just turned the ball over too much,” said Pilgrim coach Scott Bayha.
Pilgrim had a tough winter in its new division, going winless in the regular season. Bayha felt that added some pressure in the season finale.
“We came out nervous, it was senior night, the record weighed on us a little bit, the girls knew this was their last chance to win, so I think that put some added pressure on the girls. We just came out slow because of it, if we had a win before I think we would have done better,” said Bayha.
Alysia Medeiros led Pilgrim with 11 points scored while Emma Corcoran and Giana Ramos each added seven.
Despite the tough season, Bayha was proud of the way his seniors played and their leadership in this unusual year. The graduating seniors include: Kelsey Burr, Medeiros, Corcoran, Jenna Gustafson, Tatyana Boiano and Chanti Van Heyningen.
“They’ve been doing it for four years for us. This is a down year, only because of record, but it’s a down year. But I couldn't imagine if we didn’t have them. They’re all role models to the younger girls and it’s all in good ways,” Bayha said. “They’ve all got different qualities, they’re all great kids, good students, they have great parents. It’s going to be tough to replace them. I think we’ll get there, the younger girls that came in have played well and that’s because the seniors taught them how to play well. They learned from example.”