NORTH KINGSTOWN â€” Defense was the biggest reason the Feinstein Middle School girls basketball team went on the road and upset two Southern Division opponents in the RIPCOA playoffs.
The Falcons, in victories over Narragansett and Westerly, allowed just 34.5 points a game to reach the quarterfinals Tuesday afternoon against Southern Division co-champion Davisville of North Kingstown.
Davisville, which only had one loss on the season, scored 36 points in the first half to build a 23-point halftime lead. The Dragons continued to pass the ball brilliantly in the second half of a 63-46 victory to end the Falconsâ€™ season.
â€śBeing a young team like we are I knew eventually we would come out cold and (Davisville) is a very good team,â€ť Feinstein coach Anthony Ferro said. â€śThey didnâ€™t miss too many shots and they played great defense. We knew they were a good passing team and we talked about it this morning. We still couldnâ€™t stop it.â€ť
Tuesdayâ€™s defeat marked the second consecutive season where the Falcons saw their season end on the road in the quarterfinals. Last seasonâ€™s team fell to Thompson Middle School of Newport at the same hurdle.
But this seasonâ€™s team was a different group than last season. Eighth-grader Alyssa Derrick is the only returning starter from last seasonâ€™s team. The forward scored three points in Tuesdayâ€™s defeat. Riley Mitchell, who was on the team for two years and scored four points, will also be gone. Emily Wexler, Gabby Furtado and Jill Ward will also head off to high school.
Fellow eighth-grader Amanda Egan will have the best story to tell all of her friends in school Wednesday. The guard hit a shot from half court at the end of the contest to finish with six points.