Deyo, Vlashi Carry Bombardiers into Quarters

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Sarah Deyo scored 27 points and pulled in 17 rebounds to lead the Bombardiers to a first round win over Durfee. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. – In the first round of last year’s Div. 1 South tournament, Attleboro faced Needham just a week after beating the Rockets for the second time in the season. Trying to beat the same opponent for the third time proved too much, as the Needham went on the road and upset Attleboro.

Less than a week after beating Durfee for the second time this season, Attleboro opened this year’s tournament with a third game against the Hilltoppers. Junior forward Sarah Deyo admitted that the Needham game was on her mind as she prepared for Tuesday’s match-up.

“I was thinking about it all day,” Deyo said. “I was like, crap last year we played Needham and then we lost to them in the first round and I hope it’s not that result again.”

Deyo almost single-handedly ensured there would be no repeat of last year’s upset. She scored 25 points and dominated the glass, pulling in 17 rebounds, as the Bombardiers held off a second half charge to beat Durfee 57-44 and advance to the sectional quarterfinal.

“That’s Sarah,” said Attleboro coach Rick Patch with a rueful shake of the head. “When you need it, she’s up for it. She was doing a lot of things. She was passing the ball a little bit to get people looks…she just feeds it to everybody else and that’s great.”

Attleboro got off to a slow start, handing Durfee a quick 5-0 lead, but then Deyo started to go to work. She scored off a Sam Pierce assist, followed by a three from Emily Houle, and then managed to corral a loose ball for a layup and score off an offensive rebound. She had seven in the first and finished the quarter with an assist on a jumper by Grace Mayer.

Deyo continued the good work in the second, adding another nine points including a perfect 7-7 from the line (she was 8-9 from the line in the first half but 1-7 in the second). Houle chipped in with five of her 11 points, including a step-back three that was quickly followed by another long-range shot by Fatima McDonald.

Attleboro led 29-19 at the half and things felt like they were falling into place for a comfortable win, but in the third quarter (as they did last Wednesday) the Hilltoppers made a charge. Jordyn Gauvin (team-high 16 points) scored five in the third and a Reagan McDonald jumper got Durfee as close as five points at 37-32.

The Bombardiers needed a spark in the third quarter and were not finding success going through the usual troika of Deyo, Houle, and Pierce, so in stepped senior forward Emma Vlashi.

Another player that missed time this season with injury, Vlashi stepped off the bench and provided instant offense, scoring eight of her 12 points in the quarter. She scored on a layup off a Deyo drop pass then on the break after a Mish Logie steal and assist and capped it off a great touch pass from Pierce across the paint.

“Emma just has that energy when she plays within herself,” said Patch. “She gave us a little bit of a spark when the lead got down to seven, five and jumped it back to 11 just by her offensive rebounding and her finishing near the basket.”

“That was so huge,” added Deyo. “Emma really helped us out; she was the ‘X’ factor. Without her I don’t think we would have had the game that we had.”

Deyo gave the hosts a little momentum heading to the fourth with an offensive rebound at the buzzer that extended the lead to 39-32. Houle followed that with a three on Attleboro’s first possession of the final quarter and Logie added another from the corner a few seconds later.

The lead grew to 11 when Deyo scored plus the foul off an inbounds play, before Vlashi added her final four points to put the Bombardiers ahead 52-39 with time winding down. Deyo capped it with a pair of putbacks, as Attleboro crushed the Hilltoppers on the glass to pull out the win.

“Last game they beat us on the boards both offensively and defensively, so a big aspect of the game was make sure we get the rebounds and don’t let them get second chance points,” said Deyo, who was helped on the glass by Houle with nine rebounds, McDonald with eight and Pierce and Valshi each with seven.

Patch noticed a different attitude for his team in this year’s playoff opener compared to last season against Needham. He explained, “I think the mindset last year was uncertainty…I think the expectation this year is we expect to win.”

He continued, “We always talk about making plays and I think last year they were hopeful and this year they expect to do it.”

The Bombardiers confidence will be put to the test when they host No. 5 seed Wellesley on Thursday night in the Div. 1 South quarterfinal.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 03/01/16

Today’s playoff games are listed below.
Girls Basketball
D1 South

#4 Attleboro, 57 vs. #13 Durfee, 44 – FinalSarah Deyo led the way for the Bombardiers with 25 points and 17 rebounds. Emma Vlashi came off the bench to score 12 points, all in the second half, and pulled in seven rebounds, while Emily Houle scored 11 and grabbed nine rebounds. Attleboro will host No. 5 seed Wellesley on Thursday.
Hockey
D2 South

#6 North Attleboro, 9 vs. #11 Taunton 0 – Final
#12 Oliver Ames, 1 vs. #5 Pembroke 5 – Final

Attleboro’s Emily Houle Reaches Grand Milestone

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Attleboro senior Emily Houle is joined by her family after reaching the 1,000-point mark for her career. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FALL RIVER, Mass. – In the fourth quarter against Mansfield on Monday night, with a standing room-only crowd packed into the James Albertini Gym providing an atmosphere unlike any other girls’ basketball game this season, Emily Houle rose up in the fourth quarter for a baseline jumper to try and tie the game.

The ball seemed to be at least halfway down, before it spun back up and out. As the final seconds wore down on an eventual Mansfield win and with Houle stuck at 998 career points, some wanted the Hornets to allow a layup and let her achieve the milestone.

That did not happen and Houle was back in action again on Wednesday night against Durfee at the Luke Urban Field House and a strong traveling contingent of Attleboro fans had made the 30-minute the trip to Fall River with signs, balloons, and plenty of cameras to record the moment when the wait for history was over.

The fans did not wait long. With 2:27 off the clock and the Bombardiers trailing 4-0, Houle drove to the basket and banked in a runner to become the fifth girls’ basketball player in Attleboro history to reach 1,000 points and the first since Sarah Wright in 1999.

“When I went up for the layup I was just like, please go in…please,” said Houle with a smile that was as much relief as joy. “I don’t think I was forcing anything; nobody really knows unless you’re in that position but it’s in the back of my head.”

“So, just to have that over with i can just focus on everything else and my team doesn’t have to be like, get it to Emily.”

Her teammates stormed onto the court when the basket was made, surrounding her, before she broke off for photos with family and friends (and even a nice token from the Durfee team, which knew that she was chasing 1,000).

The game took a few minutes to restart and the teams seemed to need a couple more minutes to get back into it, but there was a different feel about the Bombardiers, who head coach Rick Patch admitted had a weight lifted now that it was not worrying about the milestone.

He said, “We’re trying to run plays for her, doing different things, and now it’s a gimmick situation with triangle and two, box and ones, diamond and ones, and where can you get it to her.”

“I’m just really happy for her…She’s really the face of the community. Everyone loves Emily.”

Houle has been a four-year varsity player, but she admitted that there was no way that she could have envisioned when she stepped on the floor as a freshman that some day she would be placing her name on the 1,000-point banner.

“When I was a freshman, I was just happy to get out there and not dribble the ball off my foot,” Houle joked. 

“My goal has always to help my team any way I can and by junior year scoring was something that I was pretty decent at, so I just continued to try and do that for my team and I ended up here.”

Coming into the season as one of the league’s top returning scorers, many people around the Hock believed that Houle would be able to get the points she needed, but in just the second game of the season she went down with a knee injury that she worried could have put her high school career in jeopardy.

“When I got hurt I was unsure of what was going to happen, I didn’t know how long I was going to be out,” Houle reflected. “But to come back and be able to play with this, I think that happened for a reason too.”

“When I went down that game, I don’t think I could picture myself standing here right now, but the fact that I am shows a lot.”

Averaging nearly 17 points per game this season, as of stats compiled on Feb. 8, Houle did not allow the injury to slow her down. By helping to lead the Bombardiers to a winner-take-all showdown with Mansfield for the league title, she was voted the Hockomock MVP by the league’s coaches.

Houle credited her team for helping her throughout the season. She said, “An individual accomplishment like this doesn’t happen in a team sport without great teammates, so I’m just thankful that it worked out the way it did. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

There was also plenty of support from the Attleboro fanbase, which packed the gym all week after Houle scored 31 against Taunton to get the milestone within reach.

“I had like basically my whole town behind me, which I’m really grateful for,” she explained. “Even here we definitely had more blue than any other color. I know they’re there for team but they’re also supporting me and having all the little girls run up to me means more than any basket I’ve ever scored.”

Houle laughed and added, “The one thing I’m glad about it is that I don’t have to see my Fatheads anymore.”

The Bombardiers started to pull away before halftime on Wednesday, but a strong push in the third quarter by Isabel McDonnell and the Hilltoppers closed the gap to 33-31. Sam Pierce buried a three just before the end of the third and Attleboro ran away with a 19-7 fourth quarter to pull out a 55-38 win.

Sarah Deyo led the way for Attleboro with 16 points and Houle knocked down a fourth quarter three to finish with 13. It moved the Bombardiers to 20-2 on the season and could possibly see them host Durfee in the first round of the state tournament.

Considering all of the success that Attleboro has had this season, Houle could easily shrug off the frustration of having to wait a game or two longer than she hoped to achieve her goal.

“’m kind of happy that it worked out the way it did,” she said. “I felt like my team was getting stressed over it so in that aspect I wanted to get it over with and I wanted my team to go back to being free and not be worrying about me.”

“We’re 20-2 and we’re having a great season. No matter what happened, I’m happy.”

MIAA basketball tournament pairings will come out on Friday.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/24/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 75 vs. Durfee, 67 – Final – Junior Jake Dunkley scored a game-high 19 points and pulled in nine rebounds, junior Andrew Milliken added 16 points, sophomore Nate Douglas chipped in with 12 points, senior Brent Cook had 10 points and six rebounds, junior Berlyns Abraham scored 10 points and finished with seven rebounds and senior Kyle Murphy had five points and 12 rebounds.
Franklin, 70 @ South High, 41 – Final

Mansfield, 58 vs. BC High, 44 – Final – Mansfield raced out to a 15-4 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Matt Ehrlich had a team-high 16 points, Max Boen scored 13 points and Sam Goldberg had nine points and nine rebounds. 
Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 55 @ Durfee, 38 – Final – Sarah Deyo led all scorers with 16 points for the Bombardiers, while Emily Houle added 13 and with a first quarter layup became the fifth Attleboro girls’ basketball player (and first since 1999) to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The Bombardiers closed with a 22-7 run after Durfee cut the lead to just two at 33-31 in the third quarter.

Foxboro, 53 vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 41 – Final Ashley Sampson led the way with 12 points while Kristen Bortolotti added 11 points for the Warriors. 

King Philip @ Lowell, 7:00
Hockey
Mansfield, 2 @ Winthrop, 4 – Final
North Attleboro, 4 @ Wayland, 0 – Final
King Philip, 3 @ Bridgwater-Raynham, 5 – Final
Girls Hockey
King Philip, 3 vs. Norwell, 2 – Final

Hornets Beat Attleboro and Clinch League Title

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Mansfield celebrated a victory over Attleboro that clinched the program’s second Hockomock League title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MANSFIELD, Mass. – Four years ago, Mansfield won only four games. Those freshmen are now seniors and on Monday night, they capped their final season in Mansfield colors by climbing a ladder, scissors in hand, to cut down the nets at the Albertini Gym.
“This is huge,” said senior Caroline Maher, moments before she got the chance to go up the ladder and celebrate with a piece of the net. “My freshman year we had four wins and now we have 18 or 19, I don’t even know, and we’re going to the state tournament. I’m so happy and so proud of us.”
The Hornets used a strong second half to exact a measure of revenge on Attleboro with a 56-43 victory in front a standing room only, raucous crowd to split the season series with the Bombardiers and clinched the Kelley-Rex division title. It is the program’s second Hockomock title and first since 2011.
Maher added, ““I remember watching the 2010-11 team winning it and I thought, oh I want to be up there on the ladder cutting that string.”
Mansfield coach Mike Redding said of his senior class, “They just keep getting better; a lot of camaraderie, young kids stepping in to help and just a lot of fun to be around. I’m really proud of what they did.”
Attleboro came into the game with its sights set on the program’s first Hockomock title and jumped out to an early lead, up 12-8 after the first quarter. Junior Sarah Deyo sparked the Bombardiers with seven of her team-high 15 in the first, including an early three and a couple of layups.
Juliana Newell (12 points) kept Mansfield in the game with four in the first and another six points in the second, most coming off her familiar mid-range jumper. Jen Peel stepped up in the second and scored half of her game-high 18 points in the quarter with drives into the middle of the Attleboro defense.
“She got in the lane the other time,” said Attleboro coach Rick Patch, “but this time she was looking to score. We made the adjustment to just keep her in front of us, but there were times that we lost her.”
A Jordyn Lako three had given Attleboro a 22-15 lead, but Peel scored five straight points to cut the lead to four. After a pair of free throws by Fatima McDonald, Peel got another layup and a pair from the line to bring Mansfield within two. After Sam Pierce (10 points) buried a three, Newell closed out the first half with a runner that kept the Hornets within three at 27-24.
In the third quarter, Meg Hill took over the game. The sophomore center scored all 11 of her points in the third and a big chunk of her game-high 15 rebounds and four blocks.
Redding said, “We kept kidding her the last couple weeks about going into ‘Beast Mode.’ You can be a nice kid off the court but you’ve got to step on and ante up and as a sophomore she did that in the third quarter. She changed the tone of the game.”
Hill started the half with a layup off an inbound pass by Peel (five assists) but Mish Logie followed with a corner three to extend the lead to four. Peel answered that with a transition basket plus the foul.
“For all the good things she does, we’ll live with a couple of turnovers,” said Redding of Peel. She can always seem to find a lane. As tight as things are, she always finds a way through.”
After a Pierce jumper, Hill scored four straight to give Mansfield the lead at 33-32, its first since the opening basket of the game. She continued to dominate the paint on a personal 8-0 run that put Mansfield up by five, a lead that the Hornets would carry into the fourth quarter.
“There were a couple calls, not blaming the ref, it was just reffed in a way that we haven’t seen all year so to make that adjustment – we just couldn’t,” Patch explained. “We had to focus on boxing out harder…it was making it much tougher for our kids.”
Deyo hit a three late in the third quarter and then added another one to start the fourth and bring Attleboro back within two. After a Newell layup and a pair of free throws from Jackie Carchedi, Emma Vlashi (six points) scored on a drive to the hoop and another shot in the paint and it was 45-43.
Coming into the game, Emily Houle needed four points to hit 1,000 for her career, but in the fourth quarter she had been held to only a pair of free throws. At several points in the game, Houle seemed more like a decoy as the offense flowed in different directions, but she finally got free on the baseline with a chance to tie the game.
The jumper was halfway down but spun out. Attleboro did not score another point in the game.
“It’s baffling,” said Patch about the struggle to get Houle the ball. “We’re coming out of timeouts calling certain plays and I don’t know if it’s the environment or whatever, we trained for it, we practiced for it.
Mansfield forced a steal from McDonald and Peel raced the length of the court to score plus the foul, putting the Hornets up by six. On the next trip, Carchedi took a deep three that was off line, but the senior was the first to react and rebounded her own miss to score a dagger basket.
“I don’t know who our MVP is but I think she may have my vote just because she does so much at both ends of the floor,” said Redding of Carchedi. “She really does everything for us. She doesn’t score a lot of points for us but that offensive rebound and score was huge.”
The Hornets knocked down free throws in the closing minutes to clinch the victory and with it the title. Maher got her wish and was able to stand atop the ladder and hold her piece of the net.
“We’ve played together for so long, longer than I can remember,” she said of the senior class. “The fourth grade ‘A’ team, but for a few kids that went to Feehan this is the team.”
Redding added, “Just a great game with a lot of players stepping up…There’s a 50-50 chance that we could play in the quarterfinal, so get ready for the rubber match.”
Mansfield will await the tournament pairings that will come out this weekend, while Attleboro will close out its regular season (and Emily Houle will continue her quest for 1,000) on Wednesday at Durfee.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/22/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Mansfield, 64 @ Attleboro, 52 – Final – Mansfield clinched a share of the Kelley-Rex title with the win. The Hornets have won four straight Kelley-Rex titles and sixth in the last seven years. Sam Goldberg had 12 points and seven rebounds, Christian Weber added 11 points and six assists and Max Boen had nine points and five assists. Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan won his 200th career game. 

Canton, 48 @ Milford, 71 – Final – The Scarlet Hawks won their fifth game in the last six to clinch a playoff berth. Dimitry Torres led Milford with 23 points while Dwight Anderson added 16 points, Jack DeSantis chipped in with a career-high 10 points and Josh Andonian finished seven points. Canton freshman Devin Foster had a career-high 16 points and sophomore Tony Harris added 15 points.

Sharon, 73 @ Foxboro, 84 – Final (OT) – Jason Procaccini scored a game-high 24 points as the Warriors held on after a rally from the Eagles. Rob Lowey added 14 points while Alex DuBrow, Jonathan Carnino and Mark Clagg all chipped in with 10 points apiece. 

Franklin, 77 @ North Attleboro, 39 – Final – Freshman Jay Dieterle dropped in a team-high 19 points as the Panthers claimed their first league title since 2012. With the win, Franklin won a share of the Kelley-Rex title with Mansfield. Sophomore Connor Peterson had 12 points and senior Tim Prunier added 10 points.

Oliver Ames, 74 @ Stoughton, 55 – Final – Junior Carter Evin scored a career-high 28 points and pulled in 10 rebounds. Dylan Mahoney added 15 points, Nick Welch had 11 points and Tim Kelley added 10 points for OA. Jared Costa-Haywood led the Black Knights with 17 points, Cam Gomes had 12 points and sophomore Cam Andrews chipped in with 10 points. Senior captain Nick Quattrucci hauled in seven rebounds.

King Philip, 56 vs. Dartmouth, 60 – Final – King Philip rallied from a 13 point halftime deficit but the Indians were able to hold on. Seth Sullivan had a team-high 18 points while sophomore Justin Vine added 15 points.

Taunton, 59 @ New Bedford, 69 – Final
Girls Basketball
Milford, 62 @ Canton, 47 – Final

Foxboro, 57 @ Sharon, 49 – Final – Foxboro had four players reach double figures for scoring. Lily Sykes led the Warriors with 16 points while Ashley Sampson added 13 points, Grace Tamulionis had 12 points and Carolynn Will finished with 10 points. Sharon was led by Alyssa Piazza with 20 points and four steals, while Charlotte Ransom had seven points, all in the fourth quarter. Shira Stoller had seven assists and Emma Eberhardt had 11 points for the Eagles.

North Attleboro, 45 @ Franklin, 54 – Final
Attleboro, 43 @ Mansfield, 56 – Final – The Hornets clinched the Kelley-Rex division title with the win. It is the second in the program’s history. Jen Peel led the way with 18 points and five assists. Meg Hill added 11 points and 15 rebounds and Juliana Newell scored 12 for Mansfield. Attleboro was led by Sarah Deyo, who finished with 15 points. Sam Pierce added 10 for the Bombardiers.

Stoughton, 32 @ Oliver Ames, 63 – Final – Sophomore Kayla Raymond led the Tigers with a game-high 16 points while Kaitlyn McCarthy added 13 points and Niyera Mitchell had 12 points. 
Taunton, 48 vs. New Bedford, 17 – Final – Senior Kia Pate led Taunton with 11 points, sophomore Hannah Moniz added nine points, senior Alyssa Gibson finished with eight points and senior Jordan Wade chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.
Hockey
Attleboro, 4 vs. Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk, 1 – Final
Milford, 3 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final

Milestone Delayed But Attleboro Avoids Trap

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Emily Houle scored 17 points on Friday afternoon leaving her four points shy of 1,000 heading into Monday’s game with Mansfield. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. – The crowd was packed in behind and across from the Attleboro bench, with balloons, signs, and more celebrating senior guard Emily Houle and her quest to become the first female to score 1,000 career points for Attleboro since Sarah Wright in 1999, which she needed 21 to attain on Friday afternoon in her final home game of the regular season.

Houle scored 17, all in the second half, so the full celebration will have to wait until Attleboro’s game at Mansfield on Monday night, but the Bombardiers had enough in reserve to avoid the trap of facing non-league Dartmouth after a week off and three days before the game that will decide the Kelley-Rex title.

Attleboro struggled early on against Dartmouth’s triangle-and-two defense but managed to pull out a 48-36 victory on an afternoon that ended with very little attention being paid to the final score.

The Indians, playing less than 24 hours after a loss at Mansfield on Thursday night, started the game with Cali Andrade doing her best to deny Houle the ball. With the Bombardiers trying to get Houle the ball as often as possible to help her get to the milestone, Attleboro’s offense bogged down in the first quarter and the top scoring team in the Hock was held to just six points.

“We do some stuff on it but we haven’t seen enough of it,” said Attleboro coach Rick Patch about the triangle and two defense. “I think with the not playing for a week, the sideshow of the thousand and the electricity in the air, the kids were tight at the beginning.”

Senior guard Fatima McDonald (eight points) was Attleboro’s lone source of offense, scoring all six points in the first, including a drive to the hoop and a three. In the second, sophomore Sam Pierce chipped in with four of her 10 points and Grace Mayer and Mish Logie each contributed layups.

At halftime, the Bombardiers trailed 17-14 and needed to find an answer to all of the attention being put on Houle and Sarah Deyo (seven blocks, 10 rebounds).

“I thought if we’re not careful this could get away because a similar thing happened at Stoughton when we were down a bunch of players,” said Patch.

“I was disappointed in our defensive rebounding…because that’s effort, that’s discipline and regardless of everything else that’s going on we just weren’t able to do that.”

In the third quarter, the Bombardiers clamped down on defense. Kelsey Shurtleff (team-high 12 points) knocked down a pair of threes but the Indians were no longer getting anything inside and Attleboro took control of the glass.

Patch explained, “I think the person that started that fire was Sam Pierce. She’s that link, when she plays well then  we’re at another level. She came out for five minutes and played very well and it kind of spread [the lead].”

A McDonald layup and a Deyo putback pulled Attleboro within one at 19-18, then Pierce assisted on a Logie three that once again cut the lead to one. In transition Houle finally got on the board with a layup that gave Attleboro its first lead since it was 2-0. Pierce added to it with a basket on an inbound and a steal and layup.

Houle (11 rebounds) tacked on a three off a missed Dartmouth free throw and then another bucket in transition that had the crowd on its feet and pushed the Attleboro lead to 34-25 heading to the fourth.

Dartmouth scored the first four points of the final quarter to hang around, but Attleboro broke the game open with an 11-0 run, including seven points from Houle that put her at 14 for the night and needing seven points in three minutes to reach 1,000.

With Attleboro leading by 16 at 45-29, the focus of both benches turned to the impending milestone.

“In the fourth quarter, when I saw we were up 16, I told her that everything is going through you,” said Patch. “I said, we’ve got the game, let’s just get her the ball.”

The Indians turned to a four corners offense in the closing minutes, clearly with no intention of trying to mount a comeback and purely interested in limiting Attleboro’s offensive possessions. Meanwhile, the Bombardiers were fouling intentionally to put the Indians on the line so they could then get the ball back.

Now the focus will turn to Monday night and the matchup with Mansfield that will determine the league title. The boys’ game against the Hornets has been moved up to 5 p.m., while the girls’ start was pushed back to 7:15 to allow both fanbases to see the league finale (and cheer Houle when she reaches 1,000).

“I think at this point with her being so close…she’s going to get it,” said Patch. “We’re just going to play the game. I’m glad that we got it close enough that it won’t be a sideshow on Monday; it will just be Mansfield and Attleboro going at it for the championship.”

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/19/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Milford, 48 @ Foxboro, 66 – Final – Foxboro senior Alex DuBrow scored all of his team-high 16 points in the second half, adding eight assists and five rebounds. Jason Procaccini had 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists, Rob Lowey had 15 points and nine rebounds and junior Mark Clagg finished with 10 points. Milford’s Dimitry Torres scored a game-high 18 points along with six assists. 

Franklin, 64 @ Catholic Memorial, 87 – Final – Senior Tim Prunier and freshman Jay Dieterle each had nine points for the Panthers.

Taunton, 84 @ King Philip, 60 – Final – Taunton senior Jose Mercado poured in a career-high 31 points while Tommy MacLean had 14 points and Dom Smith added 12 points. King Philip’s Pharoah Davis had a team-high 13 points. 
Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 48 vs. Dartmouth, 36 – Final – Emily Houle led the way for Attleboro with 17 points, all in the second half, which leaves her four points shy of 1,000 for her career. She also had 11 rebounds. Sam Pierce added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bombardiers, Fatima McDonald had eight points, and Sarah Deyo had only three points but chipped in with seven blocks and 10 boards.

Canton, 47 vs. Blackstone-Millville, 42 – FinalThe Bulldogs swept the season series with BMR behind 14 points from Hannah Jerrier and eight apiece from Jess Powers and Meaghan Hunter. Canton turned the game around with a 30-13 second half. 
King Philip, 38 @ Taunton, 37 – FinalJen Lacroix scored all 12 of her points in the second half to lead the Warriors, who bounced back from a 12-point halftime deficit. Sam Madden added eight points for KP and Riley Dalzell had 10 rebounds. Taunton was led by Alyssa Gibson, who finished with 13 points and 14 boards, and Lily Patneaude, who scored 11 points. 
Milford, 44 @ Foxboro, 61 – Final – The Warriors had three players reach double figures, led by Ashley Sampson’s 14 points. Cassidy Harrison added 11 points and Kristen Bortolotti had 10 points. 

North Attleboro, 47 vs. Durfee, 34 – FinalThe Rocketeers were led by junior Caroline Collard with 10 points and Ashley Ahern chipped in with six. 
Sharon, 43 @ Fontbonne, 58 – Final Senior Alyssa Piazza had 19 points, six rebounds, and five steals for the Eagles in the loss. 
Girls Hockey
Canton, 0 @ Whitman-Hanson, 2 – Final

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/06/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
North Attleboro, 69 @ Attleboro, 63 – Final – Brent Doherty and Ridge Olsen scored 20 points for the Rocketeers in a close win over rival Attleboro. Junior Hacmoni Cuevas had seven points, including a big three in the fourth quarter. Attleboro junior Jake Dunkley scored a career-high 31 points, also the highest scoring output by a Hockomock player this season. Andrew Milliken chipped in with 12 points for the Bombardiers.
Mansfield, 66 @ Taunton, 58 – Final – Mansfield junior Christian Weber had a team-high 12 points and added six rebounds, Matt Ehrlich had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, Tyler Boulter had 10 points, Sam Goldberg had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists and Phil Vigeant added nine points. Taunton’s Carlos Borrero netted a career-high 17 points while Quan Roberson and Jose Mercado each had 15 points for the Tigers. 

Oliver Ames, 61 @ Sharon, 64 – Final – Sharon missed a pair of free throws late but Oliver Ames shot from their own half missed the mark and the Eagles held on. Andrew Filipkowski was one of 10 Sharon players to score, leading the team with 17 points. OA’s Carter Evin had a game-high 20 points, Shawn Cardoza added a career-high 18 points and Tim Kelley netted 11 points. 
Girls Basketball
Mansfield, 72 @ Taunton, 38 – Final – Sophomore Meg Hill had a double-double with a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds while Jackie Carchedi added 13 points and Jen Peel had 10 points and eight assists. Taunton’s Lilly Patnaude led the Tigers with 10 points. 

North Attleboro, 39 @ Attleboro, 52 – Final – Sarah Deyo notched her first career triple-double, scoring 15 points, hauling in 12 rebounds and recording 10 blocks. 

Oliver Ames, 63 @ Sharon, 29 – Final – Sharon held a two point lead (13-11) after the first quarter but Oliver Ames’ big second quarter helped take the Tigers take a 14 point lead by halftime. Kayla Raymond had a team-high 18 points and Francesca Calabraro had a double-double with 16 points and 10 steals. 
Hockey
Stoughton, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Mark Sheehan scored a pair of goals while Nick Hardy and Sean Doherty each scored once for the Black Knights. Sam Larkin scored Attleboro’s goal off a rebound off a shot from Cam Littig.

Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final

Foxboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 10 – Final

Franklin, 3 vs. Newburyport, 1 – Final – Sophomore Jeremy Miller netted a hat trick to guide Franklin to a big non-league win.
Milford, 3 @ Taunton, 8 – Final

North Attleboro wrestling celebrates after winning the MIWCA D2 Dual Tournament. (Courtesy Photo)
North Attleboro wrestling celebrates after winning the MIWCA D2 Dual Tournament. (Courtesy Photo)


Wrestling

MIWCA D1 Dual Tournament (Franklin) – Franklin placed fifth overall. The Panthers beat BC High (38-28) but lost to St. John’s Prep (41-21). Franklin finished the meet with wins over Plymouth South (40-27) and Framingham (34-26). 
MIWCA D2 Dual Meet Tournament (Milford, North Attleboro, Oliver Ames) – North Attleboro continued its very strong season by winning the D2 Dual Meet title. The Rocketeers beat Keefe Tech (68-6), Winchester (40-27) and Nashoba (51-21) to reach the finals. In the finals, North Attleboro took down Central Catholic, 39-22, to claim the title. OA was seeded 6th and opened with a win over Dracut (52-12) but suffered a loss to #3 Natick (60-18). Casey Bellevue went 2-0 on the day with a pair of pins and Luke Cullen also went 2-0. OA finished the season with a 20-8 record, a program record for both wins and least losses. 
Scituate Quad (Canton) – Canton beat host Scituate (39-29) but lost to Hingham (59-18) and Walpole (47-30). 
Foxboro Quad (Foxboro), 9:00AM
Methuen Quad (King Philip), 10:00AM
Stoughton Quad (Sharon, Stoughton) – Sharon had wins over Silver Lake (40-25), Southeastern (58-6) and Duxbury (40-34) and tied with Bridgewater-Raynham (34-34).
Barnstable Quad (Taunton), 9:00AM
Swimming
Girls Hockomock League Championships, 9:00AM (@ Milford) – Click here for complete results. 
Gymnastics
Hockomock League Championships (@ Metro South) – Click here for complete results.
Girls Hockey
Franklin, 5 @ Martha’s Vineyard, 1 – Final
King Philip, 3 vs. Medway/Ashland, 3 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 7 vs. Latin Academy, 0 – Final
Stoughton, 0 @ Quincy/North Quincy, 5 – Final

Houle Drops 30, Bombardiers Outlast Oliver Ames

Attleboro girls basketball
Attleboro senior Emily Houle (3) scored 30 points on Monday night to lead the Bombardiers to a win against OA. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Davenport leading Oliver Ames has only allowed an average of 35.4 points per games to its opponents this season. On Monday night at Kelley-Rex leading Attleboro, the Tigers gave up nearly that many points to Emily Houle alone.

The Bombardiers senior guard scored 30 points to lead Attleboro to a 56-44 victory that temporarily moves it into first place alone in the division.

“Big time players play big games and I told her that I’m glad she played it there because we needed it,” said Attleboro coach Rick Patch. “I thought she was great.”

Houle scored Attleboro’s first seven points of the game, knocking down a couple of jumpers and a three-pointer. She scored seven points in each of the first three quarters and then snagged nine in the fourth to help the Bombardiers hold off the Tigers for back-to-back wins against division leaders.

“You can worry about Deyo and Pierce but everything goes through Emily Houle,” said OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook, who was honored on the court before the game for setting the state record for career wins.

“She got seven points early on and if you’re a scorer and you have a scorer’s mentality that’s what happens. It’s like okay it’s going to go tonight.”

In the first, Houle scored the first seven for Attleboro and then Sarah Deyo added four as the hosts jumped out to an 11-4 lead. Oliver Ames responded with an 11-0 run to jump into the lead. Francesca Calabraro (11 points) knocked down a three-pointer and Kaitlyn McCarthy (eight points) knocked down a pair from beyond the arc. The Tigers forced 11 Attleboro turnovers in the first.

Deyo scored before the end of the quarter to cut the lead to two and Houle knocked down a three to put Attleboro ahead 16-15 early in the second. After a Houle free throw, OA bounced back, this time with a 9-0 run and took a 24-17 lead.

“It was almost like we were passing a volleyball out there; it was going so slow to our teammates, which is totally unlike us,” said Patch about the early turnovers. “I wasn’t panicking because I was like that’s not like us.”

He added, “When it got to 24-17…we just said we need to start making plays. Do not pass it unless it’s 100 percent you can get it there. If you don’t know what to do, attack the basket off the dribble.”

OA nearly had another solid defensive possession coming out of a timeout, but Houle threw up a 24-foot prayer as the buzzer sounded and, proving that it was going to be one of those nights for her, dropped through to cut the lead to four.

It proved to be the spark for the Bombardiers, who would go on an 11-0 run to close the half. Emma Vlashi came off the bench and scored five straight to give Attleboro a one-point lead and freshman Jordyn Lako buried a three to make it 28-24 at the break.

“She had a great little rebound, she had a banker from about eight feet,” said Patch about Vlashi’s contribution, “and when we got in here it was just let’s reset for the third quarter.”

Early in the third quarter, OA found itself in foul trouble. With a small roster to begin with, the Tigers struggled to get a flow to its offense when Sam Bamford (four assists) and Hannah Carroll (10 points) went to the bench.

“I don’t know that it hurt us from a defensive standpoint, but it hurt us a little on offense,” said Clement-Holbrook. “Early on I thought we moved the ball well and hit some shots from the perimeter, but then we had those issues where we had to move people around.”

Deyo (15 points, 11 rebounds) scored five straight points, including a step-back three, to give Attleboro an eight-point lead. Lako got a steal and a transition basket and Houle knocked down a shot to extend it to 12.

Kayla Raymond (seven points) and Niyera Mitchell (10 rebounds) each scored for OA to keep it close but Houle answered right back with four straight points. Calabraro got a layup at the buzzer, but Attleboro went into the fourth leading by 10.

Carroll scored six of her 10 in the fourth and Bamford scored all four of her points, but it was not enough to get back into the game. The Bombardiers had too much offense, even with under the weather sophomore Sam Pierce (seven rebounds) being held scoreless. Houle scored nine in the fourth and Deyo buried a big three.

“I thought we didn’t utilize the post as well as we could’ve tonight,” said Clement-Holbrook. “It’s all growing pains…We were fighting and it wasn’t for lack of effort, we just need to be smart.”

The Bombardiers have now won 11 in a row and are one ahead of Mansfield in the win column (the Hornets play Milford on Tuesday). Considering the injury issues that Attleboro has suffered this season, Patch is thrilled with where his team sits at this stage.

“To be where we are now, considering everything that’s happened, we’re very happy,” he said. “To get OA with only one day of practice…was very tough and now we can give the kids a chance to exhale a little bit and get ourselves ready for Friday night.”

The Bombardiers (15-1, 11-1) will host North Attleboro on Friday night. Oliver Ames (11-3, 9-3), which leads Foxboro by a single game, will travel to Sharon.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.