Rams take court for stretch run

Southwick’s Tolland’s Morgan Harriman (14) pries the ball away from Ware’s Sadie Simons (32). Rams’ Monica Kucienski, left, helps out. (Photo by Chris Putz)

SOUTHWICK – The Southwick-Tolland Regional High School girls’ basketball team is hoping a solid second half will be the spark that helps them fire up a successful run for the postseason.
Southwick outscored Ware 30-26 in the second half on the road in a 56-33 loss Monday. The Rams (7-8) must now win three of their final five games – all league contests – to earn a Western Massachusetts Division II tournament berth.
“Hopefully our good work in the second half carries over to Holyoke Catholic (Tuesday) night,” Southwick coach Mike Gill said. The Rams host the Gaels in Southwick at 7 p.m.
Morgan Harriman scored a team-high seven points for Southwick. Rams’ Millan Andreoli (6 points) had one of her best all-around games of the season against Ware.
“We know what’s in front of us,” coach Gill said. “The girls have to rise to the challenge.”
Gill also said he hopes the community comes out to support the Rams in their quest for a postseason berth.
“It’s going to be a fun couple of weeks,” he said.

Westfield Voc-Tech 48, St. Mary 25
Brandi VanGelder and Nadine Tran led Westfield Voc-Tech with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
“It was probably our best game of the season, after that Smith Voke debacle,” Voc-Tech coach Matt Seklecki said. “I think we came back strong and played really well.”
St. Mary’s Lindsay Hunter scored a team-high nine points.
Voc-Tech (4-9), which led 24-13 at the half, next plays Pathfinder Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Gateway 42, Smith Voke 14
Alyssa Moreau scored a team-high 12 points for Gateway (11-3). Gators’ Chelsi Derrig and Jessie Walton finished with nine and eight, respectively.

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