Kent keeps Northmen headed in right direction with 32-29 win
North Smithfieldâ€™s Samantha Kent, pictured here in an earlier game, led the Northmen to a 32-29 win over visiting Middletown on Tuesday night, with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
(File photo by Ernest A. Brown)
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ As is usually the case, the home team celebrating â€śSenior Night,â€ť or their last tilt of the season on their own floor, opens slowly due to the emotion of the moment.
Thatâ€™s what appeared to have happened to North Smithfield High while taking on stellar Division III-South foe Middletown on Tuesday evening.
The Northmen, who went into intermission trailing the Islanders, 21-14, got an earful from head coach Alisha Pirri, then put those words to use in the final half.
Pirriâ€™s bunch outhustled Middletown during those final 16 points, outscoring Middletown 18-8, and left the Lovett Memorial Gymnasium with a satisfying, exciting 32-29 victory.
The visitors had entered the contest with a 6-1 mark in II-South, but North Smithfield â€“ now 9-2 overall â€“ remained undefeated in the North section at 9-0. The reasons: Sophomore Sam Kent posted a â€śdouble-doubleâ€ť with a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds, while senior co-captain Lexi Scalzo provided 10 points (nine via the trey) and three boards.
For full story and stats, see Wednesday's print edition of The Call.
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