Lady Townies Defeat Wheeler 53-42 in Sweet 16 Basketball Action
East Providence High girls basketball defeated Wheeler High in State Tourney Sweet 16 action tonight at East Greenwich High School. The Townies showed no ill-effects from their recent coaching change as they won 53-42. Wheeler came out shooting three pointers and took an early 8-2 lead but with a 28 point performance by the Townies Courtney Dorr - which included 6 three-pointers - the Townies took the lead and never looked back.
EP led at halftime and Dorr began the second half with another barrage of three pointers moving EP to a 28-19 lead. Ep played a tenacious defense and never looked back. There were a couple of momentum changes, but Wheeler had no answer for Dorr even though they had their own top scorer in Emma Kiniry. Kiniry also finished with 28 points and 7 three-pointers for Wheeler.
After the game Dorr praised her teammates. "I couldn't do it without them," said Dorr. "We have a hard working team I am very proud of. Last year we didn't get to far in the state tourney, but we're still going," she added. "We have a tough Division I opponent Saturday. We can't run at them all day so we will work hard and look for chances to score."
"Dorr was unconscious tonight," said EP coach Zachary Roche. "Our girls have played well all season. We played great defense tonight, leading to several fast breaks for us. We have a couple of hard practices ahead this week," said the coach.
"We needed this win tonight," said Athletic Director Gregg Amore. "This was a big win."