All-Stars Minus One

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March 15, 2017

The South Shore League All-Star game was held on Wednesday, March 15 at East Bridgewater.

“Moore’s team” led by Erika Ochenduszko, who was named MVP of the game, came away with a 20 point win.

Rockland all-stars, Danielle O’Brien and Caroline Elie played on “Mitchell’s team.”Missing today was Rockland’s fourth all-star Adiza Alasa who sat this one out with the flu.

Alasa, you will remember, was  Player of the Year in the Sullivan Division.

Erika, Caroline, Danielle and Coach Mitchell missed Adiza today.

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Rockland’s Hannah Wyllie won the free throw shooting contest for the Sullivan Division.  Congratulations Hannah!

Congratulations to Coach Mitchell (Coach of the Year, Sullivan Division) and all the girls.  Get well soon Adiza!

Rockland Girls Win in First Round, Face Hanover in Quarterfinals

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March 3, 2017

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Adiza Alasa breaks through the Hanover defense on Friday, March 3.  photo by Paul Gilbrook

On Friday night, the Rockland girls basketball team boarded a bus for a 10 minute trip across town to Hanover in the hope of taking a longer ride this week. Unfortunately, they lost to the Lady Indians 56-48 in the D3 South Quarterfinal round.  They will have to wait until next year to finish their journey to Massasoit and beyond, a trip many say is definitely a possibility with all five starters coming back.

After a great regular season this year (15-5 record and a SSL Sullivan Division title) it was a tough way for the Lady Dogs to go out.

Their record, as good as it was, only got them the 8th seed in D3 South which put the #1 seed Hanover Indians squarely in their path. After an easy win over 9th seed Old Rochester Regional on Wednesday night, March 1, 51-32, Rockland was confident that they could compete with the top seed and pull off the upset.

In the ORR game freshmen Hannah Wyllie and Caroline Elie came up big.  Elie  had a team-high 13 points and Wyllie had 10 points and three blocks.

On Friday night, the Lady Dogs kept up with Hanover’s solid line-up for much of the first and second quarters, thanks to junior captain Danielle O’Brien’s long range shooting (14 points, 4 three pointers) and some gutsy play by Wyllie and Elie, who, along with the rest of the young Lady Dogs, had to battle against Hanover seniors, Air Force Academy-bound Meaghan Raab and Drexel-bound Hayley Wardwell.

photos by Paul Gilbrook.

But with the score tied at 21 in the 2nd quarter, the Indians went on an 11-0 run to end the half with a lead of 32-21. That turned out to be the beginning of the end for Rockland. The Lady Dogs made it a game in the second half, and got as close as 41-34 with three minutes left in the third quarter.  That was thanks to sophomore captain Adiza Alasa (team-high 16 points) who hit for 8 points, including a 3-pointer. While Hanover put the brakes on the Lady Dogs’ hope of a comeback, Rockland battled hard until the end.

So, their tournament run was shorter than hoped, but the season will certainly not be seen as a failure. With their final 16-6 record the girls captured  a SSL title, a tournament berth, a sportsmanship award, and most of all an appreciation for how to battle through adversity.

Individually, players grew into their roles; and as a team they discovered the rewards of hard work and teamwork.

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Emily Beatrice and Lexi Murphy photo by Paulies pictures

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Lexi Murphy takes a foul shot against ORR photo by Pauliessports

As always, the last game means saying goodbye to the seniors and while the Lady Dogs will only lose two, they will be truly missed.  Emily Beatrice and Lexi Murphy were the ultimate teammates and leaders, true unsung heroes.  Their unselfishness is what sports are really all about and without them, this season would have been different. And it certainly wouldn’t have been as much fun!  Good luck to all the Lady Dogs!

Lady Dogs Receive Honors Including Sportsmanship Award

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Coach Diana Mitchell and sophomore forward Adiza Alasa were voted Coach of the Year and Player of the Year in the South Shore League’s Sullivan Division for the 2016-2017 season.  Danielle O’Brien, Erika Ochenduszko and Caroline Elie were also voted to the all-star team in the division.

The biggest honor, however, one that the whole team shares, is the team’s  selection by the SSL coaches to receive the Sportsmanship Award for the Sullivan Division.

It’s been a great year!

Coach Mitchell did indeed spin some magic this year.  With two freshmen in the starting line-up and the loss of four key players from last year’s championship team, the Lady Dogs still managed to eke out another 1st place finish.

After a couple losses in December, the girls steadily gained confidence as the new year arrived.  Under the tutelage of Mitchell, freshmen Elie and Hannah Wyllie improved at point guard and center with each game.  Alasa came on strong in the last half of the season, culminating with a monster game against St. Mary’s last week.  The Big O’s, O’Brien and Ochenduszko, provided offensive threats night in and night out.  O’Brien’s defense was inspiring.  Senior captain Emily Beatrice also inspired the Lady Dogs whenever she took the floor with her solid defense and vocal leadership.

The team’s 15-5 record is truly an accomplishment as Coach Mitchell elected to play some strong non-league opponents such as Wellesley, Scituate, Duxbury, St. Mary’s and Arlington Catholic.

It’s not often that a first place team also garners the Sportsmanship nod.  Coaches seem to like to give the award to the team that perseveres despite a losing record and often that is appropriate.  But these Lady Dogs have been top notch in their sportsmanship and possess the right attitudes toward their opponents and the officials.

Now it’s on to the play-offs. The girls were “lucky” enough to win a coin toss to get the eight seed; so they earned a  home game against nine seed Old Rochester on Weds. night.  They share 15-5 records so this will be a battle. See you at 6:30!

Girls Ramp Up Defense; Win St. Mary’s Tournament

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The girls hold up their championship trophy after winning the St. Mary’s tournament. photo by Paul Gilbrook

The Lady Dogs came up big in the D3 final of the Spartan Classic, upsetting the favored host team, St. Mary’s, 53-43 on Monday night.

It was all about defense in this game, but that doesn’t mean the offense wasn’t on as well.

Adiza Alasa, tournament all-star and leading scorer with 18 points was given the task of playing St. Mary’s talented forward/center Olivia Nazaire. She had help from her teammates as they double and triple teamed her whenever they could.  But it was Alasa who wore down St. Mary’s go-to player when Rockland ramped up their perimeter defense,  allowing only 2 three point field goals in the last three quarters,  after an early flurry, two by Mashayla Johnson, had put St. Mary’s ahead in the 1st quarter 15-11.

Adiza Alasa goes in for the hoop, tying the score at 24-24.

Adiza Alasa goes in for the hoop, tying the score at 24-24.  photo by Paul Gilbrook

The Lady Dogs went into the half down 21-18, but midway through the 3rd quarter Alasa tied the score for the Lady Dogs  at 24-24.   Then Alasa put the Lady Dogs up with a three pointer (27-24).  A little later she countered St. Mary’s comeback with another 3, putting the Lady Dogs up again 34-31. Caroline Elie and Danielle O’Brien added a field goal each, and after three quarters the Lady Dogs had made up the half-time deficit. They took a 7 point lead (38-31) into the final frame.

Danielle O'Brien on the defensive end. She had 15 points in the Lady Dogs' big win.

Danielle O’Brien on the defensive end. She had 15 points in the Lady Dogs’ big win.  photo by Paul Gilbrook

Danielle O’Brien who played strong, steady defense throughout the game hit two big threes early in the fourth quarter to take any thought of a comeback out of St. Mary’s mind.  O’Brien had three 3’s and a total of 15 points in the game.

Rockland went on from there, getting a lead of as much as 18 points, before St. Mary’s made a bit of a comeback.

Freshman Caroline Elie was named Tournament MVP

Freshman Caroline Elie was named Tournament MVP.   photo by Paul Gilbrook

Talking about steady, freshman point guard Caroline Elie was awarded the  tournament MVP, as she controlled the offense at the point, contributed key hoops and also played great defense. She finished with 14 points.

Erika Ochenduszko stands in the way.

Erika Ochenduszko stands in the way.  photo by Paul Gilbrook

Forwards Erika Ochenduszko and Hannah Wyllie also played inspired defense which was needed  against St. Mary’s sizable forwards.  They hit key hoops and grabbed rebounds, taking away the host’s second chances on missed shots.

Details of this game can be found here.  Overall, it was  the girls best game of the year, and it was an important accomplishment to come away with this upset win against a strong team, especially after a lack-luster win on Sunday against Latin Academy, 63-24.

Ending the regular season this way, the Lady Dogs will look to maintain their inspired play and keep their focus on defense, rebounding and teamwork as they prepare for the post season tournament.

As far as tournament seeding which comes out on Friday, it looks like a home game will be determined by a coin toss, as Rockland with a 15-5 record, is tied for 7-8-9 with Apponequet and Old Rochester.  7 and 8 will have the 1st round home game; 9 will have to go to 8.

Tournament photos by Paul Gilbrook

It’s Official: We are SSL Sullivan Division Champs!

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Lady Dogs made it official tonight with a win over Randolph in their last regular season game.   They are champions of the SSL Sullivan Division!

They now have two games left in the regular season at St. Mary’s Lynn on Sunday and Monday. These games  will be crucial in their quest for a home game in the postseason tournament.

Congratulations and good luck to the girls!

Lady Dogs Win on Senior Night

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February 1, 2017

seniors2seniorsThe Rockland girls basketball team celebrated senior night by recognizing Emily Beatrice and Lexi Murphy and defeating Middleboro by a big margin, 64-15.

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The starting line-up was made up of upperclassmen on Wednesday night. From left junior Erika Ochenduszko, junior Danielle O’Brien, senior Emily Beatrice, senior Lexi Murphy and sophomore Adiza Alasa.

The Lady Dogs got off to a great start and never looked back as they easily defeated a Middleboro team that has been quite competitive of late, losing by only 2 points to Norwell last Friday night.

But Rockland’s offense and defense took care of any fears that Coach Mitchell might have had.  The Lady Dogs record is now 12-3.

The girls now look forward to Norwell on Friday night in another league game that they need to win to assure a league title.

 

Senior Night Wednesday Night!

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Tuesday’s varsity girls basketball game with Middleboro has been rescheduled due to the snow in the area on Tuesday night. Senior Night will now be on Wednesday night! Seniors Lexi Murphy and Emily Beatrice will be recognized. Lexi and Emily have played basketball for four years at Rockland High School and will be playing their last regular season home game.  The ceremony will take place at 6:15 before the game with Middleboro.  There will be no JV game with Middleboro due to injuries on the Middleboro team.

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Lexi Murphy and Emily Beatrice after practice on Monday.

Lady Dogs Take Another Step

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January 27, 2017

With three league games remaining, the Lady Dogs got one step closer to successfully defending last year’s SSL Large Division title by beating East Bridgewater 64-40 at home on Friday night.

Sophomore Adiza Alasa and junior Erika Ochenduszko had that in mind when they came out on fire.   Alasa hit two three-pointers and had 8 total first quarter points. Ochenduszko also had a three, adding 7 first quarter points.  This, combined with an inspired defense and fast break, gave the Lady Dogs a 20-6 first quarter lead.

Rockland cooled off in the second period, letting EB climb back to a 30-21 deficit, and keeping them within striking distance.  But the third period saw the Lady Dogs outscore the Lady Vikings 18 to 10 led by balanced scoring from Danielle O’Brien, Caroline Elie, and Hannah Wylie along with continued output from Ochenduszko and Alasa.  The score after three was 48 to 31.  These contributions showed the team’s balance which continues to get better with each game and makes the Lady Dogs difficult for opponents to defend.

In the fourth period Danielle O’Brien who played her usual strong game, hit two threes while Adiza Alasa added four baskets.  Alasa finished the game with a season high 23 points.  Ochenduszko had 17 points and 16 rebounds and, like Alasa, played her strongest overall game of the year, according to Coach Diana Mitchell.

Erika Ochenduzko and Adiza Alasa congratulate each other after the EB game.

Erika Ochenduszko and Adiza Alasa congratulate each other after the EB game.

Now the Lady Dogs will take on Middleboro on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in another important league game.  It is also Senior Night and seniors Emily Beatrice and Lexi Murphy will be honored.

The Junior Varsity continues to do well with a record of 7-2.  Come early on Tuesday and check out all the Lady Dogs’ teams.

Rockland Girls Qualify For Tournament!

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The 2016-2017 roster: L to R: Hannah Murphy, Caroline Elie, Hannah Wylie, Sydney McKenna, Natalie Draicchio, Erika Ochenduszko, Adiza Alasa, Ashley Muphy, Emily Beatrice, Lexi Murphy, Danielle O'Brien, Maddie Olsen.

 L to R: Hannah Murphy, Hannah Wylie, Caroline Elie, Sydney McKenna, Natalie Draicchio, Erika Ochenduszko, Adiza Alasa, Ashley Muphy, Emily Beatrice, Lexi Murphy, Danielle O’Brien, Maddie Olsen.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

The Rockland girls qualified for postseason tournament for the fifth year in a row tonight with a 62- 26 win at Mashpee!!

The girls have a record of 10 wins and 3 losses overall and hold the top spot in the South Shore League in their division with a record of 8 wins and 1 loss.

The Lady Dogs will play an important home game on Friday night against East Bridgewater.  The East Bridgewater Lady Vikings knocked off Norwell last Friday night and will be looking to do the same to Rockland when they arrive in the Dog Pound.   The last time they played EB, the Lady Dogs came out on top 45-34.

Rockland has had a balanced scoring attack this year so far with junior guard Erika Ochenduzsko at 10.9 ppg.  Sophomore forward Adiza Alasa is right behind with a 10.75 ppg average. Sharp-shooting junior Danielle O’Brien has 9.25 ppg followed by freshman point guard Caroline Elie with 8.8 ppg.

Come out and support the girls on Friday night.

 

Lady Dogs Get Big Win Over Norwell

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Friday, January 13, 2017

The Rockland girls basketball team climbed into a virtual tie for first place by defeating Norwell, 44-34 at home on Friday night.  The Lady Dogs built their win on a big scoring night by sophomore Adisa Alasa who added an outside component to her strong inside presence with 14 points that included three three-pointers.   Caroline Elie added 13 points for Rockland.

Adiza Alasa last year against Cheshire. The sophomore has been a big part of the Lady Dogs' success this year and last.

Adiza Alasa last year against Cheshire. The sophomore has been a big part of the Lady Dogs’ success this year and last.

The main ingredient to capturing this win was the team’s  second half defense and leading the way was senior guard Emily Beatrice who shut down Norwell’s outstanding freshman guard Kristen Viera in the second half.  This was key as the Lady Dogs, down by three at half-time, 26-23, made their comeback, holding Norwell to only 8 second half points.

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Emily Beatrice plays tough defense for the Lady Dogs.

Right now, Rockland holds the top spot in the league with a 5-1 league record.  Norwell stands at 4-1.

The upcoming week has some time changes not noted on the original schedule:

On Monday they will travel to Hull: JV plays at 1:30 and the Varsity will go on at 3:00.

On Wednesday the Lady Dogs will travel to Scituate for a 5:00 varsity game.

On Friday, the home game with Randolph will be played at 5:00 (varsity).

Super Subs Provide Needed Support to Lady Dogs

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January 7, 2017

Most teams have established their five starters by now, who play a large percentage of minutes in each game.

But no player, no matter how good, can play every minute of a game because of fouls or fatigue or just because. That leaves the door open for the subs, those players who provide a big boost to their teams by being ready to come in whenever and wherever they are needed.  These are the players who put the team on their backs and do what is needed to achieve success.

Emily Beatrice, senior captain, and junior Natalie Draicchio have done a good job, especially in this week’s games against East Bridgewater and Cohasset, coming off the bench and providing the support that has carried the TEAM to much needed wins.

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Emily Beatrice brings the ball up the floor against East Bridgewater. photo courtesy of Paul Gilbrook

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Natalie Draicchio drives the lane against EB. The Lady Dogs defeated EB on Tuesday, Jan. 3 by a score of 45-34. photo by Paul Gilbrook

These two players will often provide a defensive spark for the team; both play good defense on the ball and in help. Beatrice and Draicchio are both guards, but they are tough enough to play inside, and both of them can battle bigger opponents and come away with key rebounds. You will often find them scrambling and diving on the floor for a loose ball. Beatrice is also a capable point guard; and she and Draicchio have put away a three pointer or two in games.

“Together Each Achieves More” is what many say is the definition of a team and these two players, along with the rest of the Lady Dog’s subs and starters are definitely achieving more!  They have a 3-1 record in the league and are 4-2 overall.

This week will be a big one for the Lady Dogs with a key game on Friday night, January 13 at home against Norwell. The Lady Clippers are undefeated in the league.

Lady Dogs Go 1-1 in Holiday Tournament

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Dec. 29, 2016

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Erika Ochenduszko hits a foul shot, one of nine she had in the game on her way to a team high 15 points. photo by Mr. Harrison.

The Rockland girls varsity came up short in their game with Wellesley in the finals of the Magoun-Biggins Holiday Tournament on Thursday.  The final score was 41-39.The Lady Dogs  stayed with this very good Division One team for most of the night.  In fact, if not for missed rebounds at the end of the game, they could have come out on top.  To be in the game at the end is a victory of sorts for the young Lady Dogs who start two freshman, a sophomore and two (all-star) juniors.

Junior forward Erika Ochenduszko led the scoring for Rockland with 15 points including 9 for 12 from the free throw line.  Junior guard Danielle O’Brien also hit double figures. She had 12 points.

Stoughton got the win over Notre Dame of Hingham in the girls’ consolation game, 55-49.

The Lady Dogs will take their 3-2 overall record now into their next league game Tuesday at East Bridgewater at 6:30 pm.  The JV, after a vacation week lay-off, will play at 5:00 pm.

Lady Dogs in Finals Today at 4:00

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Adiza Alasa, Caroline Elie, Hannah Murphy and Hannah Wyllie.

December 29, 2016

The Rockland girls basketball team pushed its overall record to 3-1 last night with a 61-49 win over Notre Dame of Hingham in the first round of the Magoun-Biggins Holiday tournament in Rockland.  Leading the way was freshman point guard Caroline Elie who despite having to cope with intense defensive pressure from the Lady Cougars found her way to the basket for a career high 23 points.  Danielle O’Brien had 12 points, Adiza Alasa had 10 points, Erika Ochenduszko had 9 and Hannah Wyllie put in 7 points.

Today the girls will see even more defensive pressure as they take on Wellesley at 4 pm in a re-match of last year’s Magoun-Biggins Holiday tournament finals that saw Wellesley take home the championship.  Wellesley defeated Stoughton yesterday 70-53.

Dogs Bounce Back Against Carver, Raise Banner For Kyra Rose

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Coach Mitchell discusses strategy with Hannah, Ashley and Lexi Murphy, Adiza Alasa and Sydney McKenna at the Carver game.

Coach Mitchell discusses strategy with Hannah, Ashley and Lexi Murphy, Adiza Alasa and Sydney McKenna at the Carver game.

December 22, 2016

After a tough loss on Tuesday night at Abington (56-82), the Lady Dogs bounced back with a convincing win of their own, 73-46, against Carver in Rockland.  The fast break produced numerous baskets for many players, including Danielle O’Brien who also lit up the gym with a WNBA distance three-pointer and two others for a total of 17 points.

Erika Ochenduszko had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Adiza Alasa hit double figures with 10 points, including some very solid play inside the lane.   The bench played a big part in the victory and swing player Sydney McKenna also hit double figures with 10 points.

At half-time, the Lady Dogs honored Kyra Rose by presenting her with the 1,000 point banner that will hang in the gym.  Rose’s name now stands beside  Rockland High School scoring legends including her own coach, Diana Mitchell.  For those curious about the comparative point totals, pictures of the banners are below.

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Once a Dog….

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Dec. 1, 2016

Several members of the girls varsity basketball team, along with Coaches Mitchell and Crawford and Athletic Director, Gary Graziano, made the long trip to Fitchburg tonight to see Fitchburg State University play Curry College in a women’s basketball game.  The main attraction in the game, a 71-61 win for Fitchburg, was the reunion of RHS 2016 captains, Kyra Rose and Caroline Kilduff.  Rose plays for the Fitchburg Falcons while Kilduff is a Curry Colonel.  The Colonels so far have a record of 2 wins and 5 losses.  The Falcons are 3-3.

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Caroline Kilduff has stepped right into the mix at Curry, averaging 21 minutes a game with 3.5 ppg and 5 rebounds.

Kyra Rose has been selected as  MASCAC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week for two weeks in a row.  Her average is 19.7 ppg with 6.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

Lady Dogs Begin Try-outs on Monday

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The RHS girls basketball team will begin practice and try-outs on Monday, Nov.28.  The girls will be working hard to get ready for their opening game at home against Duxbury on Dec. 12 in a non-league game.

Not that they haven’t been working hard in the off-season.  Most of the returning varsity team and many of the up and coming JV players all played together in summer leagues.

The Lady Dogs did well in the annual Stonehill College Summer Slam in which they came in first in the college division.  Summer Slam

Adiza Alasa goes up for a lay-up in the Stonehill Summer Slam. photo by Bob Whitney

Adiza Alasa goes up for a lay-up in the Stonehill Summer Slam. photo by Bob Whitney

Also below is the varsity and jv schedule for the season ahead. The league schedule will begin with the game at Abington on December 20.

Girls Basketball

Dec. 12       Duxbury

20      @      Abington

22               Carver

28               Wellesley/Stoughton (1:00)

28              Rockland/Notre Dame (4:00)

29               Consolation Game (1:00)

29               Championship Game (4:00)

Jan.   3      @      East Bridgewater

6               Cohasset

10    @      Middleboro

13               Norwell

16      @      Hull   (Jv 1:30 V 3:00)

18      @      Scituate

20               Randolph

24      @      Mashpee

27               East Bridgewater

31               Middleboro

Feb.  3      @      Norwell

8               open

10    @      Randolph

19      @      St. Mary’s Tourney  5:15 pm

20      @      St. Mary’s Tourney 2 pm or 7 pm

 

Kyra Rose named to All-Senior team; Stephen Norris and Joe Kimball also named to teams.

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Kyra Rose with Bo Ruggiero of the Mass. Basketball Coaches Association. photo by Mark Norris

Kyra Rose with Bo Ruggiero of the Mass. Basketball Coaches Association. photo by Mark Norris

Kyra Rose and Stephen Norris were named to the All Senior Team by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association!  Also taking home an award was Joe Kimball for South Sectional Boys All Academic Team.

Congratulations to Stephen Norris and Kyra Rose, named to the All-Senior Team by Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association.  photo by Mark Norris

Congratulations to Stephen Norris and Kyra Rose, named to the All-Senior Team by Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association. Five girls and five boys from throughout the State of Massachusetts were named to their respective teams. photo by Mark Norris

2016 All-Scholastics Announced by Enterprise

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13094353_1270425009639418_5799834891342926733_nKYRA ROSE

Rockland

The senior point guard was a three-year captain and started all four seasons, doing it all for the Bulldogs. … Averaged per game this season 13.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals. … Named the South Shore League Player of the Year for the second time in her career and is a four-time SSL All-Star. … Registered her 1,000th point this game against Cheshire, Conn. … Earned All-Tournament team honors at the Rockland Christmas Tournament and the St. Mary’s of Lynn Invitational Tournament. … Finished her career with 1,266 points. … A four-time Enterprise All-Scholastic in basketball. … Most memorable season moment was going undefeated in the South Shore League … Favorite athlete is Jae Crowder. … Favorite class is math and enjoys hanging out with friends. … Will play basketball at Bridgewater State University or Nichols College next year. … “Kyra is an amazing all-around player who has never taken a play off in practice or in a game. She leads by example and has truly developed into one of the hardest players to stop by working on every aspect of her game. A coach’s dream, as she has become a direct extension of myself on the court. She is a true game and program changer,” said head coach Diana Mitchell.

13062484_1270425036306082_5102793382152539215_nDANIELLE O’BRIEN

Rockland

In only her second season on varsity, the sophomore shooting guard made an impact. … Scored 8.4 points per game this season. … Made 42 3-pointers. … Earned South Shore League all-star honors. … Most memorable season moment was beating Abington at home. … Also plays soccer, softball, AAU basketball for Mass. Ducks and runs track. … Favorite athlete is Steph Curry. … Favorite class is math and enjoys skiing and wake boarding. … “Danielle has become, through a lot of offseason hard work, one of the best shooters on the south shore. Her shooting ability made a lot of teams have to stretch out their defense which gave us a great all-around offensive attack. With her work ethic and commitment to excellence I can’t wait to see what her offensive arsenal will look like come next season,” said head coach Diana Mitchell.

13124738_1270425012972751_2703411143282012377_nERIKA OCHENDUSZKO

Rockland

The 5-foot-11 sophomore forward is a two-year starter for the Bulldogs. … Recorded 8.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game this season. … Registered 12 double-digit rebound games, including grabbing 22 boards in a single game. … Earned South Shore League all-star honors. … A 2015 Enterprise All-Scholastic in basketball. … Most memorable season moment was assisting on Kyra Rose’s 1,000th point. … Also plays soccer, AAU basketball and runs track & field. … Coaches youth basketball and contributes to the unified sports team. … Favorite athlete is Breanna Stewart. … Favorite class is algebra and enjoys playing basketball. … “Erika’s length defensively and ability to play inside and outside caused many matchup issues for other teams. Looking forward to see her growth over the offseason and could be one of the hardest players to stop next year in the South Shore League,” said head coach Diana Mitchell.

13061952_1270425039639415_1671327397459782838_nMADDIE OLSEN

Rockland

The junior guard is a two-year starter for the Bulldogs. … Was second on the team in scoring, averaging 9.4 points per game. … Was also the team leader in steals with 2.9 steals per game. … Named a South Shore League All-Star. … Connected on 33 3-pointers this season, including hitting seven 3-pointers in Rockland’s first-round win over Dedham in the Division 3 South Sectional tournament. … “Maddie is our spark plug. She ignites our offense and defense with her contagious energy. She never takes a play off and leaves it all on the court every game. Our team leader in floor burns, she is one of the most exciting defensive players around to watch,” said head coach Diana Mitchell.

Banquet and Awards for Winter Athletics

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In a night filled with laughter and a few tears, coaches Diana Mitchell and Cait Elnitsky presented awards and recognized the girls on the varsity and junior varsity basketball teams. Coach Elnitsky told the jv girls they had a very good season (9 wins, 5 losses) and that they should work hard to take their game to the next level if they aspire to play on the varsity next year.

Coach Mitchell summarized the varsity season with statistics, including the team’s stinginess on defense in which they held opponents to 18.1 fewer points on average than the number of points they put up each game, (56 ppg vs. 37.9 ppg). In 19 out of 22 games the team scored over 50 points; 73 was their season high. Defensively, they held 13 teams under 40 points, and only 4 teams scored over 50 points.

Long range shooting was a definite strength as they scored 121 3s at 5.5 per game; they made at least 3 3’s every game.
Free throw shooting was not a strength as they made 215 shots out of 386 for 56%

Overall in four years of varsity play, the three seniors, Kyra Rose, Caroline Kilduff and Kiera Tobin-Rosman won 62 games, losing only 26.

More than statistics, however, Coach Mitchell also summarized the personality and contributions of each of the three seniors who led the program for four years and brought respect and recognition to Rockland High School with their talent and dedicated work ethic.

Each of the varsity girls were presented with a championship plaque and championship jackets, compliments of the Boosters. Kyra Rose received a basketball signifying her 1000th point.

Kyra Rose Named MVP of All-Star Game

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Rockland's All-Stars-- Kyra Rose, Erika Ochenduszko, Diana Mitchell, Danielle O'Brien and Maddie Olsen.

Rockland’s All-Stars– Kyra Rose, Erika Ochenduszko, Diana Mitchell, Danielle O’Brien and Maddie Olsen.

Four Rockland players donned their Lady Bulldog jerseys for one last time this winter as they participated in the SSL All-Star game in Norwell on March 15. Kyra Rose, Maddie Olsen, Erika Ochenduszko and Danielle O’Brien all played well in the friendly game which saw three Rockland players on one side and one on the other.

Coach Diana Mitchell as coach of the Sullivan Division’s championship team coached one side while the Monomoy coach led their opponents.

Kyra Rose received one more accolade as she wound up her career as a Lady Bulldog — MVP of the SSL All-Star Game.  Rose’s team, a mix of players from Norwell, Abington, Hull, Randolph and Rockland came away with a victory against their opponents, another mix of players from Rockland, Abington, Carver, Monomoy, Mashpee,  East Bridgewater and Cohasset.

All-stars on the winning side!

All-stars on the winning side!

Coach Mitchell watches from the sideline while Maddie Olsen loses her water bottle.

Coach Mitchell watches from the sideline while Maddie Olsen loses her water bottle.

It was a fun game that saw plenty of fast breaks, 3 point baskets and excellent passes, especially by Rose whose favorite targets were her “teammates” from Norwell.

Danielle O'Brien hits a three pointer during the All-Star game.

Danielle O’Brien hits a three pointer during the All-Star game.

Cousins Jenny Worden and Erika Ochenduszko were teammates for a night! It was a great way to officially end the season!

Erika and Jenny

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The 2015-2016 South Shore League All-Stars

March – The Cruelest Month

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T.S. Eliot in his poem “The Waste Land” called “April… the cruellest month.”  It’s not that I disagree with Eliot.  But for high school basketball players, coaches and fans, March can be the cruelest month –especially for the senior high school basketball player.

It is in March that the seniors’ seasons and high school basketball careers inevitably come to an abrupt halt — it’s when March madness turns into March sadness.

Kyra Rose, Caroline Kilduff and Kiera Tobin-Rosman

Kyra Rose, Caroline Kilduff and Kiera Tobin-Rosman

For the Lady Dogs’ basketball team and particularly its three seniors: Kiera Tobin-Rosman, Caroline Kilduff and Kyra Rose, the inevitable end came Friday night, March 4, as the Archbishop Williams Lady Bishops put a stop to the Rockland girls’  dream of a quarterfinal win at home, and their ultimate dream of a trip to the Sectional and State Finals. It was a year to the day since the Lady Bishops had defeated the Lady Dogs in the tournament semifinals. This year the game was much closer, 60-55, but that really didn’t offer much consolation.

The game was lost in one quarter, the 2nd. After leading 12-6 at the end of one quarter, Rockland saw Archies outscore them 21-6 in the second quarter, giving the visitors a 27-18 lead at the half.

Rockland played the Bishops even in the third quarter, but could not make any headway until late in the fourth quarter when, down by as many as 14 (50-36), Rockland went on a 19-6 run to climb all the way back to 56-55 with 44 seconds left. Bulldog Nation went wild and the tide seemed to have turned. But, as time wound down, Rockland, needing to foul, put the Bishops on the line. This gave Rockland three chances to narrow the margin, but the Lady Dogs couldn’t convert from the arc or underneath and the Bishops’ last trip to the foul line gave them their five point edge.

Kyra Rose had 27 points against Archbishop Williams. photo Rockland High Sports.

Kyra Rose had 27 points against Archbishop Williams.  She ended the year with 305 total points and 1,268 for her career.  photo Rockland High Sports.

It was a tough way to go out.  Kyra Rose, once again, fought through double-teams and un-called fouls to hit for 27 points, including 11 for 14 from the free throw line.  Caroline Kilduff gave it her all underneath the hoop, scoring six and grabbing nine rebounds with two assists, and Kiera Tobin-Rosman helped spark the furious comeback in the fourth quarter.

Erika Ochenduszko had 13 points and 13 rebounds giving Rockland a rebounding edge and Maddie Olsen got 8 points, two assists and three steals. In the beginning of the second quarter Adiza Alasa went down with an injury which shortened the bench considerably for the Lady Dogs.

And so, the 2015-2016 season has ended. But one last chance to see some of the Lady Dogs in action will be in the All-Star game slated for March 15 in Norwell at 5 pm.

Until then it’s time for reflection on the accomplishments that this team had, and how this “winter [they] kept us warm.”

First, for the first time in decades, the Lady Dogs ran their way to an undefeated South Shore League title, defeating their rival neighbors, Abington and Norwell two times each in relatively easy, but exciting games.

Second, in the very competitive Spartan Classic during February Vacation, Rockland won the first game beating up on D3 West tournament semifinalist, Hoosac Valley and competing well with D3 North power, St. Mary’s of Lynn.

Third, in their last two games of the regular season they beat two tough D2 teams. First was Hingham in an exciting rematch which saw Rockland mount a great second half comeback, making it one of the most exciting games of the year.  And on Senior Night they defeated a tough Scituate team 54-39 in a tune-up before tournament.

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Caroline Kilduff against Dedham in the first round of the tournament.

Kiera Tobin-Rosman photo by Paul Gilbrook

Kiera Tobin-Rosman photo by Paul Gilbrook

Fourth, Kyra Rose scored her 1,000th career point on Dec. 28 against Cheshire CT, and was voted Player of the Year in the South Shore League for the second time (the first was her sophomore year).  She was a SSL All Star for all four years.  With 27 points in her last game, she wound up with 305 points this year; her four year total is 1,268 points.

It's all about defense!

It’s all about defense for the Lady Dogs against Abington. Danielle O’Brien (3) Maddie Olsen, and Erika Ochenduszko made the SSL all-star team.

Fifth, the girls had four SSL All-Stars (Maddie Olsen, Danielle O’Brien, Erika Ochenduszko and Kyra Rose) and were a great team. Coach Mitchell was voted Coach of the Year in the SSL.

Through all of their practices, bus rides, team dinners  and games, these girls, led by their senior captains, celebrated their companionship, their milestones and their exciting brand of basketball that was so much fun to watch! Their record of 18-4 is one of the best in history.

As an asst. coach, I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this four year ride of the seniors and of Coach Mitchell.  It’s always disappointing when it ends, but the memories I’ve shared with this team, in summer leagues, Stonehill tournaments and the regular season itself, will stand out as really special. Of course,  Lady Bulldog basketball is something special.

After the last game, Coach Mitchell, fighting back tears, told her players, particularly her seniors, that she would not trade them for any other players from any other team — such is their bond as a team, and their heart and passion for the game.

Good luck to the seniors; their talent, spirit and dedication have made us all proud.

“Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.”

 

 

Rematch With Archies on Friday

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It was Hawaiian Night as Bulldog Nation came out to support the girls basketball team. photo Patriot Ledger

The Rockland girls basketball team easily defeated Dedham on Wednesday night in Rockland by a score of 67-31 in the opening round of the D3 postseason tournament.

Danielle O'Brien fights for the ball against Dedham. photo by David Melia, Patriot Ledger

Danielle O’Brien fights for the ball against Dedham. photo by David Melia, Patriot Ledger

#15 Dedham was clearly no match for the Lady Dogs who were led by the shooting of junior Maddie Olsen  who had 24 points on the night, including seven conversions from beyond the arc.

Maddie Olsen knocks down a three point shot. photo Patriot Ledger

Maddie Olsen knocks down a three point shot. photo Patriot Ledger

Freshman Adiza Alasa came off the bench to get 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Senior captain Caroline Kilduff chipped in 6 points, four rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist.  Senior captain Kyra Rose had three steals, 8 points, three rebounds, two assists and a block.

All the starters were solid on this night- and got plenty of rest, as all the Lady Dogs saw action in this tune-up for the biggest game of the season so far –  Friday night’s rematch with Archbishop Williams, the team that knocked Rockland out in the semi-finals at Massasoit last year.

To say that Rockland has been waiting for their private school opponent all year might not be totally true, but now that the time has come, they will be  ready.  With four starters back for Rockland and three Division 1 or 2 recruits gone for Archies, the scales are now tipped in a more positive direction; Archbishop Williams defeated Bourne in their first round game, 76-32.

Coach Mitchell said to the Patriot Ledger: “Being disciplined on defense and knowing our matchups and our player personnel is what I focus on in the second round,” said Mitchell. “We need everyone to be all in. We can’t take one possession off, offensively or defensively, from here on out.”

The game on Friday night will be a Dog fight, one you do not want to miss.  Get to the Dog Pound early!

Tournament Bound Lady Dogs Receive Recognition

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Kiera Tobin-Rosman, Caroline Kilduff and Kyra Rose with their families on Senior Night. photo by Paul Gilbrook

Kiera Tobin-Rosman, Caroline Kilduff and Kyra Rose with their families on Senior Night. photo by Paul Gilbrook

The Lady Dogs wrapped up the regular season last Monday (2/22) with a convincing win at home against Scituate, 54-39.  In the game Maddie Olsen led the scoring with 15 points.

Kiera Tobin-Rosman photo by Paul Gilbrook

Kiera Tobin-Rosman photo by Paul Gilbrook

It was also Senior Night and the three seniors, Caroline Kilduff, Kyra Rose and Kiera Tobin-Rosman, were honored before the game for their outstanding contributions to the Rockland girls program.  Coach Mitchell cited the fact that in their four years they were instrumental in building the girls program into a powerhouse in the South Shore League. Not only did the Lady Dogs have the best record in the entire SSL, but they also went undefeated in the league.  It’s been quite awhile since a Rockland team has run through their league schedule with an unblemished record.

Caroline Kilduff against Scituate on Senior Night photo by Paul Gilbrook

Caroline Kilduff against Scituate on Senior Night photo by Paul Gilbrook

Later in the week the Lady Dogs learned that they will be facing Dedham at home on Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30.  This game will be the opening round of the MIAA tournament as Rockland with 17 wins and 3 losses earned the #2 seed behind Hanover at #1.  Dedham is the #15 seed with an overall record of 4-16.  Dedham earned a tournament berth via the Sullivan rule, meaning they went at least .500 against Division 3 teams on their schedule. Looking at Dedham’s schedule, they play in the tough Bay State League.  Common opponents of Dedham and Rockland were Wellesley and Randolph.  Just as the Lady Dogs did, they lost to Wellesley and defeated Randolph; the take-away from that is that the Lady Dogs will not be taking Dedham lightly no matter what their overall record is.

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On Friday, SSL coaches held their annual meeting to select all-stars and the news was good!  Four Lady Dogs were selected to the team: Kyra Rose, Maddie Olsen, Danielle O’Brien and Erika Ochenduszko.

Maddie Olsen is one of four Rockland All-Stars

Maddie Olsen is one of four Rockland All-Stars

In addition, Kyra Rose was selected Player of the Year, an honor she received two years ago as a sophomore. (Abington’s Jen Worden received the honor last year).  Kyra has been selected to the all-star team all four years of her high school career.

Kyra Rose on Senior Night against Scituate photo by Paul Gilbrook

Kyra Rose on Senior Night against Scituate photo by Paul Gilbrook

Another honor shared by the entire team included being voted second for the Sportsmanship Award. The Hull Lady Pirates took first place honors.

Also, Coach Diana Mitchell received the SSL’s Coach of the Year Award! Mitchell’s hard work and dedication to the program has reaped rewards and this honor attests to that.

Congratulations to all the girls for all their honors and good luck on Wednesday against Dedham in the first round of the tournament.

 

 

Rockland goes 2-1 during vacation

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Erika Ochenduszko against St. Mary’s on Feb. 15. Photo by Paul Gilbrook

On Feb. 15, the Rockland girls basketball team lost to the girls from St. Mary’s Lynn in the championship round of the Spartan Classic. The score was 56-44. The Lady Dogs got down early and went into half-time down by 7. They could never make up the difference against the talented Lady Spartans on their home court.

Kyra Rose was named to the all-tournament team for her play in both the championship and opening game on Sunday night. In that game against Hoosac Valley, the Lady Dogs turned in an outstanding performance in the second half, shutting down their offense. Danielle O’Brien regained her shooting touch and followed Rose’s 19 points with 13 in the Hoosac game.

In the championship game, the Lady Dogs were uncharacteristically tentative for a great deal of the night. With any loss, lessons can be taken away and if anything they learned that they need to control things more with uptempo and aggressive play, rather than being back on their heels as they were at times.

On Wednesday night, Feb. 17 at Hingham the girls played in an important non-league game, a rematch against a team that spoiled their season opener back on Dec. 13. Rockland won 52-45 after being down 26-20 at half-time. Leading the second half charge was junior Maddie Olsen whose aggressive defense wreaked havoc on a Hingham offense that had looked like a well-oiled machine in the first half. Meanwhile Kyra Rose did what she does best: consistently discovered any seam in the Hingham defense on her way to scoring a season high 30 points. Caroline Kilduff scored 13 points and was solid inside, rebounding and playing good position defense. It was a good time for her to turn in her best overall performance of the year.

kyra, caroline and ktrTonight is Senior Night and it will be another big game for the girls. A win against Scituate will guarantee their spot in 2nd place in the D3 rankings along with two home games. The girls want to close out the regular season strong and give the seniors a win on their night.

South Shore League Final Standings are out with the Lady Dogs on top of the Sullivan Division!

Sullivan Division
Team             Wins            Losses          League Wins          League Losses
Rockland         16                   3                      13                                  0
Norwell            11                    3                      11                                  2
Abington           10                   6                       8                                  4
EB                      4                   13                      4                                  9
Randolph           2                   14                      0                                 12

Name                       School          Games             Points            Average
Nattaly David        Randolph        16                     367                22.94
Jen Worden          Abington         16                     356                22.25
Kyra Rose             Rockland         16                     188                11.75
Maddie Olsen        Rockland         16                     164                10.25
Jackie Gavin          EB                   17                     170                10.00
Caroline Plansky Norwell              15                     149                  9.93
Danielle O’Brien Rockland            16                     149                 9.31

Girls’ Tobin Division
Team                                 Wins Losses    League Wins     League Losses
Cohasset                             11            7                  7                        5
Monomoy                              9             8                  6                       5
Hull                                       8             8                   5                       6
Carver                                   9            10                  5                       8
Mashpee                              6             12                  3                       9

Name                                School            Games         Points          Average
Jordan Hue                      Mashpee            17                256              15.06
Geia Alverio                      Monomoy           11                 125              11.36
Meg Rosano                     Cohasset            18                 162              9.00
Mackenzie Walsh             Hull                     16                 131               8.19
Emily Rosano                    Cohasset            17                 136               8

They did it!!

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League Champions have been the norm rather than the exception in Lady Dogs history: one error the 2001 team did not win a championship but the 2007 team did.

League Champions have been the norm rather than the exception in Lady Dogs history.

 

With their 50-46 victory over Norwell on Tuesday night the Lady Dogs have captured a league championship for the first time in eight years!  Not only that but they have not lost a league game and with only one more league game to play tonight against Randolph, it looks like they will be the first team to go undefeated in league play for a long time.

Norwell game photos by Paul Gilbrook

Game results and 2015-2016 schedule.

The Lady Dogs still have four non-league games to play:

They will travel to St. Mary’s in Lynn on Sunday and Monday to participate in a very competitive tournament.  In the opening round Rockland will take on Hoosac Valley at 5:15.  Host St. Mary’s will play Martha’s Vineyard at 7:00. On Monday, depending on Sunday’s result, Rockland would play either at 2:00 pm (consolation) or 7:00 pm (championship round).

Spartan Classic at St. Mary’s Lynn

Rockland will also play at Hingham at 6:30 on Weds. Feb. 17.  This is a rematch and the Lady Dogs will be looking to avenge their opening game loss to the Harborwomen.

On Monday night, Feb. 22, the Rockland girls will wrap up their regular schedule with a home game against Scituate.  This will be Senior Night for the Lady Dogs.

These games will determine the girls’ seeding in the Division 3 South tournament.  Right now they are #2 behind Hanover, but there is a long way to go until Feb. 26 when the tournament pairings will be announced.

 

Big Week Ahead for Lady Dogs

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It's all about defense!

It’s all about defense!

Adiza Alasa, Veritas Staff

The RHS girls’ basketball team with a record of 11-2 (10-0 in the league) is heading into a big week. They are looking to stay on top of the league and just about assure themselves a league championship by the end of this week.

Tonight the Lady Dogs will travel to Abington for a 6:30 matchup against the Green Wave (9-5, 7-3 in the league).  Abington will be seeking revenge on the Dogs after their 58-42 loss at Rockland High School.

Friday night, the girls will take on the Norwell Clippers whose only league loss is to Rockland after a 54-34 game at Norwell.  The winner of that game could be the 2015-2016 South Shore League Champion or co-Champ, depending on how each team does on Tuesday night.

Coach Diana Mitchell has been working toward her goal of a league championship since the start of her coaching career. Miss Mitchell credits the team’s success to the hard work of the seniors and the four returning starters. The defensive effort of the team as a whole and in particular from sophomore Danielle O’Brien and junior Maddie Olsen have been key to winning games.

Recent 1000 point scorer, senior co-captain, Kyra Rose has been instrumental in the previous wins over league rivals scoring 24 points against Abington and 28 against Norwell.  She said she and the team are fueled by high expectations, especially from the coaches.

Sophomore Erika Ochenduszko believes both the team’s chemistry and their ability to fill roles have been instrumental in their wins.

The girls are looking for Bulldog Nation’s support in their big week ahead, especially on Friday night at home.

Girls Qualify For Postseason With Win

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The Lady Dogs won their tenth game and accomplished one of their goals last night with their 62-30 win over Mashpee: tournament qualification!

This is the fourth year in a row that the Lady Dogs have qualified under Coach Diana Mitchell; this also will be the seniors’ fourth trip to the tournament as well. Last year Rockland made it to the South Semifinals where they lost to eventual State Champion, Archbishop Williams. Of course, it’s still a month away and way too early for predictions and match-ups.  Suffice it to say that the team would like to take the next step in their tournament progression.

Captains Kyra Rose, Caroline Kilduff, Kiera Tobin-Rosman and Coach Diana Mitchell.

Captains Kyra Rose, Caroline Kilduff, Kiera Tobin-Rosman and Coach Diana Mitchell.

 

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Maddie Olsen led the way last night against Mashpee with 23 points.

In last night’s win Maddie Olsen led the way with 23 points and 5 steals.  Adiza Alasa had 11 points and 6 rebounds.  Nine out of ten Lady Dogs got into the scoring column in the complete team victory,  much like last Friday night’s win over Randolph.

As for this season, this is the girls seventh win in a row and represents another step in their quest to get to a league championship.  There are more steps ahead, but none bigger, as they say, than the next game.

That game will be with East Bridgewater at EB on Friday night and as always, despite an easy win last time at home, the Lady Dogs are not thinking this one will be a gimme, especially with EB’s coaching change that has brought RHS’ own Sandy Lombardi to the helm as head coach.   As a social studies teacher at RHS (and a Lady Dogs follower) Ms. Lombardi knows the dynamics of the Rockland girls’ team.  Coach Mitchell is sure that she will need to have her team ready if they want to get out of EB with a win.

Some have asked about the tournament records of previous girls’ basketball teams at RHS.  For info on the history of RHS girls basketball tournament appearances go to our History tab on the home page or click here.

 

 

 

 

 

On To Norwell

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Kyra Rose led the Lady Dogs to the win.

The girls’ basketball team’s big win on Tuesday night at home against Abington makes their match-up with Norwell on Friday night even more important.  Norwell’s record is the same as Rockland’s: 5-0 in league play.

The game on Tuesday night against Abington saw the re-emergence of senior captain, Kyra Rose as the team’s leader.  Rose was virtually unstoppable, scoring 24 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists.  Her experience and leadership were paramount in this win.

But she also had lots of help.

Maddie Olsen, given the task of guarding 1,000 point scorer Jenny Worden, did a great job.  She, also with help from her teammates, held the All-Scholastic junior to 9 points

One of those teammates was sophomore Danielle O’Brien who played well in the overall defensive game plan.

It's all about defense!

It’s all about defense!

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Freshman Adiza Alasa provided a spark off the bench.        photos by Paul Gilbrook

Another was freshman Adiza Alasa who came off the bench and played with inspiration and intensity pulling down four rebounds and getting three steals; it was just what the Lady Dogs needed with a key starter in foul trouble. Erika Ochenduszko was a major factor on the boards as she hauled in eleven rebounds and chipped in with six points.

The game began with plenty of jitters as the Lady Dogs found themselves behind, 15-11, at the end of 1.  But they battled back to a 27-27 tie at the end of the half.

Emerging from half-time the Bulldog’s scorers caught fire.  The Lady Dogs, down 29-30 in the third quarter, went on a 21-2 run to end the third ahead, 50-32. O’Brien and Rose each hit three three pointers  in the run and with the defensive game plan going well, the Lady Dogs  pulled away from the Green Wave.

The Lady Dogs held Abington at bay in the fourth quarter and coasted to the 58-42 win.

Now they prepare for the trip to Norwell where wins have been difficult to come by in the past.  The girls will have to withstand Norwell’s trademark defense themselves.  But if they continue with their own game plan: intensity and  team defense, control of the boards, and composure and good shot selection on offense, they hope to successfully continue on the path to a league title.

 

Lady Dogs prepare for big week ahead

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Erika  Ochenduszko       Rockland High Sports photo

Tonight will begin a big week for the Lady Dogs that will determine who will be on top of the South Shore League’s Sullivan Division half-way through the schedule.

The Lady Dogs will face Abington on Tuesday night at home and Norwell in Norwell Friday night.  Abington is the defending South Shore League champion and has just one league loss so far, to Norwell.  Norwell is undefeated in league play as are the Lady Dogs.

The game with Abington will bring two 1,000 point scorers head to head.  Rockland’s Kyra Rose and Abington’s Jenny Worden  reached their milestones two days apart in separate Christmas tournaments two weeks ago.

Last week Rockland came away with two fairly easy victories agains East Bridgewater on Tuesday,  Jan. 5,  66 to 34, and Cohasset on Friday night, 50 to 36..  The number 17 appeared to be a lucky one as Maddie Olsen led the way on Tuesday with 17 points while Erika Ochenduszko and Danielle O’Brien each hit for 17 points at Cohasset on Friday night.

The Lady Dogs record is now 5-2 and 4-0 in the league.

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Danielle O’Brien  photo courtesy Mrs. O’Brien

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Maddie Olsen  Rockland High Sports photo

Alumni Day for Lady Dogs: Once a Dog, Always a Dog!

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On Wednesday, Dec. 30 some of the alumni from Coach Mitchell’s last three years came back to RHS to participate in a scrimmage with this year’s team. It was a surprise for Coach Mitchell and was organized by Caroline Kilduff and the rest of the girls on this year’s team. Many of the alumni had been in the gym on Monday night to celebrate with Kyra Rose, their former teammate as she reached her 1000th career point milestone. Today was a day to relive some of their past moments together and to get a good work-out. Once a Dog, always a Dog!!!

Big Night for Lady Dogs

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The Lady Dogs’ defensive pressure led to an easy victory against Cheshire Ct. last night in the second girls game of the Rockland Christmas tournament.  The final score was 55 to 24.  The girls took a 36-10 lead into the locker room at half-time, thanks to their defense and five 3’s in the half.

Erika Oschenduszko led the scoring with 16 points but it was her assist in the beginning of the second half that provided the highlight of the evening.  That assist led to Kyra Rose’s lay-up on a set play which also happened to be the 999 and 1000th points of her career!

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Kyra Rose goes up for her 1,000th point.

Kyra Rose goes up for her 1,000th point.

The game was halted for a brief ceremony to honor the senior All-Star and South Shore League MVP.  Rose needed eight points to achieve her milestone and had the enthusiastic crowd on the edge of their seats with each of her shots.  She finished up the night with 8 points, 8 assists, 4 steals and 6 rebounds.

Kyra Rose with her family

Kyra Rose with her family

Coach Diana Mitchell was happy to play her bench for most of the second half in anticipation of a tough contest tonight against first round winner Wellesley High School.  Wellesley easily beat Notre Dame in the 1:00 game.

Adiza Alasa gets off a shot against Cheshire. photos by Rockland High Sports

Adiza Alasa

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Ashley Murphy goes around a Cheshire defender. photos by Mark Norris, Rockland High School Sports.

Today, the Lady Dogs will go for the championship at 5:00.  The boys will play against Dartmouth at 7:00 in the championship, having defeated Waltham last night.

Rockland Girls Gain Wins at Carver

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Danielle O’Brien at Carver; Danielle had 10 points including 2 3 point baskets against Carver. photo by Karen Trocki-O’Brien

The girls varsity and JV basketball teams both brought home wins on Tues, night after traveling to Carver for a South Shore League game. The varsity’s final score was 53-37.

The varsity stats included four players recording double figure scoring: Erika Ochenduszko led the way with 13 points, Kiera Tobin-Rosman had 12, Kyra Rose had 11 and Danielle O’Brien recorded 10 points.

Erika Oschenduszko

Erika Ochenduszko

Additionally, Ochenduszko had 13 rebounds and Rose had 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals.  Maddie Olsen had 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

The varsity got off to a slow start but still led at the end of 1 by a 10-6 score.  Their second quarter put distance between them and the Lady Crusaders, as Rockland outscored Carver 16-7 and took a 26 to 13 lead into the half-time break.

A 16-9 margin in the 3rd period gave the Lady Dogs a 42-22 edge at the end of 3 periods; Carver outscored the Dogs 15 to 11 with most of the Rockland starters on the bench.

The final score was 53-37 and gives the Lady Dogs a 2-1 record (2-0 league) going into the Dogs’ Boys and Girls’ Christmas Tournament next week on Monday, Dec. 28 and 29.

Rockland will play Cheshire CT at 5:00 on Monday; The girls’ consolation  is 1 pm on Tuesday while the girls’ championship game will be at 5:00.

Captains Kyra Rose, Caroline Kilduff, Kiera Tobin-Rosman and Coach Diana Mitchell.

Captains Kyra Rose, Caroline Kilduff, Kiera Tobin-Rosman and Coach Diana Mitchell.

Senior captain Kyra Rose’s 11 points on Tuesday night brought her career total to 992 points;  if all goes well she will score her 1,000th career point on Monday evening at home against Cheshire, CT.  Again, the game is at 5:00 pm.

Mark your calendar: The 2015-16 Lady Dogs’ Schedule is out

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Varsity Schedule

Dec. 11    Hingham

Dec. 18    @ Monomoy

Dec. 22    @ Carver

Dec. 28 and 29    Christmas Tournament

Dec. 28  Wellesley vs. Notre Dame (1:00)

Rockland vs. Cheshire CT (5:00)

Dec. 29  Consolation Game: Cheshire vs. Notre Dame (1:00)

Championship Game: Rockland vs. Wellesley (5:00)

Jan. 5    East Bridgewater

Jan. 8    @ Cohasset

Jan. 12   Abington

Jan. 15   @ Norwell

Jan. 19   Hull

Jan. 22   @ Randolph

Jan. 26   Mashpee

Jan. 29   @ EB

Feb. 2     @Abington

Feb. 5     Norwell

Feb. 12   Randolph

Feb. 14   @ St. Mary’s Lynn

Feb.  15  @ St. Mary’s TBA

Feb. 17   @ Hingham

Feb. 22   Scituate

 

Rose and Farrell to play in All-Star Game Thursday in Norwell

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Junior Kyra Rose and senior Lauren Farrell will represent the Lady Dogs in the Girls South Shore League All-Star game on Thursday at 5 pm in Norwell.

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Kyra Rose fights off Archbishop Williams center in the semifinals at Massasoit. Patriot Ledger photo.

Kyra Rose led the Lady Dogs in scoring once again this year with a  15.8 ppg. average and 347 total points.  As great a scorer as she is, she also excels at finding and setting up her teammates with her accurate and often uncanny passes. She had 5.7 assists per game and averaged 8.5 rebounds per game. Rose has 961 career points in three years as a starter for the girls.

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Lauren Farrell drives to the hoop against Bishop Stang in quarterfinal game in Rockland. photo by Rockland High Sports

Senior Lauren Farrell has been in the starting five for the Lady Dogs for two years.  A consistent, reliable guard/forward Farrell averaged 4.77 ppg. (105 total for the year) and shot 62% from the free throw line.  She averaged 3.5 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists.  Lauren could be counted on to take the ball to the hoop and to come up with the big steal when needed.  Her reliability and consistency will be hard to replace next year.

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Erika Ochenduszko goes to the hoop against Archbishop Williams. photo by Kelley Reale

Freshman Erika Ochenduszko will participate in the three point shooting contest for the Lady Dogs at half-time of the game.  Erika had a great rookie season, averaging 8.9 ppg. (196 total).

Kyra Rose will compete in the free throw shooting contest at 4:15 pm.

Good luck to the Lady Dogs at the All-Star festivities. See you in Norwell!

Lady Dogs Don’t Go Easy in Semifinal Round

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If it had been a sixteen minute game, it would have gone down as THE greatest moment in the history of RHS Lady Bulldog basketball.

Starting with Bulldog Nation’s singing of the National Anthem and the awesome support of those cheering for an upset, it looked like the upset could happen.  Maybe those feisty underdogs from Rockland, the D3 public school,  could really pull off a win against the obscenely loaded line-up from Archbishop Williams, the D1 look-a-like private school.

Bulldog Nation supports the Lady Dogs

Bulldog Nation supports the Lady Dogs

If you weren’t there on Wednesday night, March 4 at Massasoit, here’s what happened.

Playing with the fearlessness and confidence that two previous tournament wins against Coyle and Stang had given them, the Rockland girls came out with intensity against Archbishop Williams, putting the Lady Bishops on their heels and taking an early eight point lead.   Freshman Danielle O’Brien hit three threes in the first quarter and Maddie Olsen hit one, while the rest of the team went inside against the taller Bishop forwards, drawing important fouls and converting on the foul line.  The Bishops tried to fight back and went up by one, but Kyra Rose got two at the buzzer and the Lady Dogs were ahead 26-25 at the end of the half with Bulldog Nation in a frenzy of enthusiasm.

Coming out in the 2nd half, the Lady Bishops, with their new found respect for Rockland’s talent and grit, went to their Division 1 college recruits,  Gilmer and Williams.  While Rockland kept the pressure on, fast break baskets and Bulldog shots that would not fall  keyed the Lady Bishops’ runs and stymied any hopes of an upset for the Lady Dogs. The final score was 62 to 44.

Junior Kyra Rose finished the night and another great year with 20 points; freshman Erika Ochenduszko had seven and O’Brien had nine.

Seniors Kara Penney, Molly McDonough, Lauren Farrell and Kallie Morss.  photo by Kelley Reale

Seniors Kara Penney, Molly McDonough, Lauren Farrell and Kallie Morss. photo by Kelley Reale

To say the seniors should hold their heads high is an understatement.  What Kara Penney, Lauren Farrell, Kallie Morss and Molly McDonough provided to the girls basketball program with their four year commitment was a trip back to the South Sectional Semifinals after a 15 year drought.  Even more the seniors were fun to be around; they are a great group who have endured a lot of heartache this year but who left it all on the floor every day in practices and games.  They will be missed.

Coach Mitchell had this to say to a reporter after the game: “I could not be happier with the effort they put in, day in and day out. They are a great group of kids, on and off the court. For the season to come to an end is tough, but we’ll be back.”

 

Celebrating their win against Bishop Stang

Celebrating their win against Bishop Stang

 

 

 

March Madness at RHS: Rockland Girls In Semifinals

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The Rockland girls basketball team will be at Massasoit in Brockton on Wednesday night at 6 pm as they face Archbishop Williams in the Division 3 South Sectional Semifinals.

To become one of the top four in D3 South the girls had to defeat a tough team from Bishop Stang High School on Friday night, Feb. 27. The final score was 51-40.  It was a great game and the Lady Dogs sparkled on defense once again, perhaps inspired by their home court advantage, an advantage well earned with the number three seed in the tournament. Team manager Adiza Alasa was instrumental in keeping  the crowd pumped up throughout the game.

The first half looked like it would be all Rockland as they jumped out to an 11-4 lead but Stang chipped away and the score at half-time was 15-12. Despite the fact that the Lady Dogs had allowed Stang to get close, they were buoyed by the fact that they had only allowed 12 first half points and were determined to continue the trend in the second half.

Junior Caroline Kilduff was a force on the boards against Bishop Stang.  photos Rockland High Sports

Junior Caroline Kilduff was a force on the boards against Bishop Stang. photos Rockland High Sports

In the second half the Dogs owned the boards and no one was better than junior Caroline Kilduff who had eight third quarter points, most on offensive rebounds.  She had ten points in all, and Kyra Rose stepped up as well with 16 points including nine out of ten free throws in the second half as the Lady Spartans tried to climb back into the game.  Maddie Olsen led the team defensively helped out by Lauren Farrell, Molly McDonough, Danielle O’Brien and Kallie Morss.  Erika Ochenduszko had another strong game as well.

Sophomore Maddie Olsen gets to the hoop against Stang.

Sophomore Maddie Olsen gets to the hoop against Stang.

This is Rockland’s first appearance in the South Semifinals since 2000, the year they went on to capture the State Title.  Coach Mitchell will surely tell the girls what to expect as she captained that team.

Heading in to this game, our Lady Dogs will look to be just as stingy on defense as they have been in the first two rounds; the word is that Bulldog Nation will be out in full force to bring the important “home court advantage” to Massasoit at 6 pm.

Good luck Lady Dogs!

Lady Dogs Advance

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Kyra Rose led the Lady Dogs with 23 points, and 12 rebounds. photo by Rockland High Sports

Kyra Rose led the Lady Dogs with 23 points, and 12 rebounds. photo by Rockland High Sports

The Lady Dogs advanced to the second round of the tournament with a 43-40 win over Coyle Cassidy High School last night.  Inspired by a loud, enthusiastic Bulldog Nation the Lady Dogs came out with swarming defense and had Coyle on its heels for most of the first quarter and part of the second, taking a 3 point lead into the half 18-15.

The second half saw Coyle take the lead while Rockland’s offense sputtered as they missed numerous chances to score on lay-ups and foul shots.

Kyra Rose and Kallie Morss, however, put the team on their backs, rebounding and getting into the paint. The rest of the team’s efforts inside caused Coyle to lose their best shooter early in the fourth quarter to fouls.

Still the Lady Dogs could not separate themselves from the Lady Warriors. Erika Ochenduszko hit a free throw late to make the score 41-39 but with 17 seconds to go and a Coyle player on the foul line, it looked like the game could go into OT. She sank the first but the second one missed.  That’s when Kyra Rose made two free throws to give the Bulldogs the final 43-40 lead.

Bishop Stang the 11th seed, winners over Carver 59-48, will be the next opponent in the quarterfinals in Rockland at 6:30 on Friday night.

Fans will have to choose between this game and the hockey team’s first round game at the Bog against Norwell which was slated originally for Saturday but unfortunately moved to Friday night at 7 pm.

 

 

Rockland Girls Are Ready For First Round Home Game

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The Rockland girls are ready for their first round tournament game tonight!

The Rockland girls are ready for their first round tournament game tonight!

The Rockland Girls Basketball Team completed its practice yesterday in preparation for their first round game against Coyle-Cassidy at home at 6:30 pm tonight.

The girls are seeded third in the Division 3 South brackets and worked hard all season to gain a home court advantage in the first rounds of the tournament.

Coyle, seeded in the 14th spot will be a tough opponent as their 10-10 record includes two wins against Norwell.  Rockland split the series with Norwell, winning at home but dropping the second game.

Coach Mitchell is confident that the rest and preparation during vacation along with the inspired play of her girls in the last  several games of the season will carry through to the tournament.  Look for the Lady Dogs to come out running on offense while applying their intense full-court pressure on defense.

It’s White-Out time at the Dog Pound so get there early!

Tournament Schedule and Pairings

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The tournament pairings have been announced and the Lady Dogs will open up at home on Wednesday night at 6:30 vs. Coyle-Cassidy High School of Taunton.  Rockland was seeded third and Coyle was fourteenth.  Coyle at 10-10 plays a strong schedule; two of their wins came against Norwell.

 

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The winner of the game will play on Friday night against either Carver or Bishop Stang.

Lady Dogs Celebrate Senior Night with Convincing Win

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Seniors Molly McDonough (left) and Lauren Farrell (right) celebrate with sophomore Maddie Olsen after the game last night.

Seniors Molly McDonough (left) and Lauren Farrell (right) celebrate with sophomore Maddie Olsen after the game last night.  Check out the Photo Gallery with Kelley Reale’s photos of the pre-game ceremony honoring our four seniors.

February 17, 2015

The Lady Dogs completed their regular season with a convincing 57-37 victory over North Quincy.  With the win the girls locked up the #3 or #4 seed in the D3 South seeding, assuring themselves home games in the first two rounds of the tournament.

Sophomore Maddie Olsen and freshman Danielle O’Brien scored 15 while senior Molly McDonough added 12 points. Seniors Kallie Morss, Kara Penney, Lauren Farrell and McDonough celebrated their night by contributing to the uptempo play both offensively and defensively.

Their leadership all season got the Lady Dogs a 16-4 record, the best in recent memory; and while they fell short in their goal to share a league championship, they were in the hunt right up to the second game with Abington on Feb. 3.

Now the wait is on to see who will be Rockland’s first opponent in the Dog Pound.  Pairings will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 21.   It could be Coyle-Cassidy or Randolph. Both teams have finished with 10-10 records and will be seeded at the 13th and 14th spots by the MIAA tournament directors with a draw on Saturday. Other possibilities would be Stang, Ursuline or Old Rochester.

The top seeds in D3 South look like Abington, Apponequet, Martha’s Vineyard and Hanover in the top five with Rockland.

Archbishop Williams or Carver could wind up in either the 6th or 7th spot.   Carver has one game left and if they win, they could be 6th, no matter what Archies does which has one left. (But then again, Archies plays 2 extra games with out of state teams which may or may not count, so it’s hard to predict.)

Norwell and Wareham are vying for the 8th spot.  Each has two games left to play.

For players and fans, the time leading up to tournament pairings is a time filled with suspense to see who the opponent will be; for coaches it is a time for preparation to try to get as much information on every possible opponent.

For players and coaches it’s also a time to rest a little then fine tune their game, correcting the flaws and augmenting the strengths.

For the seniors it is the beginning of the end of their careers and they will surely be wanting to go out strong with the best possible outcome, taking it of course, one game at a time

Lady Dogs get big win

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Kyra Rose against Fontbonne in the Lady Dogs first win against them

Kyra Rose against Fontbonne in the Lady Dogs first win against them

February 16, 2015

The Lady Dogs got a big win tonight at Fontbonne Academy in Milton, 63-60.  The win assures the girls home court advantage in the first two rounds of the tournament.

Of course, the girls will have to take things one game at a time and the last regular season game tomorrow night at 5 pm is an important one as they take on an improved North Quincy team that will be seeking a bit of revenge for their early season loss to Rockland.

Freshmen Danielle O'Brien and Erika Ochenduszko had big offensive games as well.

Freshmen Danielle O’Brien and Erika Ochenduszko had big offensive games as well.

Back to Fontbonne…. while Coach Mitchell will want the girls to improve their defense (allowing 60 points to Fontbonne was not in the game plan), she has to be pleased with the offensive production tonight of Kyra Rose who led all scorers with 19 points, including some big free throws at the end of the game, freshman Danielle O’Brien who had 17 points  consisting of  5 three point shots and freshman Erika Ochenduszko who had 13 points, many of which were also clutch free throws down the stretch.

Seniors Molly McDonough, Kara Penney, Kallie Morss and Lauren Farrell.

Seniors Molly McDonough, Kara Penney, Kallie Morss and Lauren Farrell.

Tomorrow’s game with North Quincy is at 4:30 and will be preceded by a tribute to the four seniors on the team.  The JV’s will play in their last game of the season at 3:00. The boys will follow the girls at 6:30 with a big game against Duxbury and that game will be preceded by a ceremony honoring John Tolmie, a boys basketball legend at RHS.

Tomorrow’s games will provide a way to end storm induced cabin fever with a great night of Bulldog Basketball!

Lady Dogs Qualify For Postseason Tournament

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The Lady Dogs achieved a major goal last night with their tenth win which qualified them for the postseason tournament for the third year in a row.

Their tenth win was one of their best performances of the season as they easily handled non-league opponent Plymouth South in a 61 to 22 rout at home.

Coach Diana Mitchell's team qualified for tournament last night. That makes three postseason bids in a row for the third year coach

Coach Diana Mitchell’s team qualified for tournament last night. That makes three postseason bids in a row for the third year coach.  photo Kelley Reale

Leading the way in the game was junior Kiera Tobin-Rosman with 11 points.  Freshman Erika Ochenduzsko followed with 9 points and senior Lauren Farrell had 8.  All but one of the Lady Dogs hit the scoring column and all saw significant minutes in the game.

Kiera Tobin-Rossman had a good night for the Lady Dogs scoring 11 points including two on this baseline drive.  photo Rockland High Sports

Kiera Tobin-Rosman had a good night for the Lady Dogs scoring 11 points including two on this baseline drive. photo Rockland High Sports

Defense, rebounding and good ball movement characterized the play of the team as they followed Coach Mitchell’s advice and put the Lady Panthers away in the third quarter, holding them to only one point for a 49-17 lead.

This game was the third win in a row for the girls since their loss last Monday, Jan. 12 at Abington.  In that game the Lady Dogs held their own against the league leading Green Wave for most of the game until a late surge carried Abington to a 68-55 win.  The rematch in Rockland is a couple weeks away on Feb. 3.

On Friday, Jan. 16 the girls got back on the winning track with a good performance against an always competitive Norwell team.  The final score was 60 to 47 as Erika Ochenduszko led with 20 points, Kyra Rose had 13 and Caroline Kilduff had 10.

On Tuesday night the girls travelled to Hull where they got off to the slowest of slow starts and led the Lady Pirates by only one at half time, 25 to 24.  The Lady Dogs came to life in the third quarter with a 28-5 run as Kyra Rose scored 10 of her game high 22 points. Caroline Kilduff had a good game with 12 points. The final was 66 to 35 as the girls hit 12 out of their 16 foul shot attempts.

The goal now is to keep getting better one game at a time, focusing on defense, rebounding and their running game. Their next game will be at home against league opponent Randolph on Friday night.

Rockland girls beat Cohasset, get ready for showdown with Abington

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Freshman Danielle O'Brien played good defense against Cohasset on Friday night while also providing an offensive spark for the Lady Dogs.

Freshman Danielle O’Brien played good defense against Cohasset on Friday night while also providing an offensive spark for the Lady Dogs. photo courtesy of Kelley Reale.

The Rockland girls basketball team went ahead early against Cohasset on Friday night taking a 20-9 lead into the locker room at half-time.  The next thing they knew however, as the third quarter got under way, Cohasset had gone on a 11-0 run and the Lady Dogs were down, 22-20.

The game was close into the fourth quarter until Kyra Rose began to find the seam in what had been a seemingly impenetrable Cohasset zone and freshman Danielle O’Brien hit some long range shots and converted from the foul line, finishing the night with 13 points to go along with Rose’s 13.

The final score was 45-32.

Next up for the Lady Dogs is a trip to Abington Monday night to face the undefeated Green Wave.  Of interest will be the first meeting on the court of cousins, Rockland freshman Erika Ochenduszko who is finding her way as a varsity player, and Abington sophomore Jenny Worden who leads the league in scoring.

Keys for the Lady Dogs will be limiting Worden’s touches while watching out for Abington’s running game and full court press.   The war on the boards should be Rockland’s and this will be key in getting their own running game going.  Abington will also need to find an answer for Kyra Rose and Rockland’s other starters as well as the players who, like Danielle O’Brien on Friday night, provide a huge spark off the bench.

It is sure to be another classic battle between Rockland and Abington.  You won’t want to miss it!

Lady Dogs get back on winning track

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It was an emotional night for the Lady Dogs as they traveled to East Bridgewater on January 6 to play the Lady Vikings, a South Shore League Large School rival.  Their convincing 68-41 victory showed what inspired play will do.

This game was an important one for the girls.

First, they were coming off a tough loss at Plymouth North on December 28, their first loss of the season, in which they played poorly on both offense and defense and lost to a team they clearly should have had little problem with.  (Sure, Plymouth North has one of the best talents in the Southeastern part of the state in sophomore Joie Grassi, but the lackluster Bulldog defense gave Grassi open looks and put her on the foul line all night on her way to a 28 point performance.)

Second, East Bridgewater is a perennial rival for the girls, not only during the regular season but also in the post season, and the winner of the battle with the Lady Vikings is usually the team who “wants it” the most.

Seniors Molly McDonough, Kara Penney, Kallie Morss and Lauren Farrell.

Seniors Molly McDonough, Kara Penney, Kallie Morss and Lauren Farrell.

Third, for the girls, especially the four seniors, this game was an emotional one dedicated to their classmate, Patrick Sullivan, who passed away on New Year’s Day.

The Lady Dogs lost no time in setting the tone with an uptempo running game and an effective full court press.  When seniors Molly McDonough and Kallie Morss drew two offensive fouls against EB early in the game, the Lady Vikings probably knew it would be a long night for them.

Junior Kyra Rose led the way with 22 points, 7 rebounds and numerous assists.  Senior Kallie Morss played her best game of the year both offensively and defensively, scoring 12 points and holding EB’s all-star center to only three field goals and 13 points.  Erika Ochenduszko had 10 points.  Seniors Kara Penney, Lauren Farrell and Molly McDonough contributed inspired performances and the rest of the Lady Dogs including Maddie Olsen and Caroline Kilduff all contributed to the uptempo running game and swarming pressure defense.

The Lady Dogs with a record of 6-1 and 3-0 in the South Shore League will host SSL Small School opponent, Cohasset on Friday night at home.

 

Lady Dogs open up with 56-30 win at North Quincy

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The RHS Girls Varsity got a big win at North Quincy on Friday night Dec. 12. The girls started fast with an effective full court press and led early 15-0. North Quincy came back a bit but the Lady Dogs led 23-16 at the half. In the second half, the full court press was once again effective and the Lady Dogs cruised from there. All 12 players contributed in the win. Kyra Rose led all scorers with 20 points. A surprise visit from Ally Cerrato who now plays at Nichols College was another highlight of the night!

Next game is Tuesday, Dec. 16 vs. Fontbonne at home. JV 5:00 and Varsity 6:30.

Captains have been announced for the Girls Varsity Basketball Team Left to right: Kyra Rose, Kara Penney and Kallie Morss

Captains have been announced for the Girls Varsity Basketball Team
Left to right: Kyra Rose, Kara Penney and Kallie Morss

Lady Dogs Host Aussie Travelers

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The Rockland High School Lady Dogs scrimmaged an Australian traveling basketball team on Monday night in Rockland.

This was the Rockland girls first and only scrimmage of the year and showcased an uptempo offensive and defensive style of play that saw the girls unofficially defeat the Aussies 59-40.

For Rockland it was a good showing and demonstrated some of the strengths of the team, most importantly a deep bench of young and veteran players. The scrimmage also gave Coach Diana Mitchell insight into what the team needs to improve upon to get ready for their opening game on Friday night at North Quincy.

The Australian team, on their summer break, have been traveling through New England and playing various high school teams. They are staying with families in Cohasset. During their winter basketball season the Aussie girls play for St. Luke’s High School in Sydney.

After the scrimmage the teams shared pizza and salad in the middle school cafeteria, courtesy of Athletic Director, Gary Graziano, along with stories about the differences between American and Australian basketball and social life. Both teams exchanged t-shirts to commemorate the visit.

Season ends for Lady Dogs

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Ally Cerrato gets two of her 20 points.  Photo by Mrs. Patton

Ally Cerrato gets two of her 20 points. Photo by Mrs. Patton

The Lady Bulldogs’ season ended last night with a crushing defeat in Bourne, 45-41.  Rockland, playing against the #1 seed in the tournament, was not intimidated and came out strong on defense. In fact they got a 30 second call against Bourne on the first possession.

The staunch defense continued for most of the first half and, combined with Ally Cerrato’s offense in the post (10 points in the first half), and Kallie Morss’ strong play underneath, the Lady Dogs looked to take a lead into the locker room at half-time.  However, Bourne scored a late bucket to give them the half-time lead, 22-21.

The third quarter saw the Lady Dogs out score Bourne 11-6 and things looked good going into the final frame as Rockland led 32-28.  But mental mistakes on defense, missed free throws and Bourne’s five seniors’ determination to  not let their season end, created a 17 to 9 differential, giving Bourne the four point win.

It was a tough loss for Rockland given the fact that they were so close, and they certainly would have liked to extend their season for seniors Ally Cerrato and Sami Murray.

Triple teamed! photo by Mrs. Patton

Triple teamed! photo by Mrs. Patton

Cerrato did all she could as she played one of her best games, hauling in nine rebounds against two strong post players for Bourne, as well as scoring 20 points, a season high for her.  Her leadership and determination have been a catalyst all year long for the Lady Dogs and she showed last night what Bulldog toughness is all about.

The crowd support was once again fantastic as Rockland’s camo clad bleacher section out cheered Bourne’s fans considerably.

Bulldog Nation traveled to Bourne! photo by Mrs. Patton

Bulldog Nation traveled to Bourne! photo by Mrs. Patton

All in all, it was an impressive, though brief tournament run for Rockland.  The girls should be proud of what they accomplished, especially showing Bulldog Nation  how tough and competitive the Rockland girls basketball program is. The battle against EB in the first round and last night’s close contest at Bourne were both great games and fun to watch.

Coach Mitchell and the Lady Dogs.  photo by Mrs. Patton

Coach Mitchell and the Lady Dogs. photo by Mrs. Patton

The Lady Dogs will surely be back next year with this experience as fuel for a better outcome.  Coach Mitchell will make sure of that as she said after the game to the Patriot Ledger:

 “The last couple of games with the fans and the school, have hopefully rejuvenated the girls basketball program. Last year and this year in the tournament have shown the girls that there are higher and more realistic goals. Once you’ve had a taste, you only get hungrier for more.”

Lady Dogs get first tournament win!

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The Rockland girls came out strong defensively last night and picked up their first tournament win against East Bridgewater by a score of 42 to 30.

The boys basketball team led the cheers for the Lady Dogs last night in their big win against EB.  photos by Kelley Reale

The boys basketball team led the cheers for the Lady Dogs last night in their big win against EB. photos by Kelley Reale

Along with the Lady Dogs tenacious defense, the loud and positive student support for the girls was effective in knocking EB off their game.

For Rockland Caroline Kilduff had a big night with at least three blocked shots, eight rebounds and 11 points. Ally Cerrato who played with EB players draped all over her all night had 12 points and numerous rebounds. Kyra Rose who was face guarded all evening did not hit her usual scoring (7 points) but Molly McDonough filled in for her with five points along with Kiera Tobin-Rosman who has struggled of late but picked a great night to break out. She along with Maddie Olsen, Kara Penney, Lauren Farrell and Kallie Morss who took a key charge early in the game all combined to make this win a true team effort.

The girls won’t rest with this win as they go to Bourne on Friday to face the #1 seed in the tournament. If they play defense the way they did last night, the Canalwomen will have a lot on their hands.

The Lady Dogs will be playing tomorrow night!

Athletic Director Gary Graziano, former coach Mal Lannin-Cotton, Keri Flynn and former coach Mary Watson present Keri Flynn with the plaque that will be displayed in a trophy case at RHS.

At half-time of last night’s game a ceremony was held to honor Keri Flynn, Rockland basketball’s all time leading scorer. Keri who played with Coach Diana Mitchell scored 2,405 points in her high school career making her the twelfth leading scorer in the state as well. Because she was also the Massachusetts Player of the Year in 2000, Keri’s #22 uniform was displayed in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee for a year. It will now be displayed along with her accomplishments in the display case outside the gym to inspire future generations of Rockland High School athletes.