The Portsmouth High School Patriots 0-2 (0-3) girls' hosted the LaSalle Academy Rams 2-0 (3-1) on Tuesday night in search of a their first win of the season.
The Patriots put forth a great effort to keep stride, but fell short, losing 42 - 57 to their Division I South opponent.
The Patriots played aggressively and fast during the first half of the game keeping the score within eight points. The lack of offensive rebounding and turnovers resulted in not being able to catch up.
Coming out of halftime with a nine point deficit, the Portsmouth girls' refused to mentally take themselves out of the game. They fought through the second half and ultimately matched the Rams shot-for-shot down the stretch.
Considering in the only additional league game LaSalle has played thus far, the Rams held their opponent to a dismal 11 points. The Patriots put up an impressive 42 points in this contest and is improving with more experience in their first season as a Division I team.
Senior guard Megan Sewall scored 11 points for the Patriots with a five for eight performance from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Samantha Turcotte contributed with a total of 8 points scored and a perfect six for six from the free throw line.
The Patriots basketball Head Coach Jeff Goss commented after the game on the teams performance against a powerful LaSalle team.
"They fought," said Goss. "This is our first year in Division I, so we have some growing pains to go through."
With only two remaining starters on the team from last season, Goss was pleased with the improvements and has a positive outlook moving forward.
"The girls fought and they battled. What I was happy with is all 13 were focused on the game," he said. "We're going to be a playoff team I think, and that's our goal."
Next up for the PHS girls' will be North Kingstown High School, with a 1 - 1 overall record, this Friday evening at 7 p.m. in North Kingstown.