The Keene State women’s basketball team faced off in the first round of Little East Conference playoffs, Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Spaulding Gymnasium. Keene State College faced off against the No. 7 team in the LEC, Southern Maine. The Owls conquered the Huskies 71-46 and will move to semifinals, Feb. 24.
Keene State was the first to get on the board within the first 10 seconds of the game with a layup by Stephanie D’Annolfo.
The Owls and the Huskies went back and forth for shots. The Huskies were able to sink two layups making the score 2-8, Huskies. Keene answered back with a 20-0 run into the second period. Shots were from D’Annolfo, Purcell, Rachel Bonnanzio and Josie Amerson.
The third quarter kicked off with no shots in the first two minutes, but it was Kenzie Bennett, with a layup bringing the Owls up, 38-22. The Huskies answered back with a layup of their own. The Owls added two more layups from Petrow and Lydia Vital. With 4:32 left on the clock, Petrow hit another layup widening the Owls lead, 46-28.
The Owls outscored the Huskies in the third quarter ending it with 50-38 at the sound of the buzzer.
The Owls kept scoring as the fourth quarter hit. Baskets from Petrow, Bennett and D’Annolfo excelled the Owls to the win, 71-46.
The Keene State men’s basketball team faced off in the first round of Little East Conference playoffs, Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Spaulding Gymnasium. Keene State College faced off against the No. 7 team in the LEC, Southern Maine. The Owls conquered the Huskies and will move to semifinals, Feb. 24. They soared past the Huskies 87-70.
The Huskies started off the half with the first points on the board coming from a jump shot. The Owls answered back with a shot from Jaquel Edwards.
Edwards had possession of the ball and sank a three, bringing the Owls up 5-2. Ty Nichols answered with another three, excelling the Owls’ lead. The Huskies fought back and sank a three of their own, bringing the lead to three. Jeffrey Lunn hit a layup with 16:17 left in the first half.
The Owls are up 10-7 as Matthew Ozzella brought the ball to the basket for a layup.
Baskets went back and forth for both teams, but the Owls went on a 10-0 run bringing the score to 24-17.
The Owls kept pushing through as they shared baskets. The Owls excelled past the Huskies in the first half, with 3:40 left on the clock. Jake Collagan hit a three, leaving the Owls in the lead 40-22. Another three from Nichols hit the basket with less than three minutes remaining in the half. The Owls flew past the Huskies in the first half, 45-26.
Opening up the second half, Lunn added a layup, bringing the Owls up 49-31. With 16:39 left in the game, the Owls had a 7-0 run with shots from Lunn and Edwards. The Huskies answered back with a layup.
The Owls went on another 7-0 run with less than five minutes left in the half. The Huskies answered back with a few shots but were unable to keep up with the Owls. The Owls continue on to the semifinals Friday, Feb. 24.
Senior Rodney Jean-Marie said that he’s happy with how the team played tonight. “It was a hard fought game, but we continue to get better. Our next goal is to just bring it and give it everything we have on Friday,” Jean-Marie said.
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