Barrington's undefeated girls' basketball team won its sixth consecutive game Thursday evening, 70-55, over Portsmouth in the annual boosters' holiday tournament at the high school.
The boys bounced back from a loss the previous night to cruise past crosstown-rival Mt. Hope, 67-31, in the tournament finale to improve their record to 4-5 on the season.
The Thursday games closed out a tournament that featured six boys' and six girls' teams playing a game each day. The Barrington games drew several hundred fans to the gymnasium Thursday night.
The Barrington girls trailed only once to Portsmouth, 2-0, in the first minute of play. They scored the next 7 points before Portsmouth got back on the scoreboard.
Portsmouth fell behind early but battled back to tie the game at 10 with about 10 minutes to play in the first half. A couple of minutes later, Barrington still led by only 14-13.
The Eagles then went on a 22-2 run over the next seven minutes to pull way ahead, 36-15. Kelly Mannix, who scored 22 points in the game, and Catherine Matthews, who added 18 points, sparked the run.
The Portsmouth girls didn't give up, though. They scored 10 straight points to cut the lead to 11 with a few seconds to play in the first half. A field goal by freshman Maura Kelty with 2 seconds left upped Barrington's lead to 13 at the half.
Barrington gave up 5 more points to Portsmouth at the start of the second half to see the lead shrink to 38-30. An 11-2 run led by 6 points from Mannix restored the lead to 17 about three minutes into the second half.
Portsmouth, led by senior guard Megan Sewall's 19 points and the team's 3-point shooting, wouldn't go away. They nailed 9 treys for the game, including several in a 9-4 spurt over the next four minutes that cut the Eagles lead to 12 at the 8-minute mark. Both teams exchanged baskets the rest of the game to make the final score, 70-55.
"We still haven't played a 32-minute game," said Barrington Coach Stephen Lenz, who was disappointed despite the win. "We get a big lead and then we let up. Against a really good team, that is going to hurt us down the road."
The Barrington boys had a far easier time against Mt. Hope, a Division III school playing without a couple of injured players.
The Eagles rolled to a 23-2 lead behind the 3-point shooting of Connor Fiske, who had 5 treys among his 7 field goals, and outstanding defensive play. The score mounted to 40-9 at halftime.
"We played hard," said Coach Patrick Sullivan. "Our defense set the tone. And we got a lot of loose balls tonight that we didn't get last night (in the loss). It was a total team effort."
Fiske led Barrington with 20 points. Sophomore Ben Engvall added 16. Mt. Hope was led by junior guard Joseph Simeone, who had 10 points, and sophomore forward Patrick Guthlein, who had 7.
Mt. Hope Coach Michael Topazio said: "We just didn't match their intensity for some reason. We knew going in that it was going to be a tough matchup for us. Barrington has a good team."
The second half saw Sullivan substitute liberally, which allowed Mt. Hope to stay within 5 point of the Eagles and make the final score 67-31.
"That's our last non-conference game," Sullivan said. "They're all going to be tough from now on."
In other games played earlier in the day, the Rogers girls edged Johnston, 38-32; the Holy Name of Worcester boys romped over Burrillville, 58-37; the East Providence girls edged Mt. Hope, 49-47, and the North Kingstown boys pummeled Scituate, 76-31, to push their record to 7-1.