St. Raphael handed first Division II loss in championship game
St. Raphael teammates from left Felicia Baccari, Samantha Aspinwall and Kaylee Oliver canâ€™t bear to watch the final seconds of Saturdayâ€™s Division II state championship game at the Ryan Center. Rogers ran away with the title courtesy of a 54-32 victory over SRA, which closed with a 22-3 record. PHOTO BY ERNEST A. BROWN
KINGSTON â€” With 5:22 remaining in the R.I. Division II Tournamentâ€™s championship final, and top-seeded St. Raphael Academy trailing 48-30, superb senior co-captain Becca Gonzalez found an opening in the lane, drove through it and put up an easy lay-in attempt.
It hit the back of the rim, then the front, and fell out.
Gonzalez turned to no one in particular, put her hands out as to make a plea then hustled back down the floor.
That, in essence, describes the futility involved during the Saintsâ€™ disheartening 54-32 loss to second-ranked Rogers at the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Ryan Center on Saturday afternoon.
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