BY CHARLIE ADAMS, TSM LEAD WRITER
(Cranston, RI) - The Cranston East girls basketball team came into this game against the Coventry Oakers following a domination of Woonsocket on Saturday. After such a commanding performance, it was nearly impossible to top it. Their 19-point victory is good enough, though. The playoffs are now a real possibility for the team after a 65-46 win over the Oakers.
Cranston East was led by scoring from deep throughout the game. Points came from the usual suspects, Mya Jiminez and Aydan Gulliver scored 16 and 19 respectively. A surprise major contributor was Jayna Gunderway’s 13 points, including a third quarter show from beyond the arc.
The Lady ‘Bolts led 14-12 after the first quarter, Jiminez put up seven early points to lead the team. The team’s two three-pointers in the quarter put them on top.
In the second quarter, East was able to build a working margin on the Oakers. Gulliver picked up eight points in the period, as they led 31-18 entering halftime.
The team struggled coming out of the half, taking nearly half the quarter to record their first bucket. However, Jayna Gunderway scored four straight 3-pointers, including a 4-point play to retain the lead, to give her 13 points in the quarter. The lead remained 13 points, 46-33.
Jiminez and Mikaylah Johnson’s 6 points along with Gulliver’s 7 points marked all the scoring for the final quarter. The team closed out a nineteen-point victory, 65-46.
The team continues their playoff hunt on Thursday when they travel to Jenks Middle School in Pawtucket to take on the Shea-Tolman Co-Op in a 6:30 PM matchup. They’ll return home on Monday to celebrate Senior Night prior to taking on Prout.
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