ConVal’s Rapposelli takes first again
As the regular season winds down, every game is a big one for the Conant girls basketball team. Heading into Friday night, the Orioles were sitting at 6-8, just outside the cutoff for the DIII playoffs. They had a big chance to leapfrog up the standings as they took on the 6-5 Raymond Rams, and they took advantage of that opportunity from the opening tip.
Raymond does not have much height on their roster, and Conant’s frontcourt duo of Heather Bilodeau and Sarah Gonsalves were unfazed by anything and everything the Rams threw at them. Gonsalves topped all scorers with 25 points, and controlled the glass on both ends of the court.
Raymond seemed content to launch shots from the perimeter, regardless of the results, and as the Rams kept missing, Conant feasted on the long rebounds. Meanwhile, the Orioles had no trouble shooting the three-ball; Katie Chadbourne added 15 points for Conant on three three-pointers.
As she has all season, Brooke Juntunen contributed valuable minutes off the bench in the role of the sixth man, stepping in and doing the little things that don’t always show up in the box score.