Now six games into their abbreviated 2020-21 season, the Old Rochester Regional girls basketball team is still without a loss heading into its final game of the regular season against Fairhaven. The Bulldogs were able to maintain their perfect record, despite having quite a bit of adversity thrown their way.
After knocking off Apponequet in their third game of the season, the Bulldogs had to quarantine for seven days. Not only were their next games against Wareham and Dighton-Rehoboth canceled, but ORR also was prohibited from practicing as a team. With ORR’s players healthy by the end of the quarantine, the Bulldogs were able to practice before their game against Bourne. Clearly, Meg Horan and company were good to go, dominating the Canalmen, 60-17.
“The girls came back ready to go,” ORR girls basketball coach Rick Regan said. “I thought we played our best game of the year at Bourne, defensively and offensively. We kind of put it all together in that game, and it carried over a little bit to [GNB Voc-Tech].”
Horan followed up her 11-point performance against Bourne with another 11-point showing against Voc-Tech in the Bulldogs’ 50-16 win. Things got a little tougher for ORR while hosting Dighton-Rehoboth, but the Bulldogs still came out with a win. Horan scored 13 points and grabbed six boards as the Bulldogs squeaked past the Falcons, 39-38.
“She’s our true leader,” Regan said of Horan. “She’s the glue, she keeps us together. She is so consistent, and, like I said on Senior Night (against Dighton-Rehoboth), she not only is a leader in the term ‘captain’, but she also does it with her positive voice. She does it by example, and she wants to help the underclassmen below her. She’s a leader. She’s willing to help rather than just tell people what to do — that’s not her. She’s willing to help, and she’s willing to be an example so that others can follow.”
The Bulldogs also had strong games from Maggie Brogioli (21 points vs. Bourne) and Logan Fernandes (10 points vs. GNB Voc-Tech; 10 points and four steals vs. Dighton-Rehoboth).
After Wednesday’s regular-season finale against Fairhaven, the Bulldogs will find out who they’ll face in the first round of this year’s South Coast Conference tournament.
ORR dropped to 2-6 after falling 52-50 at home to Seekonk, the team the Bulldogs were supposed to face to kick-off their abbreviated season. Alex Wright and Liam Geraghty were once again among the team’s leading scorers, finishing with 11 points apiece, but it was Jagger Jones who led ORR with 12 points in the loss.
The Bulldogs will close the regular season on Wednesday against Fairhaven.
Girls Ice Hockey
ORR’s final game of the girls hockey season against Bishop Stang was originally set to take place on Wednesday but has been moved to Monday, February 8, at Hetland Memorial rink in New Bedford. The puck drops at 2:30 p.m.
Boys Ice Hockey
The Bulldogs remain at 3-2-1 after their scheduled meeting with GNB Voc-Tech at Gallo Ice Arena was postponed. ORR was able to secure its third victory in the game prior against Bourne. Chris Gauvin scored what proved to be the game-winner inside the two-minute mark, giving the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead and eventual win over the Canalmen.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they face Somerset Berkley on the road at Driscoll Skating Arena. ORR then returns to Gallo Ice Arena on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. puck-drop against Seekonk.
By Nick Friar