PLAINVILLE - The championship game of the Rybczyk Memorial Tournament was a close one at the half between the St. Paul girls basketball team and Plainville.
In the second half though, the Falcons dominated and it started at the defensive end of the floor.
St. Paul’s defense became suffocating and they were able to turn that defense into offense on multiple occasions en route to a 50-37 victory.
Plainville came out of the half and tied the game up within a minute on a Jessica Masco three-pointer. From there though, the remainder of the game was dominated by St. Paul.
The lead grew to as big as 12 in the final half and the Falcons were able to maintain a comfortable lead for most of the latter part of the game.
The Falcons lit up the nets in the first quarter and took a quick 17-10 lead after one. It seemed at that point like they might cruise to a victory but that was not the case as the Blue Devils had plenty of fight in them.
Plainville would not allow St. Paul to pull away though. Down nine, the Blue Devils used a 7-0 run to make it a one-possession game.
Plainville did its best to make the game ugly by speeding up the tempo and forcing the Falcons to make a bunch of turnovers, while also taking some tough shots.
That style of play worked well for the Blue Devils in the second quarter as they held St. Paul to four points in the quarter and went into halftime down just three points.
With the loss Plainville dropped to 3-3 on the season, while St. Paul ran its winning streak to five to begin the 2016-17 season.
Michael Woolfson can be reached at 860-801-5203 or firstname.lastname@example.org