Corsinetti cousins add to family legacy

Antonia, Anthony take home titles as seniors


Corsinetti is one of the most recognizable basketball names in Rhode Island, and this past winter, it grew even more.

Rhode Island College senior Antonia Corsinetti was a key piece to the Anchorwomen club that won its third consecutive Little East Conference Championship and advanced all the way to the Division III Final Four showdown. Her cousin, Anthony, was an All-Division standout as a senior for the Johnston High School team that won its first championship in 27 years.

For Antonia, she was thrilled to pull off the three-peat, beat the odds and see her team advance all the way to the Final Four despite garnering just one vote in the rankings.

“It was incredibly special, a lot of people counted us out, we weren’t even ranked. The journey was an unbelievable experience, once in a lifetime. This team worked so hard to get there, we all believed in each other. We knew we could do it,” said Antonia. “I’m very grateful. We lost in the conference final my freshmen year, then won three conference titles in a row, then made it to the Final Four. It just shows the commitment that the five seniors have given throughout our four years. It was so special and we were grateful to do it with one another.”

Anthony transferred back to Johnston prior to his junior campaign and quickly became one of the most productive players in program history for the Panthers. After a down junior year, Anthony was proud to see he and his teammates turn things around and go on a legendary run to the title.
“It was great. I transferred back before my junior year so it was great to bring it back home to the community. I’m proud of my teammates, it’s something to remember. It feels great especially with what my dad has done here as a coach. It’s great to add to that history. I did it for my teammates. We expected more of ourselves last year but went 9-9. We used those nine losses as nine lessons,” said Anthony.

His father, Chris, is a former coach for the Lady Panthers and played during his high school days. Chris helped guide the program to being one of the state’s best during his tenure, and has been a big part in developing both Anthony and Antonia, who were also neighbors growing up.
Anthony was honored to add to his family’s legacy in the town and state with the win, and to do it alongside his cousin.

“It was great to see her succeed, I’m proud of her. It’s a great representation of the hard work that we put in. I feel that no one works harder than we do, and if you put the time in, the results follow. I am proud of her and I’m proud of myself. We made history.”

Antonia added: “It was very special, especially since we won on the same weekend and he won the title on my home court. It was pretty fun to watch. He worked really hard. He and I grew up together and always pushed each other. We always wanted to bring a championship home to our schools. He brought one home to our town and I made the state proud by winning in a public school (at RIC). It was a lot of fun.”


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