DEER ISLE— The girls basketball team lost a close game to Penobscot Valley 37-30. We started off sluggish, but we were tied at 14 apiece at the half. The game was close all the way, as we were within 3 points for most of the second half. PVHS had a strong inside player who also shot well from outside, and she hurt us in the last quarter especially.
Near the end of the game, we caught a bad break when Allyson Eaton had a breakaway on a steal and the defensive player stepped in front of her and Allyson was called for a charge. That would have tied the game if the call had gone the other way as it should have (OK, that was our opinion). But even so, we had plenty of chances but couldn’t get enough offense and had to foul at the end to get the ball.
Allyson Eaton led us with 10 points, Ashley Haskell 9, and Morgan Shepard 6. The offense will need to be more productive as we build into the season.
The girls lost another close game to Shead 40-33. It was a short turnaround from the long ride the night before and we looked sluggish, being pretty ineffective in the first half, only scoring 8 points. Luckily we were only down by 10 at the half.
Down 27-14 after three quarters, we came to life in the last quarter, forcing turnovers and getting several offensive put backs. With less than a minute to play, Allyson Eaton dropped in a “three” to make the score 36-33 in favor of Shead. An unfortunate turnover of ours, and then Shead also was able pass over the trap for a basket to seal their win.
Allyson Eaton scored 19 points and Morgan Shepard had 9. Part of our problem was solving the matchup zone defense that Shead threw at us and also recovering from the late night before. If we had shown the energy in the first three quarters that we had at the end, it would have been a very different story.
The girls played both games close near the end of the fourth quarter but weren’t able to get back over the top. We are still figuring out our offense and this is to be expected early in the season. Getting everyone on the same page so we can sustain the energy for four quarters will be critical for getting wins. We have the talent to do it, so we just need to work hard and work together to build our confidence. Once we know what we are doing together, we won’t have to think about it but rather just go out and do it.