The girls basketball team used an energetic third quarter to beat Bucksport 58-42. We were tied 20-20 at the half, and Coach Randy Shepard had us change our defense, and we played much more aggressively to outscore Bucksport 25-11 and have a 14 point lead after three quarters. By putting more pressure on the ball, we caused more turnovers to get some easy baskets to build the lead.
We were able to maintain our lead in the fourth quarter and allow everyone some time on the floor. Morgan Shepard and Allyson Eaton worked together under the basket by passing to the open player when they drew the defense, and they both had a good night offensively. Shepard led us with 22 points, Allyson Eaton 15, Holli Boyce 9, Ashley Haskell 6, and Allison Cormier 4.
The girls beat Jonesport 47-22, again with a solid third quarter to build our lead. We started out well and led by 3 points after one quarter and then by 7 points at the half. In the last 2 minutes of the third quarter, we reeled off 7 points to push the lead to 34-17 and then dominated the fourth quarter to get the win.
With the offense not producing as much as needed, we energized in the second half and took control of the game. Coach Shepard was able to play everyone and give the subs some valuable floor time. Allyson Eaton had a big game and was very impressive at the foul line, nailing 16 of 19 foul shots. She led us with 26 points, Shepard 7, Logan Eaton 4, and Boyce and Haskell each with 3.
The girls are 2-2 with the two wins. We don’t play until Saturday and then face the tough challenge of three games in four days against stiff competition. We need to be ready for the press because it will be coming, especially with Searsport and George Stevens. Turnovers hurt us last year and we haven’t done too bad so far this year, but we haven’t been really tested. We’ll see how we hold up to the pressure.
The longer term future of this team is in real jeopardy if we can’t put together a JV team with whatever schedule we can manage. We are hurt by having several of the players who are available without any practice at all this year, and also several inexperienced players with no real floor time against peers to develop and build their confidence. Now these girls get mostly limited minutes in blowouts or time on the floor where they are very nervous about making mistakes that could hurt the varsity.