Deer Isle—The girls basketball team lost to Sumner 49-36 on December 10. We actually led 24-23 at the half, despite almost 20 turnovers. We had a lot of trouble beating the press and half-court trap that Sumner put on us. The difference came about halfway through the third quarter when Sumner came on strong with aggressive play and good outside shooting to finish the quarter on a 14-2 run to lead 43-28.
We just couldn’t recover from there. For the game, I had an unofficial total of 38 turnovers. We just don’t shoot well enough to give the opposing team that many extra chances and expect to win. It was quite something that we did as well as we did with those turnovers. It made the difference in this game. Ally Eaton led us with 13 points, Lily Gray had 10, Orly Vaughan 6, and Ashley Haskell 4.
On December 12, the girls lost to Shead 58-42. We got down early, trailing 28-11 in the second quarter, only to rally back to trail 33-23 at the half. Shead was able to convert a few turnovers as well as a couple of 3-pointers, one right at the end of the quarter, to build the lead to 50-35. Neither team was very effective in the last quarter as we made a good effort but just couldn’t get the baskets.
Again turnovers hurt us, but we played much better than the game against Sumner. The improvement is showing, so we just have to keep working on the offense. Ally Eaton led us with 16 points, Lily Gray 8, Orly Vaughan 6, Jess Gove 5, and Natalie Knowlton 4.
The girls haven’t won yet but are looking much stronger than before. We still have to beat the turnover bug, either breaking the press or not making poor passing decisions, to get ahead. So far, we haven’t solved the “one bad quarter” syndrome where we give up too many points in one quarter and play even for the other three. We just need to hold our heads up and keep working hard and good things will happen.