String of wins brings GSA girls to 10-3

Sports; Gsa; girls; Calais; Emma; Crosby; 011516; Eagles; GSA; George Stevens Academy; basketball; game; high school; school; sport; sports; team Emma Crosby goes for a layup against Calais. Photo by Franklin Brown

Emma Crosby goes for a layup against Calais. Photo by Franklin Brown

Blue Hill—After a decisive 51-38 win over Sumner on January 13, the George Stevens Academy varsity girls basketball team faced Calais at home two days later and triumphed 51-45.

The Eagles had lost to the Blue Devils early in the season by 5, but hadn’t lost to a Class C or D team since, racking up an impressive string of wins.

Case in point is the 52-25 drubbing GSA gave to Piscataquis on January 9—the same team they’d lost to by 12 points one month ago.

“We’re starting to get some outside shots which is what we’ve been waiting for,” Coach Bill Case said. And, with opposing teams playing heavy defense on point leader Morgan Dauk, “other people are stepping up….Cora Gray, Emma Crosby and Hanna Gutow are all making outside shots to go along with Morgan and Mazie [Smallidge].

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Allyson Snow shoots from outside the three-point line. Photo by Franklin Brown

The only team that has finessed a win out of the Eagles in the six weeks is Class B Ellsworth, who beat GSA on January 2, 50-41. GSA will host Ellsworth on January 26, where a win would give them a jump in the Heal Point Standings. They are currently ranked sixth, below Piscataquis (#4), and four other teams they don’t face in the regular season. This makes it hard to move up in the standings; the points from a win over a Class B team will help.

But Case said he is ignoring the standings.

“Everyone else is looking at rankings [but] I don’t pay too much attention to that,” he said. “Right now, the only game we want to win is the next one…[but] I think we’re right in there.”

Case is looking to the January 22 home game against Bucksport, he said.

“We had a close game with Bucksport, won by three points,” Case said. “I think we’re dramatically improved on defense.”

Tip off for that game is 6 p.m.

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