Deer Isle—The girls basketball team lost to Searsport 54-43 on January 20. We played in a panic mode in the first quarter where we had 11 turnovers and no points. What offense we had was totally out of sync. In the second quarter, we cut our turnovers in half, caused turnovers for Searsport, and ran our offense to trail 23-18 at the half.
We played well in the third quarter except for a 20-second span where we gave up 7 points on a drive to the basket and two very quick turnovers. With three minutes left in the game and leading 48-39, Searsport pulled out the ball to use up the clock. With two minutes left, we scored to trail 48-41, and when we finally did start to foul to get back the ball, we fouled their best shooter who made all her free throws. Ally Eaton led us with 13, Lily Gray 10, Jess Gove 7, and Ashley Haskell 6.
The girls then beat Machias 48-42 on January 22 in a well-played game avenging an earlier loss. We led at the half 27-20 by virtue of a three-pointer at the buzzer. Our turnovers caught up to us a bit and we led 35-32 after three quarters. Machias got ahead 38-37 before we reeled off 8 points to retake the lead 45-38.
With two minutes left, Coach Randy Shepard called timeout and we pulled the ball out to run down the clock. We were helped by a technical foul that gave us a foul shot and the ball back. Their top player, Tate Dolley, got two foul shots, but we kept our composure and Ally Eaton put in two foul shots right at the end. Ally Eaton led us with 25, Jess Gove 10, and Lily Gray 7.
The girls had no trouble beating Jonesport the next day, 52-30. We built a big lead in the second quarter and from there on in, Coach Shepard rotated in his younger players so that they could get experience. By working with the starters, they can get the experience of running the offense. Ally Eaton led us with 25, Lily Gray 11, and Orly Vaughan 10.
The girls took home a third win in a big game, beating Shead 45-39 in Eastport on January 25, never an easy place to win. After a back and forth first half, we surged ahead with a strong third quarter to lead by 9. Shead pressed us to get back the lead, but we withstood the pressure and clutch foul shots by Ashley Haskell and Lily Gray near the end preserved the win.
This was a win we had to have to make the playoffs and we responded to the challenge. Ally Eaton led us with 13, Orly Vaughan 11, Lily Gray 8, Natalie Knowlton 6, and Ashley Haskell 5.
The girls are 7-9, with the win over Shead vaulting us into sixth place. The two games left against Bangor Christian and Jonesport are worth very little in ranking points.