Deer Isle—The girls basketball team lost to Bangor Christian 37-31 on January 29. After playing so well in recent games, we played our worst game in this frustrating loss. We had too many unforced turnovers and couldn’t buy a basket. It is almost like we play to the level of our competition. We were flat throughout the game and just couldn’t generate any offense. Ally Eaton led us with 17 and Natalie Knowlton had 8.
The next day, January 30, the girls beat Jonesport 42-32. We started off slow but led at the half 20-10. Jonesport did press us and we turned the ball over from the press and unforced turnovers in the third quarter to lead 30-21. Our lead slipped to 36-29 with two minutes left, but Ally Eaton went six of eight from the free throw line to preserve the win. Not a pretty game and we still struggle with turnovers, but good enough to get the win. Ally Eaton led us with 28 points, 18 from the foul line, Orly Vaughan and Lily Gray each with 5, and Jess Gove 4.
The girls are in sixth place and will go straight to the playoff quarterfinals at the Cross Center. We have beaten the #5 and #4 teams, so the tournament is pretty wide open. It really depends on which team shows up for us. We will need to take care of the ball and play an inspired game, as we have nothing to lose.
Lately, we seem to play up or down to our competition. We have to be ready for the press and give a focused effort to be the team that has beaten the number 4 and 5 teams. If that team shows up we have as good a chance as anybody. If the team that lost to Bangor Christian shows up, it won’t be very pretty.