Mariners, Lady Mariners basketball victorious

DEER ISLE—The Deer Isle-Stonington Lady Mariners varsity basketball team notched their first victory in a close game beating Searsport 38-37 on December 13, and their second, against Highview Christian, by the same one-point margin, 41-40, on December 20, after Orly Vaughn made a steal to seal the win.

Brienna Limburner, 21, and Madison Frazier trap the ball in a win over Highview Christian. Photo by Jack Scott

Brienna Limburner, 21, and Madison Frazier trap the ball in a win over Highview Christian. Photo by Jack Scott

In the first win, Searsport did not have much height, and we built what we thought was a comfortable lead by pushing the ball inside and scoring over them. Somehow, we got out of that offensive pattern and allowed Searsport to creep back in the game.

With 30 seconds left, Searsport scored and took the lead for the first time 37-36. Lily Gray brought the ball down-court and was fouled driving to the basket with 7 seconds left. She made both foul shots to give us the victory. Coach Randy Shepard felt we should have put this game away with the lead we did have and this can be a valuable lesson for this young team.

Lily Gray led us with 14 points, Orly Vaughn and Brienna Limeburner each with 7, Katie Hutchinson 6, and Abby Stinson 4.

The girls lost to Sumner 46-39 on December 16 in another competitive game. Sumner matched our height well, but we pressed them with several different presses for most of the game. The presses were effective, but we were not able to consistently convert the layups in transition. This shortcoming caught up to us in the long run and allowed Sumner to stay close to us.

We actually were up by a point early in the fourth quarter. Sumner scored 5 quick points to pull ahead and they were able to maintain that small lead. Near the end of the game, we had to foul them to get the ball back. Unfortunately, Sumner made their foul shots. Lily Gray led us with 13 points, Brienna Limeburner 8, and Jesslyn Gove 6.

The girls at 2-2 are looking competitive in Class D. The freshmen are fitting in to the team very quickly and giving us more depth. The offense is still a work in progress but we are looking much better than we did in the first week of the season.

The Mariners teams are getting support from a re-energized Boosters club. Parents and fans can help by taking advantage of the refreshment stand at home games.

DIS boys over Highview Christian for first win

Deer Isle—The boys basketball team  won their first game of the season against Highview Christian Academy by a comfortable 63-29 on December 20, after three straight losses.

Against Searsport, the Mariners lost 46-29 on December 13. After a close first quarter, Searsport frustrated our defense with a deliberate slow down offense to lead 25-10 at the half. They were able to maintain their lead in the second half despite the hard efforts in the post and on the court of Ethan Shepard and Mason Oliver.

Ethan Bates Coles reaches for the layup against HIghview Christian. Photo by Jack Scott

Ethan Bates Coles reaches for the layup against HIghview Christian. Photo by Jack Scott

Unfortunately, our offense was just hard to come by. Ethan Shepard led us with 10 points, Mason Oliver 7, Nathan Winchester 4, and Ethan Bates Cole 3.

The boys lost a close game against Sumner 49-42 on December 16. We pulled ahead 9-2 in the first quarter using a half-court trap to cause turnovers. Sumner fought their way back into the game to lead by 2 at the half, but we were tied 34-34 after three quarters. Sumner was able to pull ahead and maintain that lead to win the game by 7 points.

This was a much better team effort as we see how well we can play together. Mason Oliver led us with 18 points despite getting in foul trouble, Ethan Shepard 16, and Dakota Gillen 4. Tobey Snow contributed with 5 steals.

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