Deer Isle—The girls basketball team beat Searsport on January 10 in another close game, 45-44. We had this game, then we gave it away, and finally we stole it back for the win. We were up by 19 points early in the second half, when Katie Hutchinson fouled out. We were rattled by Searsport’s pressure and let them outscore us 20-3 in the third quarter.
We continued with sloppy play to trail 43-38 with 2 minutes left. Lily Gray dropped in a 3-pointer, Orly Vaughan got 2, and Brienna Limeburner drove in for a layup with 19 seconds left to steal the game back. This was much closer than it should have been. Brienna Limeburner led us with 23 points, Lily Gray 12, and Orly Vaughan 6.
The girls then beat Sumner 38-2 on January 12 in a rough game where the offense came hard for both teams. This was not a pretty game but we did keep the lead throughout. We led by 10 at the half and by 11 after three quarters. This avenged an earlier loss. Lily Gray led us with 17 points with five 3-pointers, Orly Vaughan 9, and Brienna Limeburner 7. I guess you could say that the defense won this game.
The girls lost on January 14 to Jonesport at Jonesport 50-41 in a game reminiscent of the old days where the referee was the sixth man in Jonesport. We led 19-0 after one quarter and 25-15 at the half. We still led 36-29 after three quarters but were outscored 21-5 in the fourth. We accumulated 30 fouls with Jesslyn Gove, Katie Hutchinson, Orly Vaughan, and Madison Frazier all fouling out.
In the fourth quarter, Jonesport drove into the paint to get fouled and scored 21 points from the foul line. I expect a very different game when we play them at home. Lily Gray and Brienna Limeburner had 12 points, Katie Hutchinson 7, and Orly Vaughan 6.
The girls are 8-5 and in fourth place. We still have times where we show our youth but we have come a long way from the beginning of the season. Freshmen Brienna Limeburner and Katie Hutchinson are playing at a high level and that has helped lift the team to be competitive with everyone. We need to keep our team chemistry and energy as we gear up for the playoffs.