Deer Isle—The Deer Isle-Stonington girls basketball team easily beat Machias 44-14 on January 19. Because Machias does not have a strong team this year, we totally outmatch them and it becomes an opportunity for all the less-experienced players to get time on the floor. It becomes more of a teaching moment for giving experience as good players don’t get better when they play against weak teams that don’t really challenge them. Lily Gray led us with 18 points, Katie Hutchinson 13, and Orly Vaughn 6.
The girls then lost to Bucksport 55-31 on January 23. Bucksport plays an aggressive defense and, after a close first quarter, they converted our turnovers and we got frustrated. They had two guards who shot well and were quick down the floor to get easy layups.
It didn’t help that we had two starters missing. Jesslyn Gove is studying at University of Maine at Machias and Orly Vaughn was off looking at colleges. With our depth reduced, we got worn down by the high paced game, trailing by 23 at the half.
Lily Gray is no longer playing under the radar and Bucksport had a player on her wherever she went, making it difficult for her to get open shots. This is typical with a good shooter and we need to find ways to get her open.
We rallied in the beginning of the third to close the deficit to 13 points, but we couldn’t sustain the effort. Everyone put a lot of energy into their play, but it caught up to us and we ran out of gas. Katie Hutchinson had 15 rebounds (unofficial tally) trying to make up for the missing forwards. Lily Gray had 14 points, Katie Hutchinson 11, and Brienna Limeburner 6.
The girls are 9-6 and in a close fifth place, with only a couple of Heal points separating places 4 through 6. We have three games left with Jonesport and Bangor Christian, games we should win, but not for a lot of points. You can never tell for sure, but if we win those games, we should be looking at another trip to Bangor without a preliminary game. Once we get there, anything can happen. We have come a long way since the beginning of the season.