Blue Hill—After two games in as many weeks on the road, the George Stevens Academy varsity girls basketball team will host Bucksport on Friday, January 27, a match-up that promises intensity among the players and a strong crowd on both sides of the gym.
The Golden Bucks may be ranked seven spots below the Eagles at #10 with a 7-6 record, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The Eagles’ most memorable game this season was a quadruple overtime win at Bucksport early in the season.
“Bucksport always gives us trouble,” Coach Bill Case said.
After a nine-game winning streak to start the season, the Eagles fell to Ellsworth 38-33 and then to Piscataquis 45-41, before rolling over Sumner 59-32 last week. They have dropped from first to third-place in the Heal Point Standings, a hair below Piscataquis.
That four-point loss to the Guilford team still rankles Case.
“We were ahead by 11 and Morgan fouled out,” he said of the fourth quarter blow-out that saw Piscataquis take an 18-point run for the win, after playing three quarters of heavy defense on Dauk. “We have to work on getting better when Morgan’s not in the game.”
Dauk is having “an incredible season,” he said, while players like Julianna Allen and Mallory Charette are stepping up their game.
With a great shot at earning a bye for the playoff prelim game, the team could easily be looking ahead to stepping onto the Cross Center court in Bangor come tournament time. But Case just smiles.
“We always say the only game we want to win is the next one,” he said. “If someone told me we would be 10-2 at the beginning of the season…” He just shakes his head.
The Eagles head into tipoff against Bucksport at 7 p.m.