Mariner girls look solid for playoffs Scott's Sports Spot

sports; DIS; girls; coach; brienna; 020217; Deer IsleStonington High School; Mariners; dishs; game; high school; school; team Coach Randy Shepard directs Brienna Limeburner during the win against Jonesport. Photo by Jack Scott

Coach Randy Shepard directs Brienna Limeburner during the win against Jonesport. Photo by Jack Scott

Deer Isle—The girls basketball team avenged their earlier loss by beating Jonesport 56-43 on January 28. After a sluggish first half characterized by turnovers from forcing passes, we led 19-14. We came out energized and quickly outscored Jonesport 14-4 and led 41-26 after three quarters. We rebounded better and attacked the basket.

We turned it up in the fourth to take a commanding 21-point lead before Coach Randy Shepard put in the bench players to gain experience. We played like the team that we must be to compete with the better teams we will face. Lily Gray had 16 points, Brienna Limeburner 14, Katie Hutchinson 12, Orly Vaughn 5, and Jessalyn Gove and Madison Frazier with 4 each.

sports; DIS; girls; jessalyn; Gove; 020217; Deer IsleStonington High School; Mariners; dishs; game; high school; school; team Jessalyn Gove takes a shot. Photo by Jack Scott

Jessalyn Gove takes a shot. Photo by Jack Scott

The girls beat Bangor Christian 32-21. We played down to the competition and led only 14-10 at the half. It’s what I call an ugly win but a win just the same. Once again, we came out flat against a team we should be more aggressive against.

Bangor Christian slowed down the game and we did get into some foul trouble. We do have problems with boxing out to get good position for rebounds and that adds to fouls by trying to get the ball when we are out of position. Lily Gray and Brienna Limeburner each had 10 points and Orly Vaughn and Katie Hutchinson each had 6.

The girls are 11-6 and in a pretty solid fourth place. That means we will have a game at the Cross Center. We must put in a good effort for four quarters if we are to get a win there. Eight of our victories have been against teams with only 1 or 2 wins and sometimes we play poorly because we can and still win. We need to focus on the aggressive play that we used to get the big wins, especially when we get to Bangor.

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