Deer Isle—The girls basketball team beat Bangor Christian 37-22 on January 10. We started out flat and led 19-14 at the half. We came out with more energy in the third period with some steals and better rebounding. We didn’t play as well as we can, but we did get the win. Kaylee Morey led us with 11 points, Katie Hutchinson 10, and Lily Gray and Taylor Hardy each with 6.
The girls won an exciting game the next day against George Stevens, 55-51. We got down in the first half by 20 at one time and trailed 34-17 at the half. It wasn’t that we weren’t playing well, but GSA shot the lights out and could not miss. After the half, we changed our defense to cool off the GSA shooters and put on the pressure to trail by 5 after three quarters.
We kept up the pressure in the fourth, causing more turnovers, and near the end of the quarter, took our first lead of two points. GSA was forced to foul, and four clutch foul shots by Kaylee Morey and one by Lily Gray preserved the win. At half time, Coach Randy Shepard told the girls we needed to show what we were made of, and they responded. We showed a lot of confidence to come back from such a big hole against a good team. Lily Gray led us with 19 points, including four 3-pointers, Kaylee Morey 10, Orly Vaughn 7, Brienna Limeburner with 7 points and many steals, and Katie Hutchinson 6.
The girls then beat Bucksport 46-39 on January 15. It wasn’t a pretty win, but it was a win. We led 19-15 at the half and built a bigger lead until Bucksport dropped in a couple 3-pointers late in the fourth to close the gap to four points. We pulled the ball out to slow down the pace. Orly Vaughn made a big traditional 3-point play and Lily Gray and Taylor Hardy sunk clutch foul shots to preserve our lead. Lily Gray and Kaylee Morey led us with 10 points, Katie Hutchinson and Taylor Hardy each had 8, and Orly Vaughn 7.
The girls are still undefeated and at 12-0 have slipped to second place. Only two of the eight teams we play are in the playoff picture, so that doesn’t help us with Heal Points. However things shake down, we should be no lower than the top 3 in Class D and will make no difference about our play at the Auditorium. The offense hasn’t picked up to our earlier pace, but we have shown smart play to end the close games and keep control.