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by Jack Scott
The girls basketball team opened its season with a 41-33 win over Shead on Saturday, December 11. We led the entire game, but were never able to pull far enough ahead of them to put the game out of reach. We led each quarter, but never by more than 8. We mixed up defenses and did some half-court traps to disrupt Shead’s offense. Our own offense was not as smooth as we would have liked, but it is early in the season.
Our play was good, but not as consistent as I know we can play. Our defense was solid and didn’t allow Shead to run up points quickly. Chelsea Brown led us in offense with 14 points, dropping in several key baskets. Britnie Jones had 10, 6 from the free throw line, Abby Grindle and Heidi Brewer each with 6, and Janelle Ciomei a 3 pointer to go along with good defense.
Coach Darren Eaton was pleased overall to get the win. He felt the players coming off the bench did well and allowed the starters to get rest. This will be critical this season with our small numbers. We did manage four 3-pointers to help open up Shead’s zone defense. We were a little over- anxious and missed several inside lay ups.
Coach Eaton feels there are areas we need to improve on, especially in the area of rebounding, but we are starting on the right foot. We have a few days to get ready for three road games in five days, starting Thursday, December 16, at Sumner. Shead always plays us tough so this was a good win.
The boys j.v. basketball team lost to Shead 53-40. This game was close most of the way, but we let Shead beat us back for some easy baskets. We trailed 24-20 at the half. Shead built the lead up to 10 after three. But we battled back to within a few points only to lose focus and let Shead run away with it in the last couple of minutes. It is early in the season and it looked it. Lucas Oliver and Charlie Gokey each had 10 and Devon Olsen had 8.
The boys varsity basketball team beat Shead 50-36. After a pokey first period where we led 8-4, we pulled ahead 26-14 thanks in part to an 8-point burst by Dylan Brown. Our outside shooting wasn’t great, but it was good enough to keep Shead from packing in the zone. Another key was playing defense on Shead’s high-scoring guard, which was handled by Kevin Melanio and Sam Grindle.
Good defense and rebounding for the inside game helped limit Shead’s points in the paint. Hayden Ciomei with 9 rebounds and Tim Cormier with 5 gave us good play coming off the bench. We led 38-20 after three periods and we never let it get out of control. We made the extra passes against the zone defense and it gave us some good looks. We are still a work in progress, but we looked like we know what we want to do and executed together well.
Dylan Brown led us with 14 points and 5 rebounds, Sam Grindle 12 points and 5 steals, Connor Morey had 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals, and Kevin Melanio 8 points.