The girls basketball team beat Sumner, 49-39. This was a game in which we held a comfortable lead throughout and Coach Darren Eaton was able to give his bench plenty of playing time. We executed well overall and the scoring was balanced among several players. Chelsea Brown led us with 13 points, Heidi Brewer, 12, Britnie Jones, 10, and Abby Grindle, Janelle Ciomei, and Shiann Closson each with four. Sumner plays a very scrappy defense and Coach Eaton feels it is important to give the non-starters experience when he can. This was a good test for them.
The girls beat Jonesport, 46-29, in a game that was closer than the final score. Neither team played well in the first half as we led 16-12. We mixed up our defenses in the second half, and really pulled away in the fourth quarter. Both Chelsea Brown and Abby Grindle had six of their points in the fourth quarter to help us put the game away.
Coach Eaton also felt that Abby Grindle did an excellent job distributing the ball and setting up her teammates to score. Coach Eaton felt the starters played a focused game. Chelsea Brown led us with 16 points, Abby Grindle, 12, Britnie Jones, five, and Heidi Brewer, Janelle Ciomei, and Shiann Closson each with four.
The girls beat Searsport, 54-31, in a game in which we played poorly for the first half before we energized our defense in the second half. To look at the score, it looks like a one-sided game. However, after a sloppy first half, we led 23-15 and after a Searsport three-pointer to open the third quarter, we led only 23-18. We changed our defenses and the full court press, and that seemed to energize our offense and generate a lot of transition baskets. We stretched our lead to 35-20 after three quarters. That got us going and we pulled further ahead in the fourth for the easy win. Chelsea Brown led us with 18 points, 14 in the second half, Britnie Jones, 17 points and several steals, Shiann Closson, eight, and Janelle Ciomei, four.
The JV boys basketball team lost their only game this week to Sumner, 40-34. It was a close game through three quarters as we trailed 25-23, but Sumner pulled it out with a strong fourth quarter. This team is learning to work together and is getting there, but it will take time. Noah Leighton had 14 points and four steals, Charlie Gokey, six points and eight rebounds, and Lucas Oliver, six points.
The boys varsity basketball team lost a tough game to Sumner in overtime, 58-55. The score was close throughout the game. Coach Glenn Billings described this as a very physical game where we had chances at the end of regulation to go ahead. Sumner held the ball for the last shot, but Hayden Ciomei blocked their attempt to send the game to overtime. Coach Billings felt we showed a lot of heart, as we trailed by as many as 10 points in the third, but we battled our way back in the game, coming up just short. Sam Grindle led us with 23 points, Mario Bartlett, 10, Dustin Powers, eight, Dylan Brown, six, and Hayden Ciomei, five.
The next day the boys traveled to Jonesport and lost, 64-48. Jonesport rushed out to a 13-1 lead, but we fought back to trail 17-9 after the first quarter. Jonesport has two 6’4” players, one of whom dropped in five three-pointers. Both Sam Grindle and Connor Morey each had three three-pointers, but we couldn’t match Jonesport’s shooting. Coach Billings felt we got good looks, but with their inside dominance, we weren’t getting many second chances.
Coach Billings felt that overall there were positives about our play. Jonesport is a talented athletic team that is picked to be at the top of Class D and we held them to 64 points on their floor. Dustin Powers had an uncharacteristic cold shooting night, and we expect that to make a difference. We did make a couple of runs, and as we figure out our inside game, we will make a better game with them in February. Connor Morey led us with 17 points, Sam Grindle, 15 points and seven rebounds, Hayden Ciomei, seven points and seven rebounds, and Mario Bartlett, four points.
The girls are off to a 4-0 start and face a tough Lee team after Christmas. Coach Eaton is hoping that he will get back Holly Brewer and Haley Brewer from ineligibility. This will give him not only more depth, but also experience. As a team, we need to give a focused intense effort for all four quarters, especially as we face some stronger teams.
The boys are 1-2, but they are getting battle-tested with tough games. Getting the inside/outside balance in the offense is a key to our improvement. Keeping our outside shooting momentum will open up the inside game. Playing the tough teams will make us ready to take on anyone by the time we get to February. We have all the pieces to have a solid team as we develop together. Look for this team to look a lot better by the middle of January and to be a team no one wants to face in February.