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by Jack Scott
The varsity girls basketball team beat a resilient Bangor Christian squad, 55-46. We played a superb first quarter, jumping out to a 21-9 lead. BC had a hot shooter and they shot their way back into the game to trail only 33-28 at the half. Abby Grindle’s half-court heave at the third quarter buzzer went in to push our lead to eight, as we led 45-37. When BC tried to pressure us, we beat the press, with Chelsea Brown and Janelle Ciomei getting points under the basket to preserve our lead. It was BC’s good shooting that kept them in the game, but we always had an answer to keep our lead.
Coach Darren Eaton mentioned that Heidi Brewer played “in your face” defense on BC’s main scorer and held her to three baskets. BC is a quality team and we held our cool in a close game. Chelsea Brown led us with 19, Britnie Jones, 15, Abby Grindle and Janelle Ciomei, each with seven, and Heidi Brewer, five.
The girls then beat Machias, 50-35. The intensity of the Bangor Christian game the night before caught up to us in this game, and even though we led the entire game, we needed a strong effort in the fourth quarter to preserve the win. There were a lot of fouls called and despite starting the fourth quarter with an 11-point lead, Machias pressured us and whittled the lead down to three points with four minutes left.
At this point, Coach Eaton put all the starters back in and mixed up our defenses. We responded with a 12-0 run to put the game out of reach. Coach Eaton was pleased with the good finish, despite our troubles before that. Chelsea Brown led us with 20 points, Britnie Jones and Janelle Ciomei each had 12, and Abby Grindle, four.
The junior varsity boys made a spectacular comeback to beat George Stevens, 48-45. Leading only 15-11 at the half, GSA opened up their lead to 12 points after three quarters. With three and a half minutes left in the game, we still trailed by 10. We went on an 11-3 run with baskets and foul shots from Stuart Bray, Jake Starkey, Charlie Gokey, Nathan Davis, and Noah Leighton. We got our first lead from two foul shots by Lucas Oliver with 30 seconds left. With 12 seconds left, Charlie Gokey grabbed a rebound and it was two foul shots by Nathan Davis with seven seconds left that sealed the win. It was a great team win. Lucas Oliver had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Nathan Davis, 15 points with three three-pointers, and Charlie Gokey and Stuart Bray each had four.
The varsity boys beat George Stevens in a close game, 53-44. We quickly trailed 7-0 before heating up to lead 13-11 after one quarter. We led by a point at the half and then pulled ahead at the end of the third quarter, 35-29. We closed out the game well, maintaining our lead and hitting our foul shots at the end of the game. Good defense also kept GSA from rattling us and we maintained our poise at the end under pressure.
I felt that this was a breakout game for Hayden Ciomei, who held his own against the tall athletic GSA forwards. He took their punishment and gave it back. Mario Bartlett also had a good game inside to complement our outside shooting. Sam Grindle led us with 19 points, Mario Bartlett, 10 points and 10 rebounds, Hayden Ciomei, nine points, six rebounds and three steals, Kevin Melanio, eight points, and Dylan Brown, four.
The boys beat Bangor Christian, 68-59. We had as good a first quarter as we have had all year to lead 27-14. We relaxed just a bit and went away from what was working, allowing BC to stay within reach. Our lead shrunk to seven at the half and six after three quarters. We came back strong in the fourth, led by Mario Bartlett who had been sitting with foul trouble. We also had excellent foul shooting throughout this game, hitting 22 of 25 foul shots as a team.
Sam Grindle led us with 20 points, nine for 10 from the foul line, Mario Bartlett, 19 points and seven rebounds, Dustin Powers 11 points, Hayden Ciomei, eight points and 14 rebounds, and Tim Cormier, four points.
The girls have a 6-1 record and have moved up to fourth place with their two wins. We have a tough game ahead against an improved Shead team and another game with Machias to keep our momentum going. Coach Eaton is giving the bench players more time as they need to step up if we are going to hold our own against the tougher teams. The bad news is that we let teams hang around, but the good news is that we have been able to win these games. We are going to have to earn respect from the rest of the league with our play.