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Kevin Melanio shoots for the basket under pressure from a Machias player. The boys basketball team won their game, and are now 4-4.
Holly and Heidi make a “Brewer” sandwich around a Machias player in a recent game. The girls team won their game, and are now 7-2 for the season.
Chelsea Brown passes the ball to Julie Hutchins in the game against Machias.
by Jack Scott
The girls varsity lost to a scrappy Shead team, 47-37. This was a game that looked like we were in the driver’s seat until Shead put on an intense aggressive press in the last quarter and we totally lost our composure. We led 13-5 after one and 20-19 at the half. We pushed the lead back to 8 as we led 31-23 after three periods. In the fourth, Shead pressed the ball very well and we didn’t execute our press breaker. We let the game get away from us. In the words of Coach Darren Eaton, “the wheels just came off the bus.” We had our chances, as we missed lay-ups after beating the press, but we were rattled by the pressure.
This shortcoming will be tested by other teams, so we will have to figure out a way to overcome it. Shead shot their free throws well, so they closed out the game that we had played well enough to win if we hadn’t panicked. Chelsea Brown led us with 14, Heidi Brewer, 10, Britnie Jones, seven, and Janelle Ciomei, six.
The girls easily beat Machias, 57-28. We controlled this game all the way, with Heidi Brewer heaving in a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter to lead 18-7. We increased our lead to 14, and then 28 after three. Coach Eaton played his bench players quite a lot throughout this game. Machias did attempt to press us in the second half, but we were able to pass through the press. Britnie Jones led us with 17, Shiann Closson, nine, Heidi Brewer, eight, Janelle Ciomei, seven, Julie Hutchins, six, and Sarah Boutilier, four.
The JV boys lost a close game to Shead, 48-45. We shot a miserable 25 percent from the field, and trailed by six points or less every quarter. We stayed close the whole way, but couldn’t get ahead. This was a frustrating game because we know we should have had this one. Nathan Davis had 12, Stuart Bray, 11, Lucas Oliver, nine, and Deven Olsen and Noah Leighton each had four.
The JV boys easily beat Machias, 40-27. We jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter and led 30-14 at the half. This allowed Coach Tony Bray to substitute liberally and the bench was on the floor most of the second half. Nathan Davis led us with 13, Lucas Oliver and Tyler Robbins each had six; two players had three and four players had two.
The varsity boys rallied in the second half to beat Shead, 48-33. Shead got off to a quick start as we trailed 14-6 after the first quarter. Shead was doing a good job of mixing up the defenses and it took a while for us to recognize what they were doing. We came back to trail by only one point by the half. A combination of a revived offense and good defense allowed us to control the game in the second half as we outscored Shead, 29-12.
Both Hayden Ciomei and Mario Bartlett scored most of their points in the second half. Hayden Ciomei took a couple charges and also managed three steals to stall the Shead offense. It is a hard place to win, and Shead slows down the game, so Coach Glenn Billings was happy with this win. Hayden Ciomei led us with 14, Sam Grindle, 12, Mario Bartlett, 11, and Connor Morey, six.
The varsity boys lost a tough game to Machias, 49-45. This was a close game all the way. It was a rough game under the basket and Machias has two 6’4” players who do well around the basket. We did a good job defending them, but Brian Getchell was able to score too many times. On our offensive end, we had the looks but just didn’t get them to go. Because of their height, we didn’t get many second shots. We just didn’t hit the open shots we had.
We trailed by three or four points through the fourth. With 1:46 left, Getchell scored a couple baskets and Machias led 49-40. With less than a minute left, Tim Cormier dropped in a three and Kevin Melanio made a steal and a lay-up to cut the lead to four. We had several looks at the basket, but there wasn’t any magic left for the Mariners. Sam Grindle had 12, Dylan Brown, eight, Tim Cormier and Kevin Melanio, each with six, and Connor Morey and Mario Bartlett, each with five.
The girls are 7-2 and have dropped to fifth place. We needed the Shead game to keep our position. Unfortunately, many of the teams we play are not worth many points. We have a big game against George Stevens this week. Now that we have shown a weakness against pressure, teams will try and exploit this when they play us, so we have to be ready to deal with it.