The varsity girls basketball team beat a scrappy Sumner team, 57-36. We had a strong first period, leading 20-6, and kept the lead over 10 throughout the game. Was it just me, or did it seem like the refs let Sumner maul us? Sumner put on a full court press by the second period (I told you, the word is out), and though we did commit a good amount of turnovers, we also caused a lot of turnovers.
We managed to shoot well enough to stay ahead, and then we beat Sumner back to the basket in the last couple of minutes of the game, as they got a little too aggressive and we ended the game on a 9-0 spurt to put it out of reach.
After the Shead game, this kind of pressure is what we should expect from the better teams. Britnie Jones and Heidi Brewer led us with 14 points each, both benefiting from the transition game, Abby Grindle and Chelsea Brown each had 8, Janelle Ciomei, with 7 and Shiann Closson, with 4.
The girls easily beat Calvary Chapel, 51-21. We led 18-2 after one quarter and 29-8 at the half. Coach Darren Eaton was able to play his bench players for many minutes to give them experience on the floor. Janelle Ciomei led us with 12 points, Shiann Closson with 8, Holly Brewer with 8, Chelsea Brown and Britnie Jones, each with 6, and Whitney Brown and Heidi Brewer, each with 4.
The junior varsity boys easily beat Sumner 33-19. This was a low scoring game, as the half-time score was 14-8 in our favor. We pulled away in the second half to a double-digit lead.
Many players got substantial time in this game, as the JV team has big numbers. Lucas Oliver led us with 10 points and 13 rebounds, Nathan Davis and Noah Leighton each had 7 points, and Charlie Gokey had 5 points and 8 rebounds.
The varsity boys basketball team played the best game I’ve seen them play, beating Sumner, 64-51. We had a strong first quarter, leading 16-5. We shot well and played good defense. Sumner shot a lot of 3-pointers, content to try for the rebound on a miss, and though they hit seven of them, it gave us the opportunity to keep control of the game by defending the perimeter well. Sumner played a very aggressive pressure defense, but for the most part, we handled it well. We also rebounded well, as we held our own against this athletic team.
In the last quarter, we had an 11-point lead with 3 minutes left, and then we shot our foul shots well, hitting 7 of 9, and made some transition baskets to lead by 20.
Sumner heaved in three desperation 3-pointers in the last minute, but by then the game was over. This was a great team effort from many players, especially on defense, to get this valuable win.
We had five players in double figures. Sam Grindle led us with 18 points, Hayden Ciomei with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Mario Bartlett with 11 points and 9 rebounds, Dylan Brown with 11 points, and Connor Morey with 10 points.
The varsity boys played well to beat Searsport, 59-44. We had a slow start, but pushed the lead to 10 points at halftime. We made a good defensive effort all around, but got in the offensive flow in the second half. Coach Glenn Billings substituted quite liberally, allowing everyone to play. Searsport does not have a good record, but they play tough in their own gym. Connor Morey led us with 14 points, Sam Grindle with 13, Mario Bartlett with 12, and Kevin Melanio with 8. The balanced scoring in the last two games shows we are playing good team ball.
The boys easily beat Calvary Chapel 75-29. We led 32-5 after the first quarter and 47-10 at the half. Coach Billings was able to substitute freely and everyone scored. Thirteen was a lucky number as Connor Morey, Sam Grindle, and Tim Cormier each had 13 points with 3 3-pointers. Hayden Ciomei had 8, Mario Bartlett had 6 points and 8 rebounds, and Nathan Davis and Oliver Lawson each had 6 points.
The girls are at 9-2 and in sixth place. We missed our showdown with George Stevens due to the big storm. We have a few big games ahead that will show how we measure up to the better teams. We need to keep winning to stay in sixth and we have a key game against Bangor Christian coming up.
The boys are at 7-4 and are presently in seventh place, but they are really in a logjam with the fifth-thru-ninth teams separated by less than two Heal Points.
We have been coming together at the right time as we play the second half of the season with a key game against Machias coming up. If we can play with the intensity and focus we showed against Sumner, we should take that game. The role players are playing well, and that is the mark of a successful team. We are playing with good defensive intensity, and defense wins championships.
Once again, I am off to do volunteer work in Belize, Central America, so I won’t be reporting for the next couple of weeks. The good news is that I will be back to see the Jonesport games at the end of the regular season and cover the post season. I expect to see both teams at least with a preliminary game and on to Bangor!