The girls ran into a buzz saw and lost to Washburn, 78-40. The game started all wrong for us as we got down 14-0 and Chelsea Brown picked up her second foul in the first three minutes. It looked pretty grim as it got to 18-1, but we battled back to get within 8 and trailed 22-12 after the first quarter.
We held our own until about midway through the second, when we trailed 32-21. Then the turnover bug got us again and Washburn ended the quarter on a 12 -3 run to lead 44-24 at the half. Washburn started the second half with another 12-3 run that pretty much buried us at 56-27.
Probably about half of Washburn’s points came from transition turnover baskets. We knew we needed to stand up to the pressure and keep them in a half-court game. At times we were successful, but overall Washburn had several one-sided runs where their pressure got through to us.
Janelle Ciomei led us with 18 points and six rebounds, Chelsea Brown, 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Logan Eaton, 5 points. This was a tall order for us and hopefully this can be a learning experience for the returning players who all got to play out on the floor. We know what we have to do next year.
In previous action, the girls won their preliminary game against Penobscot Valley, 48-27, avenging two earlier losses. We jumped out quick with a strong first half with well-balanced scoring to lead 22-8 at the half. PVHS defense tried to stifle Chelsea Brown, and Janelle Ciomei was successful in getting the other players involved and they responded with good offense.
Although PVHS cut the lead to 9 in the third quarter, we came right back with an 8-0 run to lead 32-16 after three quarters. We were in control from there, going 9 for 10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to ice the game. Solid defense was the key as well as the well-balanced offense. Janelle Ciomei and Sarah Boutilier had 12 points, Haley Brewer, 9, Julie Hutchins, 7, and Chelsea Brown, 6.