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Scott's Sports Spot
by Jack Scott
The girls basketball team lost a heart-breaker to Bucksport, 42-40. We got down 14-8 in the first quarter, but we managed a quick 7-point spurt in the middle of the second and were ahead 21-20 at the half. We struggled in the third quarter with too many turnovers and poor shot selection, trailing 35-26 at the end of the quarter.
About halfway through the fourth quarter, we came to life with 3-pointers from Haley Brewer and Chelsea Brown along with a 2-point basket from Chelsea to tie it up at 40-40. Bucksport scored with a minute and half left, and each team suffered turnovers without any good shots. We fouled with 10 seconds left and got the rebound on the missed foul shot.
Haley Brewer got off a shot that rolled in and out of the rim and Sarah Boutilier put the rebound in, but it was just a second too late. So close and yet so far. This was a rough-played game and I thought we did well to hold our own. Chelsea Brown led us with 18, Janelle Ciomei and Haley Brewer each with 8, and Sarah Boutilier, 4.
The girls beat an improved Searsport team, 55-42. It was a fairly close game in the first half as we led 27-22 at the half. We broke the game open in the third, with Janelle Ciomei scoring 11 points and we led 40-26 after three quarters. We maintained the lead for the win. Chelsea Brown led us with 27, Janelle Ciomei, 13, and Sarah Boutilier, 6.
The girls beat a scrappy Bangor Christian team, 54-37. Though we led most of the game, we couldn’t maintain a double-digit lead. We led 33-25 after three quarters. We spread the floor in the fourth, making BC come after us and we came through from the foul line making 11 of 13 to ice the win.
We responded well to their pressure and didn’t allow them to close the gap. In those close games at the end, anything can happen. Janelle Ciomei led us with 16, Chelsea Brown, 13, Sarah Boutilier, 9, Morgan Shepard, 6, Haley Brewer, 4, and Holly Boyce, 3.
The boys basketball team won their only game this week, beating Bangor Christian, 58-45. This was a game of swings, as we started slow but then had a strong end of the first and start of the second with a 20-2 run to lead 22-9 halfway through the second. BC did manage to come back as we led 27-18 at the half.
We stretched the lead to 41-26 after three quarters. Early in the fourth quarter, BC went on a 10-1 run to close the gap to 5 points. We traded foul shots and turnovers, but still only trailing by 5 with a minute left, BC had to foul us whenever we got the ball as our defense did not allow them any more points. We went 8 of 13 from the foul line in the last minute to stretch the lead back into double digits. It was a lot closer game than the score would indicate.
We did manage balanced scoring around a strong game by Sam Grindle. Sam led us with 26 points, Nathan Davis, 8, Hayden Ciomei and Kevin Melanio each with 6, Connor Morey, 5, and Tim Cormier, 4.
The girls at 9-6 are in eighth place, though the Bangor Christian win has still not been factored in yet. We have three games left we need to win to help get us into a more favorable position. They are Sumner, Jonesport, and George Stevens. We are getting more scoring around Janelle Ciomei and Chelsea Brown, but we need to keep working on that area. Our defense remains strong and that keeps us in games.
The boys are 8-6 and still in sixth place. Other than the improbable task of going to Jonesport and winning there, we have must win games with Penobscot Valley, George Stevens, and Searsport to hold our position. We are playing well, but need to keep focusing on turnovers and taking care of the ball.
Congratulations to the cheering squad. Their third place finish in the Eastern Maine Regional was less than 2 points behind number two Woodland and allows them a trip to the state competition.