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Scott's Sports Spot
by Jack Scott
The girls basketball team easily beat Searsport, 51-21. We led 27-17 at the end of the first half. We didn’t penetrate their zone defense well and scored on a lot of transition baskets. We opened up in the second half and extended the lead to 37-20 after three. Searsport only scored four points in the second half.
Coach Darren Eaton used his subs liberally early in the fourth quarter when the game was well in hand, so everybody was able to play. Janelle Ciomei led us with 22 points, Chelsea Brown, 19, and Sarah Boutilier and Allison Cormier each had four.
The girls pulled out a close game to beat Machias, 47-41. The score is not an indicator of the game, as we were down a point with a minute left. We led 22-15 at the half, and led 31-22 after three quarters. In the fourth, we struggled while Machias went on a 15-0 run to close the gap.
With a minute left, we trailed 41-40. Chelsea Brown had four fouls and Janelle Ciomei had fouled out and it looked like we were running out of gas. Luckily, Chelsea Brown was a force in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 of her 27 points, including two baskets in the last minute to help us pull away. Haley Brewer dropped in a three near the end to ice the win. Luckily also, Machias went 12 for 35 from the foul line. Haley Brewer had three three-pointers for nine points and Janelle Ciomei had four.
The boys basketball team beat Bangor Christian, 50-35. After a close first half with the score 20-19, we pulled away in the third quarter to lead 36-24 after three. We kept the lead to make BC come after us, but we took care of the ball and made foul shots.
This was a game we won with defense. Kevin Melanio was able to shut down their top scorer. We also were able to pass through and over their full court press, not letting them get easy baskets off turnovers. Sam Grindle led us with 17 points, 10 of them in the second half, Hayden Ciomei, 10, Lucas Oliver, nine, and Tim Cormier, seven.
The boys beat Machias, 64-44, in another deceiving final score. Though we led all the way, Machias kept it around 10 points, and was able to close it to six points in the fourth. A couple of baskets on in-bounds plays by Hayden Ciomei, four baskets by Sam Grindle, and four clutch foul shots by Connor Morey sealed the win as we pulled away.
Machias is a tall team, and 6’ 4” Dustin Getchell wreaked havoc under the basket to keep Machias in the game. Using help defense, we were able to limit the damage and get this important win. Sam Grindle led us with 30 points, six rebounds, and five assists, and Connor Morey, Nathan Davis, and Tim Cormier each had eight points.
The girls have a 4-3 record and are currently in 11th place, though you can’t take stock in that. Four points separate the sixth through 15th place right now. It is good to be able to see the HEAL points updated daily, but they can change quickly, especially this early in the season. We have three big games with Penobscot Valley, Shead, and Machias this week and how we perform will set our place in the standings. We are still a work in progress. This week will show our progress as a team or not.
The boys are 4-3 and in fourth place. See the above paragraph for what that is worth now. We have been finishing games well and the scoring is coming from many players besides Sam Grindle. We live off our defense and that has been able to keep us in all the games other than Jonesport.
We now have a brutal week ahead with five games in seven days, including George Stevens, Shead, Machias, and Bucksport, so this will determine whether we can stay up in the standings. If we can survive this marathon, we will be in good shape. Guys—get lots of sleep!