The girls basketball team lost to Penobscot Valley, 52-32. Though we trailed for the whole game, we were still in the game until the fourth period, when we ran out of offense. We trailed 14-10 after one quarter and 26-18 at the half. We had many opportunities in the third to catch up, but we trailed 36-29 at the end of that quarter. We made mistakes and PVHS made us pay. We couldn’t seem to get anywhere in the fourth, scoring only 3 points. Chelsea Brown led us with 14 and Janelle Ciomei had nine.
The girls lost a similar game to Shead, 41-25, where we had big lapses in the offense. We led 9-6 after the first quarter, but went cold in the second, scoring only two points to trail 16-11 at the half. We were able to close the gap in the third, and trailed only 30-27 after that quarter. Again we went flat in the fourth, scoring only two points to give Shead the game. Chelsea Brown led us with 14 and Janelle Ciomei had five.
The girls got back on track by redeeming themselves with a solid 52-24 win over Machias. We led 25-13 after a dominating second quarter. For a change, we came out strong in the third quarter and outscored Machias, 17-3, to put the game out of reach. We combined a stingy defense with an aggressive offense, attacking the basket and passing well.
This was the game we needed to play, with the older players stepping up and working the younger players into the offense. Janelle Ciomei was able to get many players involved, with eight players scoring. Chelsea Brown led us with 15, Janelle Ciomei and Morgan Shepard each had eight and Logan Eaton, six.
The JV boys program was revived, thanks to Terry Siebert stepping forward to take over the vacant coach position. The boys varsity basketball team easily beat Searsport, 54-32. We took a while to get going, but led Searsport by 10 points at the half. We blew it open in the third quarter and put the game out of reach. We cut down on our turnovers and shot well from the free-throw line. We managed strong defense, as well, to keep control of the game. Connor Morey led us with 14, Sam Grindle, 13, Lucas Oliver, nine, and Hayden Ciomei, six points and 10 rebounds.
The boys beat George Stevens, 53-37, at their gym. In what felt like a big game atmosphere, we led throughout and were able to counter any runs GSA made. We led 18-14 after one and 30-24 at the half. We stretched the lead to 42-32 after three and played good defense to hold them off. We took care of the ball and made good decisions whenever GSA put on the pressure. This was a solid team effort. Sam Grindle had 26 points, including four three-pointers and six of six free throws. Hayden Ciomei had 10 points, with 10 rebounds and good interior defense.
The boys beat Shead, 56-45 with a strong second half performance. Because it was the afternoon after the GSA game, we started slow and were actually trailing by seven late in the first half. Nathan Davis energized us by coming off the bench to score six points to bring us close. After being tied 26-26 at the half, we built on our lead to be ahead, 43-38, after three quarters and held them off for the win. Once again we took better care of the ball at the end of the game and our defense kept Shead from coming back. Sam Grindle led us with 16, Nathan Davis, 13, Connor Morey, 11, Lucas Oliver, seven, and Hayden Ciomei, five.
The boys lost a tough game to Machias, 50-41, where we ran out of gas in the fourth. It was a close game until then, as we led 21-18 at the half and 32-30 after three quarters. We just went cold in the fourth and Machias used their height to control rebounds. We had to foul at the end and Machias took a lead of a few points to made it nine. Maybe it was the marathon of games that caught up to us, but we couldn’t pull it out in the end of the game. Sam Grindle led us with 21 points and Hayden Ciomei had eight.
The girls at 5-5 are in eighth place and have come back to life after a couple of frustrating games. We need to build on the teamwork and aggressive offense that we showed against Machias to recover the swagger we had earlier. If we are going to go anywhere, we need to emphasize the camaraderie we showed there.
The boys at 7-4 are in sixth place and have played very well other than faltering at Machias. Defense has been a key, and we have been getting adequate offense from several players other than Sam Grindle. With the marathon over, we need to focus on the good teamwork that has allowed us to do so well.