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by Jack Scott
The girls basketball team won a squeaker, beating Penobscot Valley 36-35. Both teams were prone to turnovers in the first period and we led 7-4. We never got on track in the second period and it took two late baskets by Whitney Brown in the second period to bring us close, trailing 15-13 at the half.
We came out energized in the third and found our offense. We were scrappy on defense and took our time, taking better shots, for a 33-22 lead. I don’t know what happened, but we came all apart in the fourth and our lead slowly leaked away. We were plagued by turnovers and fouls, with Chelsea Brown fouling out with four minutes left.
Neither team made a field goal in the fourth quarter. PVHS shot 24 foul shots and we shot 10. A key steal by Julie Hutchins with 30 seconds left and a foul shot by Holli Boyce with 10 seconds left made the difference as we hung on for the one point win. Logan Eaton led us with 8 points and Julie Hutchins, Whitney Brown, and Holli Boyce each with 4. It wasn’t pretty, but it was worth a lot of Heal Points.
The girls ended up on the wrong end of a close game, losing to Machias 39-37. We trailed the entire game and got our first lead from two foul shots by Shiann Closson with 15 seconds left in the game to lead 37-36. Then Machias came down and hit a big 3-pointer with six seconds left to seal their win.
After trailing 20-16 at the half, we got down by 10 to trail 29-19 after three quarters. We rallied back in the fourth quarter, but came up just short at the end. Coach Darren Eaton felt we played better than we had recently without so many turnovers, but it wasn’t our night. Chelsea Brown and Morgan Shepard each had 8, Allyson Eaton 6, and Logan Eaton 4.
The girls beat Bucksport 39-32. We executed better than we had recently and broke open a close game with a strong third quarter. It was 14-13 at the half and we led 30-21 after three quarters. We didn’t get the scoring we wanted but our defense did cause many turnovers. Chelsea Brown led us with 11, Allyson Eaton 9, Shiann Closson 7, and Morgan Shepard 4.
The boys basketball team beat Penobscot Valley 64-46. PVHS kept it close in the first half with some good perimeter shooting, but in the third quarter we opened up our lead with defensive pressure to put the game out of reach. Midway through the fourth, Coach Glenn Billings put in all the bench players to gain experience. Sam Grindle had 21 points and 6 assists, Connor Morey 13 points, Stuart Bray 12 points and 5 rebounds, and Hayden Ciomei 7 rebounds.
Ever have one of those days where nothing goes right? The boys had one like that in losing to Machias 47-34. We played solid defense on the inside height that the Machias players have. At the half we trailed 17-16 but had a dismal third quarter, scoring only one point to trail 29-17.
We rallied back in the fourth to get as close as three points, but we just couldn’t get anything more and Machias made their foul shots when we had to foul and stretched their lead. Coach Billings said that we had so many shots rattle off the inside of the rim he couldn’t believe it. Machias didn’t out hustle us or out rebound us, despite their height. We were getting the open shots we wanted, but it was like the basket had a glass cover. Sam Grindle had 11 points, Nathan Davis 7, and Tim Cormier 5.
The boys beat Bucksport 55-32 by playing solid defense. We had a good third quarter to stretch our halftime lead of 8 to 17. We kept the lead through the fourth so Coach Billings could let the younger players finish the game. Coach Billings felt it was our defense that kept Bucksport off balance and challenged their shots. Hayden Ciomei had a strong game under the basket defensively to go with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Sam Grindle led us with 20 points and Nathan Davis had 8.
The girls at 8-3 are in seventh place. We have a tough stretch ahead with several key games to show where we stand. We are still a work in progress and need to keep improving on team work. Turnovers can plague us and we need to stay focused on running a coherent offense. When we do, we take better shots and get good results. Our defense has been our strength and this is the time of year to be coming together overall.
The boys at 8-2 are presently in third place. We recovered well at Bucksport from the horrific shooting night at Machias. Our defense has been a constant and this keeps us in games when the offense doesn’t flow. We have a couple big games this week including a chance to avenge our loss to Machias. I expect a much different game when we play them at home on Monday afternoon.