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Scott's Sports Spot
Stuart Bray goes up for a shot against Sumner on January 17.
The Deer Isle-Stonington High School cheerleaders perform their routine. The cheerleaders head to the Eastern Maine cheering competition on Saturday, January 26 in the Bangor Auditorium at 11:35 a.m.
by Jack Scott
The girls basketball team lost to Sumner 55-37. We got in a hole early trailing 14-5 after one quarter and 29-16 at the half. Sumner came at us with pressure and it took a toll on us before we adjusted to beat the press. We couldn’t match their energy and though we played pretty even in the second half, we were too far behind. Morgan Shepard led us with 11, Chelsea Brown 10, Allyson Eaton 9, and Shiann Closson 5.
The girls lost to Machias 50-48 by virtue of a shot at the buzzer. After a close first quarter, we pulled ahead, partially due to the hot shooting of Holli Boyce who had 11 points, nailing three 3-pointers as we led 27-20 at the half. As we have been prone to do, we got a little sloppy in the third, got called on many fouls with Machias going 10 of 13 from the foul line to trail 37-34 after three quarters.
After trailing 40-34, we evened the game up by the help of Shiann Closson’s 8 points. It was back and forth to the foul line through the period. When Machias pulled ahead with 25 seconds left, Allyson Eaton scored and was fouled with 10 seconds left to tie it up. Our luck gave out at this point, as Allyson made the shot but we were called on a lane violation. Machias heaved up an errant 3-pointer but they were there to put back the rebound as time expired, similar to the first time they beat us.
In the end, it was foul shooting that made the difference. We were 18 for 40 and Machias was 25 for 40. This was a much better effort overall against a good team, but I really thought we had this game at the end. It just wasn’t in the cards. Shiann Closson led us with 14, Holli Boyce and Allyson Eaton each with 11, and Chelsea Brown 6.
The boys basketball team lost a tough game to Sumner 52-49. We had a sluggish first quarter with too many turnovers to trail 11-10 and then a very cold shooting performance to trail 32-23 at the half. We couldn’t get anything to go in the third quarter and trailed by 19 points, 44-25, with a minute and a half to go. We got a couple baskets to trail 44-30 after three.
We cranked up the defensive pressure in the fourth and slowly fought our way back. We had it down to 2 points with les than a minute to go, but we had to foul and Sumner made one foul shot. We had a chance to tie with a 3-pointer, but it was off the mark and that was it. With our shots not dropping, we needed to pick up the defensive intensity earlier in the game.
Sumner is a good team with all their players back and we just couldn’t pull off the rally. Stuart Bray led us with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Hayden Ciomei 13 points, Sam Grindle 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 steals, Connor Morey 5 points and Lucas Oliver 4.
The boys avenged the loss to Machias by beating them 54-47. The first half was a close battle with the lead changing many times and we led 28-27 at the half. We struggled a bit in the third quarter as Machias pounded the ball inside to their tall men and we got in foul trouble to trail 42-37 after three.
We cranked up our defensive pressure to take them out of their half court set and hit a few shots to lead 49-47 with two minutes left. Machias did not score a point in the last five minutes of the game. We went 6 of 8 from the foul line and we got two big defensive rebounds near the end from Tim Cormier and Connor Morey to control the ball and win the game.
This was a hard fought win as we did rebound along with this very tall team. Sam Grindle had a big game with 27 points, including three 3-pointers and 10 of 12 from the foul line, Connor Morey 9 points, Hayden Ciomei 6, and Lucas Oliver 4.
The girls at 8-5 are in seventh place. We lost two games last week, but we played hard against Machias and got beat at the buzzer. The two things that keep coming back to haunt us are unforced turnovers and foul shooting. This is especially true in the close game we seem prone to be in.
The boys at 9-3 are in third place and have got their mojo back. Good defense and clutch play in the last two minutes gave us the Machias win. Our shooting is still not were it should be, but it is better and good defense keeps us in the games and gets us points in transition. With six games left and the big game at the end with Jonesport, we need to keep working and building our confidence.