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Connor Morey drives through at home against Searsport on December 29. The Mariners were victorious 64-46.
Chelsea Brown passes low and sly against Searsport at home on December 29. The Lady Mariners went on to win 62-53 in a game “harder than the score would indicate,” writes Jack Scott.
by Jessica Brophy
The girls basketball team toughed out a win for their only game over the break, beating Searsport 62-53. This game was harder than the score would indicate. We jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter, leading 17-4. Searsport shot their way back into the game with five 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer to shrink our lead to 27-23.
We built the lead back to 12, but Searsport scored the last four points of the quarter, as our lead was 44-36 after three. Searsport used a trap to rattle us into turnovers and the score was down to 54-50 with a couple minutes left. With about a minute left, Chelsea Brown made a big steal to convert a layup for a conventional three-point play to push our lead back to 58-50. We kept control from there on in for the 62-53 win.
Morgan Shepard led us with 14 points, Chelsea Brown 13, Shiann Closson 8, Logan Eaton and Allison Cormier each with 7, and Allyson Eaton 6.
The boys varsity basketball team beat Sumner 56-45. As reported in the last issue, Sam Grindle scored his 1,000 point in this game. We came out flat, not matching Sumner’s intensity and getting out rebounded to trail 34-25 at the half. After Sam got his 1,000 point, we played more inspired and picked up our defense, limiting Sumner to 11 second half points. We outscored Sumner 21-4 in the fourth and got what looked like an easy win, but it wasn’t. Sam Grindle led us with 16 points, Connor Morey 12, Stuart Bray 10, Hayden Ciomei 8, and Nathan Davis 6.
The boys beat George Stevens 64-48. This was a game that we led the whole game and had a comfortable lead all the way. We led 35-23 at the half and 51-36 after three quarters. Sam Grindle led us with 18 points, Lucas Oliver 13 points and 8 rebounds, Nathan Davis 11 points, Hayden Ciomei 10 points and 10 rebounds, Connor Morey 7 points and 8 assists, and Tim Cormier 5 points.
The boys beat Searsport 64-46. We led throughout and stretched our lead to 38-21 at the half with a good second quarter. Searsport came back some in the third quarter with five 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer, to cut our lead to 54-42.
However, we clamped down in the fourth, holding them to 4 points, and eventually all the subs got to play for the win. It was an aggressive game but we passed well to get everyone involved. Sam Grindle led us with 15, Hayden Ciomei 14, Stuart Bray 12, Lucas Oliver 8, Connor Morey 6, and Nathan Davis 5.
The girls at 4-1 are in second place as the Heal Point standings are just beginning to be meaningful. We played well enough against Searsport to pull out the win, but we aren’t playing like a second place team just yet. Sometimes a long layoff can be detrimental, so we can keep building from here. We have four important games close together starting Tuesday that will determine how well we are really playing.
The boys at 5-1 are in a tie for fourth place. We are playing well as a team, spreading the scoring around and match up pretty well with most teams. Our team defense has helped keep other teams from scoring many points. We have a big game with undefeated Bangor Christian this Saturday which will show how we match up with tough competition and will be worth a ton of Heal Points.