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Scott's Sports Spot
by Jack Scott
The girls basketball team beat George Stevens 38-32 in a turnover filled game. We led at the half but pulled away in the third quarter by pressuring GSA as they had done to us all game. We settled down and took better shots and got better results. We led 38-24 with two minutes left in the game, and GSA heaved in a couple 3-pointers to make it a little more exciting in the end.
We seem to keep shooting ourselves in the foot with way too many unforced turnovers. We made poor passes and were rushing around, taking poor shots. We didn’t stick to our offense often enough. We got away with it in this game, but if we don’t figure it out soon, it will catch up to us. Chelsea Brown led us with 13 points, and Logan Eaton and Morgan Shepard each with 8.
The girls beat Shead 46-41 in another game we pulled out in the last minute. We led in all three quarters by 6 or 8 points and it looked like we might cruise home with the win. Shead pressed us in the fourth quarter and they were able to cause enough turnovers that we only led 41-39 with a minute and a half to go.
We had solid scoring from Chelsea Brown and Shiann Closson, with just enough foul shots to seal the win in the last minute. We did spread the floor well at the end to make Shead come after us. Shiann Closson led us with 15, Chelsea Brown 11, Morgan Shepard 8, and Allyson Eaton 4.
The boys basketball team beat Searsport 67-51. This was a game that had a lot of fouls called on both teams. The first half was close, as we got away from taking advantage of our inside height and led only 35-28 at the half. We stuck to our game plan in the second half and also shot our foul shots well.
In the fourth quarter, Tim Cormier, Connor Morey, Nathan Davis, and Hayden Ciomei were 15 of 15 from the foul line as a group. This iced the game when Searsport got to fouling at the end. The bad news is that Sam Grindle went down with a bad ankle sprain in the fourth quarter. We had very balanced scoring with Sam Grindle scoring 15 points, Hayden Ciomei 13, Tim Cormier 12, Stuart Bray 10, and Nathan Davis 8.
The boys beat Shead 54-52 in the first game without Sam Grindle able to play. We miss his points, but even more the leadership and defense he brings as well. This was a close game all the way, and Shead had a quick point guard who was able to get good shots off screens as he scored 30 points on us.
We regained the lead about halfway through the fourth and continued to attack the basket which led to getting foul shots. We didn’t shoot great, but made enough to squeeze out the win. Connor Morey stepped up in running the offense and breaking the press. We held our poise at the end and that made the difference. Hayden Ciomei led us with 18 points, Connor Morey 16, Stuart Bray 7, and Tim Cormier 6.
The girls are 10-5 and are in seventh place. How well we play in our last three games will determine where we end up in the standings.
The girls need to keep their cool under pressure and play under control. The turnovers limit our offensive opportunities, and if we take poor shots, it compounds our offensive woes. We play tenacious defense, so it is just a matter of concentration. We need to be patient and keep working together for a good shot.
The boys at 11-4 are in fourth place due to a gift from Central Aroostook to Hodgdon. Our big challenge will be playing without standout Sam Grindle for the next week or two. We have big point games with Bucksport and Bangor Christian coming up. These teams will be looking to get our points without Sam, so our task is to work together with the team we have to keep winning.
Though this is a tough order for now, it should make everyone play harder and smarter and could benefit us by tournament time. We have the talent to be a good team without Sam Grindle and now we will have to prove it. It will now be even more critical to work together as a team. I’ll see you at the Jonesport game when I am back!