Scott's Sports Spot

Deer Isle & Stonington
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 30, 2014
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Mariners player Allyson Eaton

Allyson Eaton drives up the middle of the court against George Stevens Academy on January 21.

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by Jack Scott

The girls basketball team lost to George Stevens 49-31. We trailed 10-6 after the first quarter, and then GSA got 7 quick points in the middle of the second quarter to build a 23-13 lead at the half. We handled their pressure relatively well, though we did turn it over at times and didn’t counter with enough offense to offset it.

The third quarter was more of the same and GSA ended with 5 quick points to build their lead to 39-24. We just never could get the half court offense in sync, and GSA made 8 of their foul shots to keep their lead. Allyson Eaton led us with 21 points, 11 from the free throw line with 7 rebounds, and Morgan Shepard had 12 rebounds. I think we could have made this a game if we could have stuck with our offense plan.

The girls lost to Bucksport 45-34. Bucksport had our number and really controlled the game. They put one player to cover Allyson Eaton, and between that and foul trouble, she wasn’t able to score until late in the game. Bucksport also pressed us fairly effectively, scoring points off the turnovers and disrupting our offense.

We kept it close in the first, leading 8-7 with 2 minutes to go, but several steals gave Bucksport back the lead 14-8 at the end of the quarter. They built their lead from there and led 37-18 after three quarters. Allyson Eaton led us with 10 points, Ashley Haskell 7, and Morgan Shepard, Whitney Brown, and Logan Eaton each with 4.

Boys basketball

The boys basketball team lost to George Stevens 76-43. We stayed with them in the first quarter until GSA scored 8 quick points off a couple steals and a 3 pointer to lead 18-13 after one. They started the second quarter with 10 unanswered points and that set us back on our heels. We couldn’t solve their pressure and trailed 41-22 at the half.

We were in too big a hole and GSA used turnovers and good jump shooting to stretch their lead. Lucas Oliver led us with 26 points, profiting from good passing and his own rebounding. Stuart Bray had 7 points, and Pat Duddy and Jared Gove each had 4.

The girls are 1-13 and probably won’t sneak into the playoffs. With limited depth for offense, we have to be hitting on all cylinders to keep up with the other teams we play. I still feel we have the talent, but haven’t been able to play up to our potential. We also need to figure out how to beat the press which the better teams use.

The boys are 6-8 and are still clinging to 12th place. We have four games left, three with teams we have already beaten. If we can get fired up and play to the potential we have shown, we should climb up in the standings. We have all the pieces, but like the girls, with limited depth, everyone has to play smart and stay within our game. We also have to beat the press and avoid easy turnovers.

Once again, I am traveling to Central America to our work volunteer trip. I will be back at the very end of the regular season. I am hoping that the teams will rally and surprise me when I return. The girls are a long shot at this point, but the boys should be playing in a preliminary game somewhere as they are in control of their destiny at this point.

Upcoming games

Boys: Sat., Feb. 1, v. Bangor Christian, 2:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 6, @ Jonesport-Beals, 7:30 p.m.

Girls: Sat., Feb. 1, v. Bangor Christian, 1 p.m. Thu., Feb. 6, @ Jonesport-Beals, 6 p.m.

Mariners player Allyson Eaton

Allyson Eaton drives up the middle of the court against George Stevens Academy on January 21.

Photo by Franklin Brown
Mariners player Jared Gove

Jared Gove goes for the rebound at home against George Stevens Academy.

Photo by Jack Scott