H.S. girls’ basketball wrap up

LAKE REGION: When the Lakers lost their first game of the season last week, 38-33 to Greely, Coach Paul True was disappointed in his team’s overall execution.

The Lakers rebounded with an impressive effort Tuesday night against previously undefeated York. Playing at a playoff level at both ends of the court, the Lakers received 11 points from center Tiana-Jo Carter and guard CeCe Hancock for a big 37-30 victory on the road.

The win elevated the Lakers into second place in the Class B West Heals at 8-1 with a tourney index of 36.5123, just behind Leavitt, who was hammered by Camden-Rockport. The Hornets are 8-1 with a TPI of 36.7284.

This one was tight throughout with LR up 14-12, 21-19 and 28-23. Neither team reached double digit scoring after the first quarter.

For the Lakers, Kelsey Winslow scored 5 points, Miranda Chadbourne 4, Kate Cutting 3 and Sydney Hancock had 3 points.

Center Emily Campbell led York with 12 points. The Cats (8-1, #4) had no other player in double digits.

• At Greely last week, the Rangers used their size advantage to limit Laker center Tiana-Jo Carter to just 4 points as the Rangers (7-1) edged the Lakers.

CeCe Hancock and Sydney Hancock each had 9 points while Kelsey Winslow tossed in 6 points, Kate Cutting 3 and Miranda Chadbourne had 2 points.

• After a slow start Saturday, the Lakers shifted their offense into overdrive with an 18-3 rush propelling them to a 57-33 victory over Wells (3-6).

Kelsey Winslow led the charge with 13 points, while Sydney Hancock knocked down three 3-pointers for 9 points. Other scorers were: Carter 9, CeCe Hancock 8 (two 3-pointers), Chadbourne 7, Kayleigh Lepage 5, Cutting 3 and Savannah Devoe 3.

HOLDING HER GROUND — Fryeburg Academy's Sarah Welch tightens her defense against Freeport center Nina Davenport. The Raiders rallied in the fourth quarter but fell short against the Falcons, (Rivet Photo)

FRYEBURG: “We need to stop knocking at the door, and walk through it.”

A frustrated Coach Sean Watson continues to see his Raider girls’ basketball team make good strides in their game, yet they continue to come up just short on the scoreboard. The latest — a 45-42 loss Tuesday night at Wadsworth Arena to Freeport.

Fryeburg (2-6) had several chances to knock off the Falcons, but poor free throw shooting and turnovers (FA had 25 to Freeport’s 15) at critical moments prevented the Raiders from notching a win.

“It’s ironic that our free throw shooting hurt us tonight because that has been one area which we’ve done a pretty good job at this year,” Coach Watson said.

FA went 14-for-25 at the stripe. Early struggles, 3-of-9 in the second quarter, helped Freeport to build a 22-18 lead at intermission.

The Raiders led for most of the first quarter, but saw Freeport take a brief lead on a Nina Davenport (22 points) drive with 4.4 seconds. But, Skye Dole (10 points, 12 rebounds) drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put FA up 11-9.

Freeport capitalized on eight Raider turnovers in the third quarter to open up a 37-27 lead as Leigh Wyman connected for a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left in the quarter.

With 6:10 left in the game, Freeport pushed the deficit to 12.

When you talk to Coach Watson about the Raiders, the one point he always brings up is the team’s never-quit approach.

With Freeport going scoreless over a four-minute stretch, the Raiders slowly clawed their way back into the game, sparked by freshman guard Julia Quinn, who brought energy at both ends of the court. Quinn coolly went 4-for-4 at the foul stripe and netted a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:56 left to make it 43-39. Seconds later, Quinn came up with a steal, was fouled and converted at the foul line to make it 43-41.

After a timeout, Freeport (4-3) scored on a nifty backside cut to the hoop by Wyman.

Fryeburg had three chances to score with 24.2 seconds left, but the ball would simply not drop.

For the Raiders, Kendra Fox scored 13 points, Quinn had 8, Sarah Welch 5, Lexi L’Heureux-Carland 4 and Ellen Bacchiocchi had 2 points.

• A 26-11 run in the third quarter propelled Waynflete to a 53-39 win over the Raiders. FA led early 14-7, but managed just four points in the second.

“Our biggest problem this year is that we go through stretches that we just can’t generate any offense,” Coach Watson said.

For the Raiders, Skye Dole was high scorer with 12 points, while Lexi L’Heureux-Carland had 7, Kendra Fox 7, Julia Quinn 6, Ellen Bacchiocchi 4 and Sarah Welch 3.

• Wells opened the game with a 10-4 run as the Raiders failed to reach double figures in any quarter in a 344-28 loss to the Warriors.

FA scorers: Fox 9, Dole 7, Quinn 4, Welch 4, L’Heureux-Carland 2 and Bacchiocchi 2.

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