ELLA MISIASZEK puts up a shot during her team's game with Farmington last week. (Photo by Kathy Sutherland) (click for larger version)
March 03, 2021ALTON — The Prospect Mountain girls' hoop team finished up the regular season with a pair of wins against a physical Farmington team, coming from behind in both games as the Timber Wolves look toward the Division III tournament.
"We've been having some slow starts, but we're able to get it going in the second half," said Timber Wolf coach Rick Burley. "Obviously, we can't afford the slow start against teams in the playoffs."
The veteran Prospect coach noted that he is happy to see the team playing well at the end of the season and is hoping that the solid play carries over into the postseason.
"It's really a game of streaks," said Burley. "We've been playing well and hopefully it runs over, I hope we can keep it going through the playoffs."
He also noted playing against a Farmington team with some good size and physicality was good for his team as the Timber Wolves look ahead.
"Farmington is tough, they have a lot of size and are physical," Burley said. "It's was good to play a big physical team, that really helped us."
The Prospect coach has also had his team trying to not take things for granted, never knowing what's around the corner in the most unusual of seasons.
"We've been playing every game like it's our last, but we got through the season," Burley said. "We're getting to the playoffs and that's a good thing.
"But we don't take anything for granted," he continued. "We've got to prepare for anybody, COVID could strike any team at any time.
"We just have to make the best of it and wee how far we can go," Burley said. "We'll just play hard and hopefully we can keep going."
The Timber Wolves have dealt with kids missing time during the season for quarantine three times and Burley knows that it can hit any team at any time and he is happy to see his team getting the chance to play in the tournament.
Prospect Mountain will get a bye in the opening round of the tournament and will be visiting Somersworth today, Thursday, March 4, for the preliminary round. The winner moves on to play either Campbell, Raymond or St. Thomas on Sunday, March 7, in the quarterfinals.
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