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Defense doesn't rest for Kennett hoop girls

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

SAM SIDOTI dribbles the ball under the basket in action against Berlin last week. (Photo by Kathy Sutherland) (click for larger version)
February 24, 2021
NORTH CONWAY — The Kennett girls' basketball team heads to the final week of the regular season in fine form, as the Eagles continue to play good hoops.

"It's been going well," said Eagle coach Larry Meader. "The girls have been playing good basketball.

"The defense has been really smothering," the Eagle coach continued. "That allows us to get rebounds or turnovers and get out and run, and that's what they like to do."

In the penultimate week of the season, the Eagles took on Berlin in a pair of games, traveling north on Route 16 on Monday, Feb. 15, and then hosting the Mountaineers on Thursday, Feb. 18.

In Berlin, Meader noted that the game was close in the first quarter but the Eagles stretched things out in the second quarter while in the home game, the Eagles played very good defense and had a 30-point lead at the half. Kennett won 48-24 on the road in Berlin and 48-20 at home. Maddie Stewart led the Eagles with 14 points and Sydney Shaw had 12 in the road game.

"The girls' commitment to the defensive end has been really good to see," said Meader. "No matter how deep I go on the bench, everyone can defend."

The good news for Meader was that the team welcomed back two players who had been out for a few weeks. Sam Sidoti and Sydnie Chin returned to the court on Thursday as the Eagles used a total team effort to get the win, with 11 kids scoring on the night.

"If someone takes away Maddie, we have other kids who can score," Meader said. "If we can stay with all 13 the rest of the way, we can be pretty deep."

Meader noted that he and assistant coach Steve Cote have been thrilled with the development of the younger kids, including the three freshmen on the roster.

"The younger kids, they're better than we thought they'd be," the Eagle coach said. "We knew they'd be good, but they're progressing more and more. The three freshmen aren't really freshmen anymore."

And the return of Sidoti and Chin makes the team even deeper.

The Eagles are scheduled to wrap up the regular season today, Feb. 25, at Gilford at 6 p.m.

"Two more games this week and then we start thinking about Plymouth (for playoffs)," Meader said. "They're starting to click at the right time."

The Eagles will play at Plymouth to start the Division II tournament on Friday, March 5.

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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