Eagle girls quiet Bobcats and Sachems
Playoffs begin Monday for coach Ames and his squad
|Allie Wagner tosses up a shot in the face of Laconia defense Feb. 17. (Joshua Spaulding/Mountain Ear Photo (click for larger version)|
February 25, 2010It was a little close early," said Kennett coach Peter Ames. "Plymouth played a combination defense again and it takes a little time to attack it, which slows things down a bit."
The Eagles led by only eight, 8-0, after one period of play and were up 22-11 after a foul-ridden second quarter.
The third quarter proved to be the big one for the Eagles, as they outscored the Bobcats 23-3 to take a 45-14 lead into the final frame.
"It was kind of a workmanlike game," Ames noted. "It was a good game to get under our belt. Plymouth is always a tough place to play, but it worked out fine."
Allie Wagner, who suffered an injured elbow two days earlier against Laconia, showed little problem with her injury, as she netted 28 points on the night, many of them coming off feeds from Melissa Frase, who had a ton of steals and ended up feeding the ball to Wagner for buckets.
"It kind of worked out when she stole the ball she could get it to Allie, who could score," Ames said.
All told, nine kids touched the bottom of the net for the Eagles in the win.
Ames' troops welcomed Laconia to town on Wednesday, Feb. 17, after snow forced the postponement of the game a night earlier.
The Sachems netted a free throw to start the scoring, but Kennett got the next 13 points to jump out ahead quickly. Frase had six of those points, while Wagner had five, including a three-pointer. Moriah Heath chipped in with a bucket to give Kennett a 13-1 lead. After the Sachems got their first field goal of the game, Frase added another bucket to make it 15-3. A three-pointer by the visitors made it 15-6 after one quarter.
A field goal and a three-pointer cut the Kennett lead to just four points at 15-11 to open the second quarter, but a bucket from Wagner and a free throw from Lauren White made it 18-11. The Sachems didn't go away though, as they got another three-pointer to cut the lead to four again.
Frase hit a pair from the line and White added another foul shot to push the lead to seven, but another Laconia bucket made it a 21-16 game.
Wagner hit back-to-back hoops to stretch Kennett's lead to nine points, but the visitors hung in there with a pair of free throws. White and Sam Meader hit buckets in the final minutes of the half, but Laconia answered with a field goal and a pair of free throws to make it 29-22 at halftime.
Wagner knocked down the first bucket of the second half and after Laconia answered, Frase and Wagner hit back-to-back hoops to make it 35-24. Laconia closed the gap with two more hoops before Wagner went down with the elbow injury. A pair of free throws pulled Laconia to within five at 35-30.
A Meader hoop pushed the lead back to seven, but Laconia answered. A pair of free throws from Kasey Cavanaugh and two more from Frase pushed the lead to 41-32 before the Sachems hit three free throws to make it 41-35.
However, Frase sunk three free throws and added two hoops in the final minute of the quarter to give Kennett a 48-37 lead after three quarters.
Two free throws from the Sachems opened the fourth quarter, but buckets from Heath and Wagner pushed the lead to 52-39. Wagner, Frase and White added buckets (all answered by Laconia) and free throws from White and Wagner made it 58-45.
Frase completed a three-point play for a 61-45 lead and after a Laconia free throw, Lauren Kidder finished a nice Wagner pass. Jess Wagner added two free throws down the stretch to close out Kennett's side of the scoreboard in the 65-50 win.
Frase finished with 26 points, while Allie Wagner added 18. White chipped in with seven off the bench.
"They're in a position, where if they beat us, it can make their season," said Ames. "When you play a team a second time, we're all kind of making strides."
Ames noted that he found the game pretty physical, but thought his girls stepped up.
"Certainly they're going to give it a little extra effort," he said. "I thought those guys (the officials) did a good job of keeping it in control, but it was still very physical."
He pointed out that Laconia's combination defense slowed the Eagles down a bit, but he thought his team moved the ball well and made the necessary adjustments at halftime to help them pull away in the second half.
The wins, however, don't make the playoff picture any clearer for the Eagles, as the Heal Point System leaves teams scrambling to figure out where they will fall in the playoff picture.
"You'd like to be able to get a scouting report on two or three teams, but I don't think that's going to happen," Ames said. "You can't even really think about preparation for the playoffs.
"It's hard to judge," he continued. "To be honest, I have no idea."
The Eagles will finish up the regular season with a home game today, Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. against Oyster River.
The Class I playoffs begin on Monday, March 1. Check our sports section's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wolfeboro-Falls-NH/Salmon-Press-Sports-Wolfeboro for updates on the Eagles' opponents in the first round.
Kaitlin Taylor had 15 points and Casey Blakely added 11 as the JV Eagles pushed past the Sachem JV girls on Feb. 17, 47-43.
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