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Timber Wolves claw past Bears, Tigers

EMILY BARRETT tries to control the ball as she falls to the ground in front of two Farmington defenders Friday night in Alton. Kathy Sutherland. (click for larger version)
December 20, 2010
ALTON — After a back and forth first few weeks, the Prospect Mountain girls' basketball team got back on track with two wins last week, putting the Timber Wolves above .500 for the first time this season.

Prospect took care of business in a pair of home games, besting Winnisquam on Tuesday and knocking off Farmington on Friday.

Friday's game didn't come as easily as the 54-34 final score might indicate, as the two teams played through one of the roughest quarters of basketball in the third frame. The two teams combined for seven points, with Prospect getting three and Farmington picking up four.

"I was having a hard time finding the five I needed in there," coach Jeri Blair said of the troublesome third quarter. "I kept playing different rotations because I had to with the foul trouble."

While the Tigers controlled the final few minutes of the second quarter and closed the gap by a point in the third quarter, the Timber Wolves came back strong in the fourth quarter and put the game away.

"Christine (Adams) came in and hit a couple of big shots," Blair said. "Deb (Bulhoes) had a great fourth quarter."

The Timber Wolves outscored the Tigers 23-10 in the final frame to grab the 20-point win.

The Prospect girls came roaring out of the gate, netting the game's first seven points. Sahara Brown hit two hoops, the second off an Izzy Glazier steal, Sydney Robertson hit a hoop and Glazier drained a free throw to stake the hosts to a 7-0 lead before Farmington finally got on the board with five minutes to play in the quarter.

After the Tigers got their first hoop, Emily Barrett drained a bucket. After another Tiger score, Robertson put home a shot off a Barrett offensive rebound and it was 11-4 in favor of the Timber Wolves.

Glazier and Brown turned in nice defensive stops at the other end and Glazier made a great feed to Barrett to stretch the lead to 13-4. However, a Farmington three-pointer cut the lead to six. Robertson hit another shot to push the lead up to eight, but a three-point play by the Tigers made it 15-10 after one quarter of play.

The Timber Wolves came out hot again to start the second quarter, as Ali LaRoche drained a three-pointer and a conventional hoop, Glazier hit a bucket and then made a nice feed to Bulhoes to make it 24-10. Farmington finally got on the board with 5:20 to play in the half.

However, Glazier and Bulhoes hit back-to-back hoops to push the lead to 28-12.

Farmington then closed out the quarter with an 8-0 run, hitting two buckets in four free throws to cut the lead to 28-20 at the half.

The two teams came out of the locker rooms at halftime and had a tough time finding the hoop. Glazier hit a bucket for Prospect, but Farmington answered with a hoop and two foul shots to make it 30-24. Bulhoes hit a free throw with 30 seconds left in the quarter to account for all the scoring in the frame, giving Prospect a 31-24 lead with eight minutes to play.

Prospect returned to its hot-shooting ways to open the fourth quarter as the Timber Wolves scored the first eight points of the frame.

Adams hit a hoop to open the scoring and Bulhoes followed with one of her own. Robertson then grabbed a pair of rebounds and turned them both into points to make it 39-24 before Farmington got on the board with 5:21 to go in the game.

Adams hit another shot to make it 41-26 and Bulhoes followed to add two to the score. After a Tiger free throw, Bulhoes hit again for a 45-27 lead. Farmington got a three-pointer and a pair from the foul line to cut the lead to 45-32, but Robertson and Glazier hit back-to-back hoops to keep the Timber Wolves in control. After another Tiger hoop, Glazier got a steal and a bucket and Rachel Roberge drained a three-pointer at the buzzer for the 54-34 victory.

"We got a good win out of it," Blair said. "Defensively, we were better in the second half, we did a better job of getting out on their shooters."

The Timber Wolf coach also noted that his team got some great open looks, which was encouraging.

"There were a lot of positives," he stated, pointing out Michelle Lizotte as having a solid game despite not showing up on the score sheet.

Robertson led the way with 12 points and also had six rebounds. Bulhoes had 11 points and seven rebounds and Glazier also added 11 points.

One tough aspect of the game for the Timber Wolves was their foul shooting. The girls were two of 12 from the line. Blair noted that the girls shoot 30 free throws a night in practice and wondered where the touch went to.

The Timber Wolves opened the week with a 51-35 win over Winnisquam.

Prospect had a 16-12 lead after one quarter of play and pushed that to 30-18 at the half. They led 38-25 after three quarters of play.

All told, nine girls got on the score sheet for the Timber Wolves. Brown led the way with nine points and eight rebounds, while Glazier also chipped in nine points. Barrett had eight points and five rebounds, Robertson had six points and 10 rebounds and Roberge and Stephanie Burke each had six points.

"In both these games, we showed we're a team," Blair said. "We brought girls in who could help us. It was a good team effort against Winnisquam and a good team effort tonight."

The Prospect girls finished up the 2010 portion of the regular season after deadline Tuesday at Gilford. They will participate in the Lakes Region Holiday Tournament at Gilford beginning on Monday, Dec. 27. The Timber Wolves take on Laconia at 4 p.m. If they lose, they play Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 12:30 p.m. If they win the first game they play on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. The tournament finals are Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m.

The girls return to regular season action after the turn of the calendar, as they host Somersworth on Jan. 4.

JV action

The JV Timber Wolves rallied in the fourth quarter but came up just short against the Tigers, 39-34. Hope Carazzo had 10 points in the loss.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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