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Eagle girls capture title in Farmington

Allie Wagner breaks tournament scoring record with 82 points

THE KENNETT HOOP GIRLS pose with the championship trophy at the Mike Lee Holiday Basketball Bash on Friday, Dec. 31. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 03, 2011
FARMINGTON — The Kennett girls' hoop team made easy work of the field and took home the championship trophy at the Mike Lee Holiday Basketball Bash at Farmington High School last week.

The Eagles opened the tournament against Epping on Tuesday, Dec. 28. The start of the tournament was delayed two days by the snowstorm that swept through the area at the beginning of the week.

Kennett held Epping to just two points in the first quarter and jumped out to an 18-2 lead. The Blue Devils outscored Kennett 16-11 in the second quarter, but the Eagles still held a 29-18 lead at halftime.

Kennett allowed just seven points in the second half, as Epping scored three in the third quarter and four in the fourth and Kennett netted 17 in the third and 18 in the fourth to walk away with a 64-25 win.

Allie Wagner led the way with 19 points, while Jessie Wagner had 13 points and Kaitlin Taylor chipped in with eight.

With the win, the Eagles got a day off and returned to action on Thursday, Dec. 30, against Woodsville.

The Eagles again got off to a hot start, outscoring the Engineers 21-7 in the first quarter. The Eagles stretched the lead to 38-20 after two quarters and then outscored Woodsville 16-4 in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 54-24 after three quarters. Both teams scored 10 points in the final quarter for the Eagles to take the 64-34 win.

Wagner scored 30 points in the win and netted five three-pointers.

That win set the Eagles up in the finals on Friday, Dec. 31, against Inter-Lakes.

Jordan Murphy started the scoring with a free throw and Sam Meader hit a hoop for a 3-0 lead. Allie Wagner hit a three-pointer to make it 6-0 before Inter-Lakes finally got on the board with five minutes to go.

Allie Wagner hit another hoop, then the Lakers got five points in a row to cut the lead to 8-7 with 1:04 to play.

Casey Blakely hit a free throw, but Inter-Lakes tied the game at nine with 15 seconds to go. Allie Wagner then hit a shot to close out the quarter, giving Kennett an 11-9 lead.

Allie Wagner came out and hit a hoop to open the second quarter, but the Lakers got a three-point play to cut the lead to one.

A rebound and hoop for Blakely and another for Lauren Kidder pushed the lead to 17-11 before Inter-Lakes netted a three-pointer to cut the lead to three.

Allie Wagner then hit a three-pointer, drained a free throw and hit another hoop for a 25-14 lead. The Lakers got a hoop, but the Eagle senior star drained a three-pointer and Kidder finished a nice pass from Meader for a 30-16 lead. After a Laker free throw, Allie Wagner hit another hoop, Lauren White drained a bucket, Meader hit for two and Kidder put back a rebound, stretching the lead to 38-17. Inter-Lakes got a free throw and a three-pointer to close the gap a bit, but a free throw from Allie Wagner made it 39-21 at halftime.

Allie Wagner hit a three to open the second half, but the Lakers hit a bucket and a three-pointer to make it 42-26. Allie Wagner hit another three-pointer and Kidder put back a rebound for a 47-26 lead. After another Laker three, Taylor put back a rebound. Inter-Lakes answered, but Allie Wagner hit for another two. The Lakers got the final points of the frame and trailed 51-33 after three.

Inter-Lakes opened the fourth quarter scoring, but a rebound and hoop from Blakely answered for the Eagles. After another Laker hoop, Allie Wagner and Kendra Strong hit back-to-back buckets to make it 47-37. Inter-Lakes hit two hoops in a row, but a Maddie Graves three-pointer made it 60-41. Inter-Lakes made the final two hoops of the game, accounting for the 60-45 final.

Allie Wagner, with her 33 points in the final, broke the tournament record, netting 82 points in the three games, breaking the previous record of 77 points.

"We got to play three games, so that was nice," coach Peter Ames said. "Everyone got a chance to play and everyone scored in the tournament."

While Ames noted that the competition may not have been at the traditional Division II level the Eagles see, he sees the benefit of participating in holiday tournaments.

"The alternative is you practice against yourself," he said. "You get to see other people and individual players."

The veteran Eagle coach was also pleased to get a lot of his younger players some key experience in game action.

"We weren't coaching for the score," he said. "We were putting pressure on the kids to do things as if it's a two-point game. So, if they get in that situation, they know what to do.

"From that perspective, it was good," he added.

He also praised the Farmington group for putting on a solid tournament.

Both Allie Wagner and Meader were named to the All-Tournament team and Wagner also received the Betty Vachon Sportsmanship Award for her actions during the tournament.

Kennett will host Bedford on Friday, Jan. 7, at 6:30 p.m. and will be at home against Manchester West on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Martin Lord Osman
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