CHELSEA TIERNEY fights for control of the ball at Gilford on Friday, Jan. 27. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
January 30, 2012ALTON — The progress that the Prospect Mountain girls' basketball team has been making finally showed up in the scoreboard last week.
The Timber Wolves picked up a pair of wins on the road, knocking off rivals Gilford and Inter-Lakes.
"We're consistently starting to get a little better on both ends of the floor," coach Gordon Bilodeau said. "They're understanding the team concept a little more and it's starting to show."
He noted that there are fewer and fewer defensive lapses, which is always a good sign.
On Friday night, the girls headed to Gilford and came back with a hard-fought 49-41 win.
However, it didn't start out quite as well, as the hosts got off to a 10-3 start. Prospect rallied to cut the lead to 10-7 after one quarter. Prospect took the lead at 11-10 on an Ella Montminy hoop and the game went back and forth for the rest of the quarter with the Timber Wolves grabbing a 21-19 lead at the half.
The Timber Wolves then came out in the third and took the lead for good, with Hope Carazzo putting in seven of her 14 points and Sahara Brown drilling back-to-back three-pointers late in the quarter to give the Timber Wolves a 33-29 lead and led 36-32 at the end of the third quarter.
The Golden Eagles came storming back, cutting the lea to three points at 42-39 with just under two minutes to go and it was 44-41 with 1:04 on the clock.
However, Kristine Adams drained a free throw and Montminy scored the game's final four points to seal the victory.
Montminy and Brown each had 10 points and Chelsea Tierney chipped in with eight points.
Bilodeau noted it was great to see three players in double figures and noted it was even better to see the team fight back from the early deficit.
"They kept on hanging in there," Bilodeau said. "They could've shut down at halftime, but they didn't."
Bilodeau praised Tierney for stepping in at the half and solidifying the center position in the second half.
"They were very focused on what was at hand," he said.
Bilodeau also pointed to the team's chatter as a great sign.
"The thing I was most excited about was how well they were talking out there defensively," he said. "They weren't shutting up."
He noted that the girls were rotating well on defense, not leaving the post open.
"It's fun to see the progression and I'm excited to see it going in the right direction," Bilodeau said. "If we play the way we're capable of playing, there's no reason we can't carry the rest of the schedule."
He noted that the remaining four games on the schedule give the Timber Wolves a good chance of improving its lot in the playoff race.
"We can play with any of the teams the rest of the way," the first-year coach said.
He noted that it marked the first time the team didn't have a bad quarter and played a complete full game.
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Timber Wolves traveled to Inter-Lakes and walked out with a 50-33 win.
The Timber Wolves played a solid game, though they had a tough third quarter and let Inter-Lakes back into the game.
Bilodeau praised Shannon Meyer for a strong game in the post against the Lakers.
The Timber Wolves will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 3, when they head to Raymond. The girls host Somersworth on Tuesday, Feb. 7, with both games set for 6:30 p.m. varsity starts.
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