Saturday, March 8, 2014
A few tidbits from Richmond’s 43-41 win against Rangeley in Richmond on Tuesday night
• Playing with many of the same players last season, Rangeley handed Richmond its first loss with a 54-38 win. The Lakers graduated one starter while Richmond lost two. Richmond went further in the tournament, winning the Western D title, while Rangeley was upset by Valley.
• Both teams were missing key players Tuesday night. Rangeley junior Jenney Abbott, who is nursing a sore ankle, played little and didn’t score, while the Bobcats played without junior Payton Johnson who has a concussion.
• The Lakers were hurt by the lack of a secondary ballhandler. When point guard Chantal Carrier was forced to give up the ball, they often turned it over. When Richmond point guard Danica Hurley gave up the ball, junior center Jamie Plummer brought it up the floor and started the offense.
• Brooke Lancaster and Tara Hurley, who graduated from last year’s Richmond team, were both scorers and outside shooters. The Bobcats have yet to make up for that loss.
“We weren’t making anything from the outside, in fact we weren’t taking anything from the outside,” Richmond coach Molly Bishop said.
Instead, the Bobcats went to Plummer, who scored a game-high 33 points on a variety of putbacks and moves in the paint. “It’s the first time we’ve been that successful,” Bishop said.
• With a school enrollment less than 80, the Lakers are carrying four freshmen and three eighth graders. Two of those freshman, Seve Deery-Deraps and Taylor Esty, started Tuesday night and were on the roster last season. Deery-Deraps, who is the daughter of Rangeley coach Heidi Deery, scored six points while the six-foot Esty guarded Plummer much of the night and finished with four points.
• Both teams will return next season with many of the same players. The Lakers will graduate sisters Chantal and Emily Carrier while Richmond loses Danica Hurley and Lindsy Hoopingarner.
Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine