Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A few tidbits from Cony’s 49-41 loss to Oxford Hills in Augusta on Friday night.
• The Rams introduced all five of their starters as guards, and with good reason. Senior Josie Lee is listed as their tallest starter at 5-foot-8 and that’s stretching it. Still, they rebounded fairly well against the taller Vikings.
“I thought we battled well with them underneath,” Cony coach Karen Magnusson said. “They were pretty big all around. It was hard because you can only front (opponents) so much, then we had to be in rebounding position, too.”
• Lee and Emily Sanford are the only two returning starters from a team that went 21-1 last season and won the Class A Eastern Maine championship. Both have to work harder for their shots this year, since point guard Mia Diplock drew a lot of attention last season.
“Our girls work really well together, getting shots for other people,” Magnusson said.
• The Vikings are 2-1, their only loss an overtime decision against Mt. Ararat. They’ve shown more poise so far this season than they did last year, according to Coach Nate Pelletier.
“Last year we had some ups and downs and we lost close ones,” Pelletier said. “It feels good we finally win the close game. Last year, our team down the stretch may have crumbled a bit when we shouldn’t have. This time we’re stepping up.”
• The Rams got a good game from junior reserve Bayleigh Logan who scored five points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
• Magnusson did a nice job anticipating Pelletier’s change from a zone to a man-to-man defense in the closing minute during a timeout.
“If I was coaching them I would have done the same thing,” she said.
She drew up an isolation play for Lee who had a open left side, sophomore Anna Winslow blocked Lee’s shot.
“They did it perfect,” Magnusson said of her play. “The girl made a great play,” Magnusson said.
• Magnusson likes Edward Little, Mt. Ararat and Oxford Hills as the top teams so far in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference.
“They’ve got the guards, they’ve got inside play and they’ve got shooters,” she said.
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