Saturday, March 8, 2014
By Gary Hawkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Every other year, the Richmond basketball teams make a trip to Vinalhaven Island off the coast of Rockland for a pair of games on Friday night and Saturday morning. It’s their turn this Friday and those trips are seldom dull.
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• Gardiner senior Ally Day had 18 points and 10 rebounds in a win against MCI and 20 points and nine rebounds in a loss to Lincoln.
• Hall-Dale junior Nicole Pelletier scored 18 points in a 52-48 win against Boothbay.
• Cony senior Hayley Quirion scored 22 points in a win over Bangor.
• Monmouth senior Kylie Kemp scored 17 points in a win over Telstar.
• Maranacook sophomore Catherine Sanborn had 15 points, eight assists and six steals in a win against Camden Hills.
• Erskine sophomore Mallory Chamberlain had 16 points, nine rebounds, five steals and two assists in a win against Mt. View.
• Messalonskee senior Kelsey Mayo had 23 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Brunswick.
“It’s an experience all the way around, from getting parents a place to stay to letting kids know they’re not going to get seasick on a (boat) ride an hour and 15 minutes,” said Richmond athletic director and girls coach Molly Bishop.
On the last basketball trip to Vinalhaven, the power on the island went out as soon as the boys game ended Friday night and everyone had to find their way around in the dark. Kids stay with families on the island while visiting parents stay at the local hotel if it’s open or with friends they’ve made on past trips.
“Everybody seems willing to help,” Bishop said.
The travel is even harder on Vinalhaven teams. Last Friday, the Vikings had to switch their home game to Rangeley because there was no water pressure on the island and on the way to Rangeley, their bus broke down.
“They didn’t get back to the island until Sunday,” Bishop said.
Bishop’s young Bobcats are improving “leaps and bounds,” she said. They’ve just come through their toughest stretch of the season, playing and losing to unbeaten conference opponents Forest Hills and Rangeley as well as to Class C tournament contender Old Orchard Beach.
“It’s kind of pulled them together a little bit,” Bishop said. “They’ve come a long way as a young group.”
Freshmen Cassidy Harriman and Meranda Martin have been impressive so far along with senior Morgan Harrington, who hadn’t seen much playing time the past couple of seasons.
Adjustments are difficult when you play Friday night and again Saturday morning, Bishop said, but the trips are always memorable.
“It’s fun, it’s an adventure,” Bishop said. “It’s a long 36 hours.”
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Hall-Dale hopes to build on a recent win against Boothbay tonight at home against Monmouth. The Mustangs are ahead of the Bulldogs in the Western Maine Class C tournament standings and are a solid all-around team.
“They don’t have a lot of size but they get up and down,” Hall-Dale coach Brandon Terrill said of the Mustangs. “They can shoot it pretty well and (Kylie) Kemp is a good player.”
Terrill expects his team will be pressed and how they handle that pressure will likely determine the outcome.
“We have to limit turnovers,” he said.
Terrill said his team has made progress in areas like passing, rebounding and being patient. Sophomore guard Dani Sweet has done a good job handling the ball and her scoring is a bonus.
“When she can put up eight or 10 points, it really gives us a chance to beat anybody,” Terrill said.
Senior Brooke Berberich has played well in a starting role and junior guard Molly French has returned to the lineup after missing time with a concussion. In last week’s win against Boothbay, the Bulldogs rallied in the second half and held the Seahawks to three points in the third quarter.
“It’s got to start with defense for us,” Terrill said.
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Cony faces a tall task Friday night in Fairfield against Lawrence and sophomore center Nia Irving. The Rams were handled at home by the Bulldogs a month ago, 60-42. They had no answers for Irving, who is averaging just over 21 rebounds a game.
“We’ll try some things here and there that have been successful against bigger teams,” Cony coach Ted Rioux said. “But they’re so diverse.”
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