December 20, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTES: Monmouth clicking early

By Gary Hawkins ghawkins@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

With three players returning to the lineup after missing last season with knee injuries, Monmouth Academy girls basketball coach Scott Wing wasn’t sure what to expect from his team this winter.

KENNEBEC JOURNAL/MORNING SENTINEL TOP 10

1. McAuley
2. Deering
3. Scarborough
4. Presque isle
5. Cheverus
6. Mt. Ararat
7. Edward Little
8. South Portland
9. Lake Region
10. Bangor

WEEKLY HONOR ROLL

• Monmouth junior Kylie Kemp scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Mustangs past Hall-Dale.
• Cony junior Emily Quirion scored 17 points to go with eight rebounds and four assist as the Rams downed Lewiston.
• Cony senior Josie Lee scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebouds in a win against Lewiston.
• Oak Hill sophomore Hayley Marshall scored 17 points in a loss to Madison.
• Richmond senior Jamie Plummer scored 29 points in a loss to Rangeley.
• Gardiner junior Ally Day scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a loss against Leavitt.
• Erskine senior Bridget Humphrey had 19 points and 16 rebounds in a loss against Mt. Ararat.

So far, so good.

The Mustangs are 4-0 in the Mountain Valley Conference going into Saturday afternoon’s game at Mountain Valley. Among their wins are a one-point victory at Boothbay and a three-point decision against Hall-Dale.

“I can’t say that I’m surprised, but I was unsure,” Wing said. “I knew these kids had the potential to play that well.”

Danielle Bumann, Sierra Spencer and Ashley Coulombe all missed last season with knee injuries. Bumann is the team’s point guard and top defender while Spencer is a good perimeter shooter and starter and Coulombe is the backup point guard. One thing the Mustangs don’t have is height but they’ve used their quickness to neutralize taller teams like Boothbay.

“We don’t slow it down much,” Wing said.

Junior Kylie Kemp has come into her own this season and leads the team in scoring, rebounding and assists.

“She’s just an athlete,” Wing said.

On a team with little size, 5-foot-7 senior Melissa Brassard has also proven invaluable as a rebounder and defender. Wing also benefits from having former Winthrop coach Ray Convery as one of his assistants.

“We just hash everything back and forth with each other,” he said. “He has a wealth of knowledge. One of the biggest things he does for me is he’s just an unbelievable scout. He picks up on player tendencies like nobody I’ve ever seen.”

• • •

Richmond suffered just its third regular-season loss in three years when it fell 56-54 in overtime at Rangeley last Friday night. The game was filled with fouls, 55 in all, and the teams combined for 79 free throws, 51 by Rangeley and 26 by Richmond.

The Lakers made 26 free throws while the Bobcats converted 15. Four Richmond players fouled out before the overtime period.

“Overall it was a good game and fun,” Richmond coach Molly Bishop said. “We don’t get to play in a good game very often.”

Foul trouble meant more playing time for Richmond’s reserves and Bishop may have discovered a point guard in junior Haley Murphy who handled the ball well.

“She’s just grown tremendously,” Bishop said.

Freshman Kaylah Patterson also played well and hit a free throw to send the game to overtime.
Richmond senior Jamie Plummer led all scorers with 29 points and is now 86 away from 1,000 for her career.

• • •

Planning to defend Leavitt’s Kristen Anderson and doing it effectively are two different things.

Gardiner coach Mike Gray found that out Friday night when Anderson scored 34 points, including eight 3s, in the Hornets 71-44 win against the Tigers.

“She was firing up from deep, well behind the 3-point arc,” Gray said. “When she’s hitting shots like that they can beat anybody.”

Anderson has already accepted a scholarship to play for the University of New Hampshire next season. Her older sister Courtney is the point guard for the University of Maine.

Gray said his team has already put the loss behind it.

“I’d rather have that happen now than game 15,” he said. “At the same time it was a good wakeup call.”

The Tigers (3-1) host Maranacook (2-2) on Friday night in what is shaping up as a good battle. Both teams lost to Leavitt while Maranacook also has a loss to Nokomis. Gray expects a zone press from the Black Bears throughout the game.

“That’s what they’ve been doing,” he said. “(Coach Jeanine Paradis) has athletic post players who can play on top of a of a press.”

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