Sacopee Valley 29
The Hyde Phoenix congratulated their newly-appointed 2010-2011 team captains, Senior Sage Harris and Junior Laughlynn Bragg, before their first league contest of the season on Saturday afternoon. The home team fell late in the game to Sacopee Valley after a hard-fought battle that saw just seven people in the rotation for Hyde. The game’s low score was mainly the result of the first half of play, in which both teams struggled to find a rhythm offensively; Sacopee led at half-time with a score of 7-6. Hyde trailed for most of the second half, going down by as many as 6 points mid-way through the third quarter when the opponent went on a 6-point run that Hyde quickly answered with a 6-point run of their own, sparked by Sage Harris. Harris scored 9 of her 16 points in the third quarter. Other scorers for Hyde were Dexie Cercos with 5 points and Lily Smith with 4; Laughlynn Bragg contributed a free throw to the effort. In the last minute of play Hyde was down 26-28 and after a few unconverted shot opportunities had to foul in order to stop the clock and get the ball back; Sacopee player Minor made one of her two free throws, putting Sacopee up 29-26, and the clock ran down with Hyde unable to find a three-point conversion. Hyde’s record in the MPA is 0-1.
Islesboro Central 15
On Tuesday evening the Lady Phoenix hosted Islesboro Central for their second match-up of the season, cruising to a 36-15 victory that saw contributions from every player on the team. This was an evenly balanced offensive effort for Hyde, paced in the backcourt by senior captain Sage Harris (12 points, 6 assists) and junior Dexie Cercos (11 points, 3 steals) who alternated at the point guard position. Junior captain Laughlynn Bragg (4 points, 11 rebounds) and sophomore Katie Comeaux (2 points, 12 rebounds) were a rebounding and defensive force in the post positions. The Phoenix confidently played its entire roster, witnessing stand-out efforts from some unusual suspects on Tuesday night; Senior Aneth Batamuliza contributed four rebounds and scored a basket in the third quarter. In the final quarter junior Elsa Véron was fouled on a layup and converted her free throw for a three-point play that put the nail in the coffin for the Eagles. Underclassmen contributions came from junior Cat Vidal-Bouret and sophomore Amy Ginsberg with 3 rebounds apiece, as well as Elea Sevrain with a rebound and a steal. This game was a big confidence-booster for the team, who approach their Winter Break with a 1-1 record in league play. Their next match-up is against Old Orchard Beach at home on January 6th.