Hyde fell to their rival Hebron by twenty points in a disappointing match on Wednesday afternoon. The combination of 23 points from Hebron’s Janell Bradish and a full-court press that forced many Phoenix turnovers was too much for the home team. Senior Sage Harris, the clear-cut high scorer for this team, led in points scored with 17; the stat she is looking to improve in the coming week is the assist column. Other scorers for Hyde were Dexie Cercos with 6, Laughlynn Bragg with 4, Kathryn Comeaux with 3, and Lily Smith with 2 points. While this team continues to show improvement in their grasp of fundamentals and individual skill levels, they struggled to mesh and work together both offensively and defensively today. This is the next step for this group of athletes, and something that will be emphasized in practice this week.
Hyde fell short six points in a nail-biter against Brewster on Saturday afternoon. Down two points with two minutes to play, the Phoenix were forced to foul and put Brewster on the free throw line in order to stop the clock and regain possession in the final minutes of play. Hyde saw an evenly balanced effort from senior captain Sage Harris (14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist 4 steals), Senior fifth-year player Alyssa Thomas (10 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks), junior captain Laughlynn Bragg (4 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals), sophomore Kathryn Comeaux (3 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals), junior Dexie Cercos (2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block) and senior Jenna Keith (2 points, 3 rebounds). The double-double from Thomas set the tone for this post-dominant game; the Hyde Phoenix forced many turnovers for Brewster and were able to get into a groove offensively that we had yet to see from this squad. The Lady Phoenix was un-phased by oftentimes large leads that the Brewster team took throughout the game. In the first quarter, Hyde trailed by a score of 10-23, and going into the final quarter of play, was down 28-35. Their tenacity and team-oriented spirit throughout the contest kept them in the running down to the last minutes of play, and their coaches are proud of the team’s effort against this strong prep league team. Hyde prepares to take on North Yarmouth Academy on Wednesday.
Athlete of the week: Our athlete of the week is sophomore Kathryn Comeaux, with 23 rebounds in her last two contests and a go-getter attitude that fuels her team. She is a player who is constantly trying to improve herself, whether that is asking questions on and off the court or requesting on-on-one skill practice with her teammates and coaches. She put forth an impressive defensive effort against Brewster in the guard position, pressuring the ball and forcing turnovers in this game. Katie is a player whose athleticism and spirit make her extremely coachable, and I am proud of her efforts this week.
Goals: A goal for the Hyde Phoenix this week will be to establish offensive patterns that we can translate to game-time situations. We will practice high-pressure and end-of-game situations so that we are prepared for the close contests that the week will hold. This team has taken great strides in their ability to execute what their coaches ask of them on the floor, and we will continue to build on their improvement this week.