Week of January 24th-29th:
Hyde put forth quite a battle on Tuesday afternoon the 25th versus number-one ranked Richmond. New leadership emerged for Hyde with Elea Sevrain, Elsa Véron, Sage Harris, Aneth Batamuliza, and Jenna Keith in the starting lineup. Sevrain contributed 6 points down the line and Sage Harris led scoring with 19. Overall, coaches were pleased with the effort. The Phoenix forced Richmond to work for each basket, limiting fast-break opportunities and handling pressure relatively well. The challenge isn’t over for Hyde this week; they take on Waynflete in a home contest tomorrow that will test their composure all over again.
Limit scoring threats against a big-time Class C squad found the Hyde Phoenix on the losing end against Waynflete school on Wednesday afternoon, January 26th. Waynflete came out of the gates strong, running the floor and converting on many fast-break opportunities, as well as forcing turnovers with a tough 1-2-2 full-court press. They found their rhythm early and The Hyde women struggled throughout the contest to match them possession for possession. Scorers for Hyde were Dexie Cercos with 8 points, Laughlynn Bragg and Lily Smith with 6 points each, Sage Harris with a 3-pointer in the first quarter, Elsa Véron with 2, and Katie Comeaux with a free-throw in the final quarter. On Saturday Hyde boards a ferry from Camden, Maine with the Men’s Varsity team to take on the Island school of Isleboro Central.
Isleboro Central 25
This past Saturday the Lady Phoenix travelled with the Men’s Varsity to play at Isleboro Central. After our adventure on the ferry to Isleboro the ladies knew they were going to have to play their best, as they were missing team co-captains Sage Harris ’11 and Laughlynn Bragg ’12 due to injuries. The game started out very sluggish with a half time score of 9-8 in favor of Hyde. Hyde’s early lead was earned by Elea Sevrain ’14 and her attacks to the basket in the 1st half. Entering the second half with confidence and support from their home crowd, Isleboro took a 5 point lead heading into the 4th. The final quarter of play saw Hyde refusing to give up, but sloppy ball control and too many turnovers doomed the Lady Phoenix on this afternoon. It was a hard loss for the Lady Phoenix. Hyde looks to rebound this upcoming week against two tough league opponents Waynflete and Kent’s Hill.
Week of January 31st – February 5th:
Kent’s Hill 46
The Come-back Kids pulled off a big one on their home floor Wednesday night, knocking off No. 9 ranked Kent’s Hill in a nail-biter fourth quarter that came down to the final minute of play. After trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half of play, and going into the locker room down by a halftime score of 8-19, Hyde rallied in the third quarter to bring their team within six points as they approached the final 8:00 minute period. Switching into a full-court man-to-man defense, the Lady Phoenix began forcing turnovers and converting on layups, never letting off the gas. The late-game effort was led by senior captain Sage Harris, who scored all of her 25 points in the second half of play, with 16 points in the fourth quarter alone. Scoring was paced throughout the game by the following players: Lily Smith and Elea Sevrain with 6 points apiece; Dexie Cercos with 5 points; and Katie Comeaux, Amy Ginsberg and Jenna Keith each with a basket. Hyde took the lead with just over a minute left to play and twice fouled Kent’s Hill players, who in a double-bonus stepped to the free throw line but were unable to convert on the last 3 foul shots of the game. The Phoenix maintained possession and found senior Jenna Keith under the basket for a layup to seal the game. This was a huge victory for a Hyde team that came off a tough weekend loss versus Isleboro. The energy in the gym and support from the student body was what ultimately got the team fired up enough to make the rally that they did. The home-court advantage, plus an increased focus and intensity enabled the girls to execute; they proved something about their mental toughness in making things happen with it matters most.
The Hyde Lady Phoenix faced Waynflete in an away contest in Portland ,Maine on Friday night. After a miserable first quarter that saw the varsity team down by a score of 29-5 at the beginning of the second period, the Hyde team responded to an angry coach and a lackluster start by finding some rhythm offensively and forcing turnovers in a man-to-man defense, decreasing the margin to 20 points going into the half. The team was solid in the second half of play, sharing the basketball and showing bouts of tenacious defense; the hole, however, was too deep to dig themselves out of, and the Lady Phoenix were on the losing end. Sage Harris led the charge for Hyde with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Other scorers with junior Dexie Cercos with a 3-pointer in the second quarter, and Elsa Véron and Lily Smith both with a basket; Smith also contributed 4 rebounds and 2 assists to the effort.
Athlete of the week: This week’s athlete of the week is Jenna Keith. Jenna has been a consistent presence on the Lady Phoenix squad from the get-go. She is the only senior who has been present at nearly every game and practice this season with no problems involving injury, sickness, travel or other setbacks. This week she proved herself as not only a role player on the team, but a leader and a play-maker. She scored the final basket in the Kent’s Hill contest which was key in the victory. Her teammates look to Jenna as a voice of reason and leader both on and off the floor.
Goals: The Lady Phoenix face two Class D teams both ranked ahead of them in the MPA this week. On Monday they play Seacoast Christian (No. 7) and on Thursday Valley (No. 3). They play Old Orchard Beach (No. 8), a Class C team, on Friday. A major goal for the team right now is to work on the principals of off-the-ball defense in a man-to-man. The Hyde Phoenix also continues to work through team dynamics and issues of trust both on and off the floor, which will be critical in the girls’ rally towards post-season play.