In their first contest after the Winter Break the Hyde Women’s Basketball team looked to build on the great progress they made in the early stage of their season, as well as regain their rhythm and confidence as a team. They got off to a slow start, scoring just two points in the first quarter and four in the second quarter. NYA had a 15 point lead at halftime with a score of 21-6. NYA applied full-court pressure that Hyde took nearly the entire third quarter to adjust to. After one basket in the first quarter and two in the second, Junior Kara Fischer connected on two layups and two foul shots in the third to prevent NYA from widening their lead; the margin remained at 15 points going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter the Phoenix made a mental adjustment, executing both their press break and their zone defense effectively. An added full court pressure by the Hyde women saw a flurry of baskets; Hyde outscored NYA 25 to 14 in the fourth quarter, and came within four points of the lead by the end of the game. Fischer ended the game with 27 points and continues to be the fire behind the Phoenix offense; she also chalked up 4 steals, 3 rebounds and an assist. Other scorers for Hyde were junior Katie Comeaux with seven points and senior Elsa Verón with a jump shot in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Carolyn Moore was a strong presence in this game with six rebounds and a conversion layup in the fourth quarter. The Hyde team will look to improve their defensive efforts in their next two contests this week.
Old Orchard Beach: 44
Thursday January 5th the Lady Phoenix traveled down to the home court of the Gulls at Old Orchard Beach High School. After winning the tip off, the Phoenix opened the game with a 6-0 run applying the offensive pressure early on the Gulls. The first quarter ended with the Phoenix in the lead 8-4 with points put up from Katie Comeaux ’13, Kara Fischer ’13, and Jailene Martinez ‘15. The energy that the Lady Phoenix brought from the start diminished in the second quarter. Foul trouble also caused a rift in the offensive action giving the Gulls an 11 point lead at the half. The Phoenix started the second half eager to generate more offense and continue their aggressive physical play. Elsa Veron ’12, in her second game debut off of an injury, returned with a contagious intensity and demonstrated aggression under the boards with 3 offensive rebounds and 5 defensive rebounds. Carolyn Moore ’14 was also aggressive under the hoop and pulled down 2 offensive and 6 defensive rebounds as well as a steal in the second half. The full court pressure from the Gulls posed a challenge for the Phoenix but each player demonstrated true perseverance until the end.
Seacoast Christian: 38
Saturday January 7, 2012 the Hyde Women’s basketball team played Seacoast Christian High School for the second time this season. As eager as the Phoenix were to bring home a win, they were unable to capitalize. With the absence of guard Kara Fischer due to an injury, some of the girls found themselves in new and unfamiliar positions. Susanna McManus ’15 stepped up to the plate and found herself playing one of her best games this season. Katie Comeaux ’13 had 8 rebounds and Tarrah Tibbetts ‘13 finished the game with 3 rebounds. Although it was a disappointing loss, the girls learned a lesson about toughness and resolve that will serve them throughout the rest of the season. Within the coming week the Lady Phoenix will look to improve upon their boxing out, rebounding, and generating offense from our half court sets.