The Hyde Lady Phoenix played Richmond, ranked first in Class D, on Wednesday in our home gym. Richmond came out hard and started off with full court pressure. The Phoenix struggled to break the press and initiate an effective offense. As a result, Richmond had a substantial lead at the end of the first half. In the second half the Lady Phoenix were eager to step up their level of play and put up some points for the home team. Katie Comeaux ’13 played a solid game defensively and came away with 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Susanna McManus ’15 added two points to the mix when she hit a shot from her sweet spot on the elbow and Jailene Martinez ’15 also contributed a basket from the post. The girls demonstrated one of their most inspiring qualities as a team: perseverance. Everyone who stepped on the court never gave up. As a team it was difficult to lose, but we put the game behind us and began to focus on our game versus Isleboro the next day.
It was a chilly day when the Lady Phoenix hopped on the bus headed for Lincolnville to catch a ferry to the island of Isleboro. Again the Phoenix struggled to transition from pre-game travel to game-time, and within the first quarter the Eagles were up by 13. By the end of the half the Lady Phoenix started finding a rhythm with their passing in order to break the Eagles’ press. Putting the ball in the net still proved to be a challenge for Hyde although they were moving the ball up the court and working it around on offense. In the second half the Lady Phoenix took the court looking to generate more offense and capitalize off of fast breaks. The Eagles had a comfortable lead, however, and the Phoenix just couldn’t close the gap in the score. Jailene Martinez ’15 was our high scorer with 6 points and pulled down 6 defensive and 4 offensive rebounds. Katie Comeaux ’13 stepped it up on defense and came away with 7 steals and put up 5 points on offense. Her intensity was contagious and Carolyn Moore ’14 also picked up her defensive play with 4 steals. This week the Hyde women will work on executing our half court offenses and putting more points up on the offensive end.