Lady Phoenix Pass a Tough Test to Reach 13-0
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Hyde Phoenix 15 16 7 14 52
Valley Cavaliers 9 9 14 10 42
The Lady Phoenix of Hyde went on the road Friday to take on the Valley Cavaliers, a matchup featuring the 3rd and 4th respectively ranked teams of the Class D West division. Despite suffering a 30 point loss in the first meeting earlier in the year, it was clear from the start that the Lady Cavaliers were prepared to provide a much tougher test for Hyde. Despite being ahead by as many as 15 points earlier in the game, the Phoenix held onto a slim 4 point margin with just under 2 minutes left when Sr. point guard, Kara Fischer fouled out of the game. Fischer had a team high 15 points along with 5 steals, and when she left the court it was clear that the rest of the team would have to step up and move forward without her. They did so in fine fashion! The Phoenix jumped into a press with So. Allie Helfrich pressuring the ball all over the court, and Jr. Shannon Ward locking down Valley’s top shooter, Teagan Laweryson who scored a game high 19 points. The Phoenix closed out the game on a 6-0 run to notch a hard fought 52-42 victory to improve their season record to 13-0. It was an exciting victory for the Phoenix in what was a loud and energetic venue. Important contributions were put forth by Sr. Katie Comeaux with 9 points and 10 rebounds, and by Fr. Diamond Brown who collected 9 rebounds to go along with 4 points. Fr. Chloe Blaylock played perhaps her best game of the year as she tallied 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. Blaylock’s versatility proved to be critical in this game as she alternated playing out on the wing as well as down in the post. Overall, it was an important victory in what proved to be Hyde’s toughest test to date. The team recognizes this as the kind of game that it will have to win with consistency in the stretch run of the season to advance at Augusta.
Next up: The Hyde Phoenix take on Old Orchard Beach at home – 6 pm. Tuesday, Jan 29th. (Old Orchard Beach is 10-4 and ranked 6th in Class C West)