The Hyde Phoenix Girls Varsity Team welcomed the Rangeley Lakers to kick off their home schedule. In front of a raucous Phoenix crowd, the Phoenix fought hard and represented themselves well despite falling 53-30 to last year’s runners up for the Class D State championship. In preparation for this game, the team talked a lot about playing with courage and never backing down, no matter what the scoreboard said. The team knew that they would face an aggressive full court press from Rangeley, and overall they handled it quite well given the limited amount of game experience the team has had thus far. So. Lutes Bartlett played the game of her young career as she hustled all over the court, playing good defense on one end and aggressive offense on the other end. In addition to scoring 4 points, Bartlett had rebounds by the bunches and kept Laker offensive players out of the paint. Once again, the Phoenix offense was paced by So. Diamond Brown who led all scorers with 18 points. Brown also did a fine job of directing traffic as she and, Sr. Carolyn Moore consistently penetrated Rangeley’s press. Sr. Emma Leonard chipped in 8 points with 3 shots from the outside and two free-throws from the charity stripe. Leonard is starting to show signs of an offensive minded player who is looking to utilize her deadly outside shot. Other key contributions came from So. Kelsey Talbutt who is an aggressive defender and from Fr. Allison Grover who can be counted on to hustle all over the court. Fr. Rachel Wikman and So. Anna Presson both made their varsity debuts tonight after earning their spots by working hard in practice. Both girls got some playing time tonight and played with enthusiasm. After the game, the team gathered in the locker room and recognized the pride with which they represented the Hyde uniform, and they expressed their enthusiasm for getting back to work in preparation for the next contest. Lastly, it was not lost on the team that they have a late season rematch with Rangeley, which will give them a chance to measure how far they will have come by that point, and perhaps an opportunity for a little bit of payback.
Next Up: Home vs. Seacoast 6 pm on Thursday.