Early Returns Pay Dividends in Phoenix Girls Varsity Victory over Seacoast

1st        2nd       3rd        4th        Final

Hyde Phoenix             18        9          13        10        50
Seacoast Guardians  10        5          10        7          32

The Hyde Girls Basketball team ended their holiday vacation early to return to campus to get ready to compete against opponents who had continued practicing and playing throughout the holidays here in Maine.  While not all members of the team were able to make it back early, the ones who did truly carried the team to a critical 50-32 victory over the Seacoast Guardians to improve the season record to 4-0.    During the multi-session days of practice, the team worked on conditioning and fundamentals, especially shooting.  The hard work paid off as the team had its best shooting game of the year led by Jr. Diamond Brown ’17 who scored 17 points including buzzer beaters at the end of both the 2nd and 3rd quarters that proved to be quite motivational for the Phoenix and deflating for the determined Guardians.  So. Lilli Allen ’18 shook off the rust of a mediocre shooting performance in the first half to pour in 14 points in the second half for a game-high total of 23 points.   The most inspiring performance by a Hyde player was turned in by So. Allison Grover ’18 who played perhaps the best game of her Hyde career as she set the tone for hustle, hard work, and solid defense for four quarters.  Grover’s primary job was to shut down Seacoast’s best guard, Kylene DeSmith, and she truly did as she limited DeSmith to only 4 points on the game.   Other shout-outs go to Emma Levenshon ’18 and Fr. Merrill Truluck ’19.  Levenshon continues to exemplify a wonderful learning attitude and work ethic, and the commitment that she has made to improving her shooting paid off with 6 points against Seacoast.  Truluck is taking concrete steps in both learning the game of basketball and improving her confidence as her playing time increases.  The team is excited to get back to work and to focus on each step that it will take to get to Augusta.

Next up:  Home vs. Valley –  Thursday 1/8 at 5 pm.