Resilience Tested in Phoenix Girls Varsity Victory over Temple Academy

1st        2nd       3rd        4th                    Final
Hyde Phoenix             6          11        11        15                    43
Temple Bereans         10        11        5          3                      29

On Wednesday, The Hyde Phoenix ladies welcomed the Temple Bereans to campus for a mid-afternoon matchup.  It was exciting to welcome the folks from Temple as it is their first year competing in the Maine Principal’s Association.  The visitors from Waterville were happy to visit the campus, and both the coaches and players were excited to compete with the Phoenix. Their enthusiasm paid off as the Bereans raced out to a 10-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.  For the second game in a row, the Phoenix were on their heels early and forced to respond, and respond they did.  Despite missing several players for various reasons, the Phoenix demonstrated their resilience as they fought back to keep the game close at halftime and then outscored their opponents in the second half 26-8 en route to a 43-29 victory.   Jr. Kristine Bailey ’16 was a key catalyst for the Phoenix as she hustled on both ends of the court gathering key rebounds and scoring a career high 10 points.  So. Lilli Allen ‘17 shook off a sluggish first half to score 15 of her game high 19 points in the second half to spearhead the Phoenix strong finish.  So. Emma Levensohn ’17 once again exemplified great hustle and intensity while So. Timesha Walker ’17 fought through a leg injury to contribute 8 points to the team total.  As the Phoenix bring to a close the 2014 part of the season and prepare to go away for a holiday break, they reflect on the highs and lows of the early part of the season.  There is no doubt that the team has much to be proud of including several victories and a tournament championship.  However, there is much work to be done to identify the collective character of the team as it seeks to reach its unique potential.  This group of young ladies has the potential to accomplish great things on the court this year, but first they must figure out how to truly come together as a unit off of the court.  As the new year approaches, this will be the team’s resolve.