Phoenix Girls Varsity Wins by 3 at Sacopee Valley

1st        2nd       3rd        4th                    Final
Hyde Phoenix            3         8          4          16                       31
Sacopee Hawks         9         5          5          9                         28

It was a tough battle for the Hyde Phoenix on Saturday afternoon but despite an early deficit, foul trouble, and a significant number of turn overs, the ladies fought hard in the fourth quarter to bring home a victory.
With a large home town crowd the Sacopee Hawks came out firing from the tip off.  On defense, Hyde struggled to shut down their outside shooters and after only one three pointer in the first quarter, the Phoenix were down early.  In the second quarter, Hyde stepped up their offense and Jr. Diamond Brown ’16 scored 6 points to close the gap.  Still however, Hyde entered the locker room down by 3 at halftime and down for the first time at half all season.  In the third quarter, the Phoenix and the Hawks traded baskets but Hyde went into the fourth quarter down by 4.  After adjusting on defense to give their outside shooters more pressure, Hyde made key defense stops and were able to put up some points on offense.  Halfway into the fourth, for the first time all game, Hyde was fouled on the line for one and one foul shots.  Jr. Jill Tolman ’16 started it off by sinking one of her free throws and a quick defense stop and a three point play by So. Lilli Allen ‘17, the Phoenix tied it up 25-25.  In the next critical moments, Brown, Allen, and Jr. Lutes Bartlett ’16 all went to line and shot 100% which gave Hyde a 4 point lead in the last minute of play.  There were some nail biting moments down to the last second, but the Phoenix walked off the court having scraped out the win.
The Phoenix had 29 turnovers but made 11 steals and had a number of critical rebounds in the second half.  Bailey, Brown, and So Emma Levonsohn ’17 had 10 rebounds each and high scorer of the game was Brown with 12 points.  The girls certainly have a lot to work on but with three away games this week they’ll need to make the most of practice especially when facing Class D’s top opponent: Rangeley.

Next up:  Away vs. Rangeley 6:30 pm Tuesday

Coach Lobozzo