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Mascoma Rides 3-Point Barrage to an Easy Victory
Mascoma’s Kayla Larocque, left, and Stevens’ Amerin McCall grapple for the rebound during last night’s game in Claremont. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Stevens girls basketball coach Ross Dole goes over a play with his team between the first and second quarters of last night’s game against Mascoma. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Claremont — Three-point shots are not unusual, unless a team makes nearly as many 3-point field goals as 2-point shots. Last night at Carr Gym, four Mascoma girls combined for eight 3-point baskets on the night — compared with nine 2-point buckets — as the Royals had their way with the Cardinals, winning 47-23.
“We can shoot the 3-point shot, but they don’t always go in,” Mascoma coach Mike Neily said. “Tonight they did.”
Mascoma made eight of 13 3-point attempts, and Stevens coach Ross Dole knew that his defense was slow in reacting to the deep shot.
Mascoma entered the game in eighth place in the New Hampshire Division III standings and will take an 8-3 record into Franklin on Friday. Stevens (1-8) goes to Conant on Friday.
“We didn’t get out after them,” Dole said. ”We’ve been working so hard on offense that our defense has suffered.”
And Stevens’ offense will have to continue to work hard. Last night, the Cardinals had just seven field goals.
“We took just 35 shots tonight,” Dole said. “Usually we take 40 or more. We weren’t very patient. I think we panic sometimes when we have the ball.”
The Royals established control of the game early as a 6-2 lead suddenly became 15-2 when Alex Van Zandt, Danielle Jones and Kori Kosiorek closed out the period with consecutive 3-pointers. Amanda Guerin got into the 3-point act when she hit back-to-back 3s in less than a minute in the second quarter, leading to a 25-9 Mascoma lead after two periods.
Stevens had three field goals in the first half, all by Alexis Melcher.
Still, as much difficulty as the Cardinals were having, the Royals were beginning to slow down offensively. While there was not much hope for Stevens, being down by 16 with half the game to play, it gave them some hope.
“Maybe we were scoreboard watching, I don’t know,” Neily said, “But we couldn’t stay in our offense.”
Maybe the Royals couldn’t stay in their offense, but they kept draining 3s. They added two more in the third quarter for a 35-15 lead with eight minutes to play.
Neily was happy with the Royals’ bench.
“In our first four games the bench was good, but we’ve had some problems there since,” he said. “But not tonight. The bench did a good job.”
Dole knows that the learning process is going to be a long one.
“We put things in for them offensively and then they aren’t patient enough,” the Stevens coach said. “We had 35 shots, but not a lot of them were not good shots.”
Van Zandt led the Mascoma scorers with 12 points, while Guerin added nine. Melcher had nine to lead Stevens.