WOODSTOCK- On Saturday, the girls’ varsity basketball team initially managed to keep the score close in their game against the Woodstock Wasps, as the two teams were tied at the half. “I told my team that if we can keep it a low scoring game, then we have chance, and we did that up to the half,” said coach Buddy Hayford. “But, then it all got away from us.”
The Wildcats held the Wasps to seven points in the first quarter, and both teams had scored a total of 13 points by the half. But the third quarter saw the Wasps take flight, scoring 23 points and leading the
Wildcats 34-25. In the fourth quarter, the Wildcats scored 13 points, but the Wasps stung them for17.
Tayler Courchesne scored 15 points, Sammy Morse eight, Kendell Howe six, Leah Putnam four, and Jarrett Niles two. Tatyanna Bowman led in rebounds with eight, and also made three assists and stole the ball three times. Courchesne snagged seven rebounds and had five steals.
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WHITINGHAM- The Twin Valley girls’ varsity basketball team faced the Bellows Falls Terriers on Monday and were bested by their opponents, partially due to the Terriers’ energetic defense and a deep bench that allowed their coach to send in reinforcements on a regular basis. Coach Buddy Hayford summed up the game by saying, “ We were in the game in the first quarter, but after that we were largely shut out of it. You have to give Bellows Falls credit, they are a tough team and clearly gave more than my girls could handle. But we were also a turnover machine.”
In the first quarter, the Terriers only managed to outscore the Wildcats by three points, and the score was 7-4 by the end of the quarter. But in the second quarter, the Terriers stopped the Wildcats in their tracks. “We were completely shut out in the second quarter, we didn’t score a point,” said Hayford. Bellows Falls coach Joe Goodhue said that his team’s defense was what made the difference.
“They know how to converge at will on one player,” he said. The Terriers managed to force many turnovers, and had many more chances to score, and going into the half, the Terriers led 4-21. While Twin Valley scored 11 points in the third quarter, the Terriers bested them by scoring another 16 points, and at the end of the quarter the score was 37-15.
“You can’t always win,” said Hayford, “Sometimes, you just have to keep on working and do the best you can.”
Tayler Courchesne scored 15 points, Jarrett Niles three, Leah Putnam two, and Maria Page and
Kendell Howe each scored one. Howe also grabbed 10 rebounds, made two assists, and stole the ball four times.
The Twin Valley varsity girls play Green Mountain in a home game on Thursday. Tipoff is at 7 pm. On Friday they have a home game against Proctor. Tipoff is at 4:30.