2017-02-16 / Sports
Lady Devils Take Cabot, Defeat Craftsbury & Knock Off Rivendell
The Lady Devils moved to 11-4 with three impressive wins last week. Williamstown coach Sid Sweet shared his take on the three games with The Northfield News:
“What a week! The Lady Devils had 3 games in 4 days and played 3 teams with a combined record of 31-10. Coming away with 3 wins was not easy but I believe the players better understand what it takes to win and the effort needed to sustain a high level of play.
“Wednesday against Cabot we struggled to get our offensive flow and were trailing 23-16 at the half. After halftime we regrouped and really focused on our execution
We outscored them 13-4 in the 3rd and 29-12 in the half for a 45-35 wiin.
“ Leading the way was Destiny (Keene with 16 and Jayme (Ducharme) with 10. The true difference maker was Liz Laughlin, who in the decisive 3rd qtr took over, ripping down every loose ball and rebound on both ends of the floor. She picked pockets to make steals and buried a couple buckets of her own. Those were the best 8 minutes she has played all year.
“Then Destiny decided to close the game out for us by scoring 11 of her 16 in the quarter (6 in the final minute) She nabbed two steals in a row immediately after she had just scored - essentially sending them home in a state of shock.
“We weathered the storm, didn't allow the early deficit to keep us down and clawed back to a 45-35 victory.
The very next night we hosted Craftsbury, who is the #3 seed in D4. We were a little sluggish to start the game.
“I changed the line-up hoping to spark us early, but it didn't quite work out that way.
We traded blows the first 16 minutes with Crafstbury leading by 1 at the half up 17-16. The locker room talk was about living in the moment and not going thru the motions.
The 3rd qtr we exchanged baskets for 8 minutes and ended up tied 25-25 after 3. We liked our body language and energy much more going into the 4th.
“We locked down on defense, limited their possessions and let Jayme go to work on offense. They had no answer for her, as she served up the knockout blow, scoring 9 of her 21 in the 4th, and going 5 of 6 at the line.
She was a monster on the glass ripping down 13 rebounds to go with her 21pts.
Destiny finished with 13, and Liz continued her aggressive play tossing in 8.
The final was 42-36, we were actually up 10 with a minute to go and they hit a deep 3 late and a foul shot to close it up a little.
“After back to back games facing 10 and 11 win teams we were very proud to jump our record to 10-4. After having a relaxed practice on Friday cleaning up some defensive responsibilities and discussing that we will need more than Jayme and Destiny to chip in consistently on offense we headed to Rivendell, another 10 win team, who had previously beaten us by 12.
“Pregame we reviewed defensive assignments and reminded them everyone is a threat offensively on our team we headed out for warm-ups.
“With 2 minutes left in warm ups I called an audible, pulled the team over and changed the game plan. We going to run a 3-2 zone with Jayme at the point, something we have never practiced.
“We drew up individual responsibilities and sent them onto the court. We jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and finished the qtr up 7-5. Jayme had all 7, scoring off 2 Rivendell turnovers and an 'AND 1'.
“Destiny hit her with great passes early setting Jayme up for success. Liz, Kate, and Maddie cleaned up the boards leaving Rivendell with no second shots.
“The 2nd quarter was more of the same, Jayme put another 7 up, Destiny was controlling the flow, and when they doubled and tripled Jayme she hit Kate for a nice weak side lay-in.
“We went into the locker room up 18-10, a very different attitude and result compared to our previous 2 games.
At half time we just reminded them that rebounding and pushing the pace were going to be the recipe for success for the next 16 minutes also.
“Rivendell could not penetrate our zone, so they continued to shoot the 3 ball. In the 3rd qtr after the half time rest they had some fresh legs back and managed to hit five 3s, giving them 15pts for the quarter, we put in 10 of our own to hold a 28-25 lead entering the final 8 minutes of play.
“We had an early turn over and Riley Thimson made us pay burying her fourth 3 of the game to knot the game at 28. That lasted all of a few seconds as Caroline Perry answered with her own 3.
“A defensive rebound by Emi (Noelk) leading to another 15 footer by Caroline that put us back up by 5 and you could see Rivendell start to buckle.
“Their legs began to give up on them, their shots started to fall short and we grabbed every rebound, we executed down the stretch building our lead and making our free throws late to ice the game.
“This was our best performance of the year, the players trusted the process - never wavering even as our fans became restless when Rivendell made their run in the 3rd. It was a complete victory.
“Emi, Liz, Kate, and Maddie (Varano) dominated on the defensive glass. Jayme dominated inside and on the offensive glass.
“Destiny controlled the flow and imposed her will when needed. Jayme led us with 22pts - 14 in the first half, “Destiny followed with 11. Caroline served up the dagger with her 5.
“They doubled and tripled Jayme in the 2nd half but she still managed to get 8 of her own. On cue the others looked for their own scoring opportunities.
“At 11-4 and playing team basketball as we head into the stretch run I think this group now knows what they are capable of and that everything they want is within reach, coach Sweet said.