2017-03-16 / Sports
Lady Devils Split a Pair, End the Season
The lady Devils split a pair of tournament games last week and finished up the season with a 15-7 record.
Om Wednesday night they defeated Stowe 53-41 in a first round game at the Park’s Gym to advance to the quarterfinals. On Saturday they travelled to Winooski and dropped the quarterfinal contest 55-36.
Against Stowe the team’s seniors all made big contributions. “We got offensive contributions from Destiny (Keene) 8pts, Liz (Laughlin),
6pts, Jayme Ducharme, Maddie Varano, and Caroline (Perry) each got a bucket in the first half, to send us to the locker room up 2 20-18,” said Lady Devil coach Sid sweet.
The Lady Devils got things together in the second half and pulled away to the 53-41 win. Destiny Keene led the way with 19 points against Stowe while Liz Laughlin added 12, Jamie Ducharme tossed in 11, and Maddy Varano contributed 7.
Things were different at Winooski, on Saturday. The Lady Devils found themselves in a 27-16 hole and weren’t able to crawl out of it.
“We went in believing we had the proper game plan and ability to upset them. Their 2 leading scorers combined for 24, while ours combined for 26. Unfortunately they had 2 other players have their best games of the season, as Holly Turner had a career high 16, and Mariah Metevier added 10.
So we got what we wanted holding their big 2 to 24, but their depth proved to be to much for us to overcome.
What the stat line wont show is how we competed. All year we have stressed playing for 32 minutes regardless of the score. It took 22 games, but they finally did just that, diving for loose balls down 17 with 3 minutes to go, battling for every rebound as if it were a 1- point game. Our bench was loud and energetic; our attitudes were great.; everyone stepped onto the floor ready to compete. We just ran into a better team tonight.
As I reflect, I am not sure that I have had a more rewarding season. We carried 9 players most of the season, we did not have a true point guard, we did not have a pure shooting guard, and yet we managed to win 15 of our 22 games. We came back from half time deficits to defeat Cabot and Craftsbury in back to back games, both teams playing at the Aud this week in Division 4. We rebounded from two pretty big losses to Fairfax and Rivendell to beat them both the second time we played them. It's that kind of determination and perseverance this team used to overcome most of our drawbacks. This group will definitely find success after high school in whatever path they choose, as they have proven everyday to not let anything get in their way of success.