By Matt Pascarella
The varsity girls, basketball team took on Skowhegan in a preseason game at Windham on Tuesday, December 4.
Windham was aggressive right out of the gate, with strong teamwork, moving the ball around their opponents nicely. Skowhegan jumped to a small but early lead and it didn’t take the Lady Eagles long to pull ahead. Windham gave 110%, keeping the two teams close, with only a few points separating the score in the first half. It was neck and neck with Windham up 10 to 9 at one point in the second quarter, then the score was tied at 12.
Half: 14-13, Windham
Both teams were giving it their all at the start of the second half. The Lady Eagles had pulled out to a small lead, but Skowhegan was right behind them, even leading at one point 19 to 18. Windham quickly turned the tables, leading 25-21. Windham’s good offense and defense kept Skowhegan from taking a serious lead.
The Lady Eagles were not slowing down. They continued to move the ball around well, taking multiple shots on Skowhegan’s basket. Windham lead by five, but there was still four minutes left on the clock. A short time later, Windham lead by three with 57 seconds left. At the final buzzer the Lady Eagles had taken this one 42 to 37.
Top scorers included Meghan Hoffses, #2, and Hannah Talon, #11. Anna Drummond, #13, sunk a three pointer in the fourth quarter.
“The girls played alright,” remarked coach Brody Artes. “It’s early in the season, so they made some mistakes, but overall, I think our experience came through at the end; we held it together when we needed to and we did alright.” In the upcoming season, “we can look forward to a quality basketball team that’s fun to watch...score some points and really play lockdown defense; should be a fun year.”
The girl’s first home game is Tuesday, December 11 against Portland. JV plays at 5:30 p.m., Varsity at 7 p.m.