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Patriots get key win over Lynx

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 1, January 07, 2004

By Ben Bragdon
Staff Writer

Penquis beats Mattanawcook 45-36

MILO Mattanawcook had the momentum heading into the fourth quarter of Monday night game's against Penquis. Lynx guard Jaide Littlefield finished the third quarter with three points in the final four seconds, cutting the Patriot lead to two points and sending her team into the final frame with a little extra boost.

And there was the matter of the Patriots' problems in close games. With two narrow losses to Penobscot Valley and one to Steams, Penquis has had trouble closing out games, a fact that did not bode well in a 32-30 ballgame.

But the Patriots came out with a game plan, and followed it well. With crisp and patient passing, they worked the ball around, looking for a good shot. Adding in some solid defense, they slowly built a lead on the way to a 45-38 victory with positive playoff implications for the Patriots.

"A little practice, and a little sting from those close losses, made for a patient game," said Penquis coach Brent Bailey.
First, Farrar Cobb hit a baseline jumper after the ball made its way around the horn in slow, calculated fashion. Then a block shot on one end by Becca Madden one of a handful for her on the night turned into two points for Kate Hamlin on the other. Soon after, Erika Morrill passed down low to Shannon Gerrish, who found Hamlin on the other side of the hoop for a lay-up that gave Penquis a 38-30 lead with 5:41 remaining.

"We don't have a lot of height," said Bailey. "We rely on transition. We really started pushing it."

The Lynx threatened to cut it close on a couple of occasions down the stretch, but poor shooting forced mainly by tough Patriot defense kept Penquis in the lead. Morrill and Madden combined to limit Mattanawcook star Ali Keegan to seven points on 1-of-10 shooting.

"She's the best defender in the league," Bailey said of Morrill.

Penquis, now 3-5, hopes to gain momentum from this close win, and turn it in to a couple of upsets as they head into the second half of the season. Bailey said since they lost the first three tight games, he wants to win the next three as the Patriots shoot to be among the 11 Class C teams that make the postseason.

"This is a big win for us," he said.

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