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Penquis girls fall to Stearns, 54-38

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 1, January 01, 2003

By Ben Bragdon
Staff Writer

Patriots play well early on, but eventually give in to Minutemen press

Observer Photo/ Ben Bragdon
PLAYING KEEP AWAY Penquis of Milo's Erika Morrill, a junior guard, looks to pass while keeping the ball safe from the roaming hands of Stearns forward Trisha McDonald during a 54 - 38 Patriot loss on Dec. 28. The Penquis girls, now 5 -3 on the year, are starting to come together after starting the year with an inexperienced varsity squad.

MILO The Patriots girls basketball team held strong for three quarters Saturday but ultimately fell short to a Stearns team that in the end made just enough plays to pull ahead and take a closer-than-it-looks 54-38 win over Penquis in Milo.

Trailing just 23-20 at the half, the Patriots stayed in the game with the timely jump shots and good halfcourt offense it displayed once past the tight Minutemen press. But as the second half wore on, the pace quickened, favoring Steams. The Minutemen were able to move the ball up and down the court with ease, while Penquis, without a dominant, take-over kind of player, became sloppy with their passes and ball-handling, allowing the visitors to pull away slowly but surely throughout the second half.

Coach Brent Bailey was pleased at his team's play in the first half, but thought the team's inexperience handling the ball in tight situations was the difference in the game. While Penquis has a number of quality players, they lack a star player after three starters from last year's 18-3 team. Still, the Patriots, now 4-3, have already exceeded some expectations, and it is easy to see their pulling an upset or two as the season rolls on.

Farrar Cobb led the Patriots with 12 points, including six in the first quarter. Kate Hamlin finished with 11 points while handling much of the point guard duty.

Leslie Osbome led Steams with 15 points,including eight in the third quarter, as the Minutemen go to 4-2 on the season.

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