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FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy girls' basketball team has rebounded nicely after Greely snapped its six-game winning streak by rattling off three consecutive victories since that trip to Cumberland on Jan. 13.
Fryeburg improved to 12-2 on the season after topping Falmouth 37-27 on the road Friday night, and besting Biddeford 49-30 at home on Jan. 18.
Against Biddeford, the Raiders jumped out to 25-16 halftime and cruised past the Tigers (2-10), who had no answer for the interior play of the hosts.
After leading 13-10 following the opening eight minutes of play, the Raiders outscored the Tigers 12-6 in the second period to open up a nine-point cushion at the break. Fryeburg went on a 16-9 run in the third quarter to grow its lead to 41-25 heading into the final period.
Alexis L'Heureux-Carland scored a game-high15 points for Fryeburg, while McKenna Gerchman had nine points and Julia Quinn added seven points and eight assists; Mackenzie Buzzell, six; Kaylin Delaney, four; Sage Boivin, two; and Katherine Parker, two.
"Well, we now have 13 games in," Sean Watson, Raiders' head coach, said following the Biddeford win. "We haven't discussed wins or losses all season and we are not going to start now. We are only concerned with the process of getting better. I'm convinced, you can play well in losses and poorly in wins. With that being said, we are concerned with the process and our progress. We are better than we were earlier in the season and we hope to be better in every game the rest of the way."
At Falmouth, the Raiders gave up 10 first quarter points to their hosts and actually trailed 10-7 after the opening quarter before putting the defensive clamps on. Falmouth was held to four points in the second quarter, six in the third, and seven in the fourth period.
Quinn finished with a game-high 16 points. L’Heureux-Carland added seven; Buzzell, four; Gerchman, four; Boivin, two, Delaney, two; and Parker, two.
Coach Watson reflected on the 63-43 loss at Greely.
"I don't know if Greely is the best team we have seen this season," he said. "To be honest, we are only concerned with ourselves. I would agree that Greely shot the ball better against us than anyone thus far.
I am really happy with the past 16 days. We played seven games in 16 days," he continued. "We did a lot of things well in those 7 games. For us, it is all about the process of getting better. I think we are better now than we were 16 days ago."
The team started its latest win streak by topping Freeport 51-41 on Jan. 15.
"We played really well for about 29 minutes against Freeport," Watson said. "We had a poor three minute spell in the fourth quarter, where we did not play as smart as we should have. Apparently we didn't fully understand what we needed to do with a decent lead with five minutes to go in the game. We took some ill-advised shots and turned the ball over when we just needed to hold onto the ball and be a lot more deliberate. That falls into the lap of the head coach. I need to be much more clear with the expectations in those situations. Just like the players need to get better throughout the season so does the coach!
"As with most of our games throughout the season, we received quality minutes from the bench," he said. "Katherine Parker had a really good final three minutes versus Freeport. She showed poise and leadership when Freeport was making a run at us."
The Raiders have two games on the schedule this week. Monday night, the team was in the road at 7-6 Warriors of Wells (results were not known as of press time). They'll close out the week by hosting arch-rival Lake Region (10-3). Tip time is 6:30 p.m.