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Scott's Sports Spot

Deer Isle & Stonington
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, December 19, 2013
DISHS Girls get first win and boys win two more

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DISHS basketball player Pat Duddy

Pat Duddy goes for a layup under pressure during a game against Jonesport.

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by Jack Scott

The girls basketball team lost to Sumner 50-36. The good news is that we played a much better game than we had previously. Sumner is a quality Class C team. They also pressed us the entire game and we withstood it pretty well until the end. We trailed 20-18 at the half, and actually led Sumner 25-23 about half way through the third period. Sumner went on a 10-2 run near the end of the fourth period to stretch their lead for the win.

Coach Darren Eaton was happy to see the effort improve despite the loss. We made a few mistakes that cost us but we did the right things overall. We had our chances and we played like the team he expected to see earlier in the season. Allyson Eaton led us with 18 points and 9 rebounds, Holli Boyce 6 points and Logan Eaton and Morgan Shepard each with 4.

The girls easily beat Jonesport 59-11. Jonesport could not deal with our pressure and we capitalized on their turnovers. We struggled with the offense a bit in the first half even though we built a 22-7 lead. We really came together in the third quarter and outscored Jonesport 22-0, putting the game out of reach with a 44-7 lead.

Coach Eaton substituted all his younger players for major playing time, giving them valuable game experience. Without a JV program, these players don’t get much chance to learn in game situations. Allyson Eaton led us with 23 points, including 7 of 8 from the foul line, Ashley Haskell 12 points, Logan Eaton 8, Morgan Shepard 6, and Mallory Gommo and Whitney Brown each with 4.

The boys basketball team beat Jonesport 59-47. Jonesport’s offense centers on Cole Beal who had scored over 50 points in a game recently. When he rolled his ankle early in the game and sat for a while, we weren’t able to take advantage as Lucas Oliver got in foul trouble and we lost the double threat of Stuart Bray and Lucas inside. We did lead 16-9 after the first period, but the offense stalled and we led only 22-20 at the half.

I did see a first for me. Ethan Shepard was given a technical for rolling his eyes about a foul call. I heard his mother on the sidelines say, “I know that look and I hate it.” OK Ethan, just keep your eyes to yourself, please. After a fairly even third period, we took charge with a 7-0 run to lead 44-31 early in the fourth quarter. Jonesport got within 5 points, but we were successful in controlling the end of the game with good defense and foul shooting to give us the 12 point win.

Though not at full strength, Cole Beal managed only 18 points. The Jonesport strategy was mostly to let Cole shoot and the forwards crash the boards. We played a good game overall and were focused at the end. Stuart Bray led us with 19 points and 15 rebounds, Lucas Oliver and Krisford Melanio each with 15 points, and Jared Gove 5.

The boys played a superb game to beat Sumner 56-46. This was a true all-around team win with everyone contributing. We led 13-10 after one quarter and then we stretched that lead to 28-17 at the half with good passing and being aggressive around the basket. We opened up a 20 point lead in the third before Sumner closed it to 15 at the end of the quarter. We started the fourth quarter with an 11-3 run to lead by 23 points with four minutes left. Both teams emptied the benches to finish, though Sumner put a couple starters back in as they closed the gap to 10, but we held on to win.

I was very impressed with the execution and focus with which we played. Pat Duddy played great defense on their high scorer, holding him to 3 points. Krisford Melanio played great defense and handled the ball through all the pressure Sumner put on us. Ethan Shepard took a charge and scored a couple baskets when they double and triple teamed Stuart Bray. Jared Gove had 13 points and fueled our big run in the third period with three baskets in a row.

Stuart Bray had a monster game with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists, one assist shy of a triple double. That’s a big deal even in the NBA. He also had at least half a dozen blocks. Lucas Oliver led us with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Everyone played his role and did a great job at it. I know we shocked Sumner with our play.

The girls at 1-3 have started to play up to their potential but face a tough test with Searsport this Saturday and George Stevens next Monday. If we can keep up our strong effort and deal with pressure defense, we will become a team that should find its way into the standings. This week will be a good barometer of where we are going.

The boys are 3-1 and have managed to start playing well long before expected. The Bangor Daily News didn’t even mention us in the preseason article on Class D, so with no one expecting us to have much of a team, we should surprise a lot of teams. I knew we had all the pieces for a good team, but if we play like we did against Sumner, we can end up near the top of Class D.

DISHS basketball player Morgan Shepard

Morgan Shepard shoots over the defense in a game against Jonesport.

Photo by Jack Scott
DISHS basketball player Pat Duddy

Pat Duddy goes for a layup under pressure during a game against Jonesport.

Photo by Jack Scott