HINSDALE, N.H. -- True dyed in blue Pacer fans have probably noticed by now that their girls basketball team is again off to a great start.
After a perfect regular season and a win at home in their Wednesday opener, the varsity crew is proving to the home crowd that some--if not most--of that same veracity and talent looks like it has been carried over to the new team.
Friday night’s game at The Stable supported that theory, as Hinsdale lit up the floor, scorching Wilton-Lyndeborough, 65-31.
Brianna Benjamen and Skylar Bonnette went on the offensive early, Allison Scott splashed a few threes, and Bridget Bourne had defensive duties underneath for the hosts -- a formula that held the Warriors to six points after one quarter which led to a 16-point advantage for the Pacers at the half.
Scott was at the heart of Hinsdale’s attack, tallying 22 points with five assists. She also led her team in steals, often tossing the ball in off the glass at close range after peeling it away from the Wilton offense.
"We’re a pretty aggressive team," said Scott. "We have a lot to work on but that will come as we go."
Bonnette racked up 16 points, Bourne had 12 points, and Benjamen chipped in with nine.
Bonnette drained a pair from downtown and Scott made most of hers on jumpers to combine for 16 points in the fourth. Bourne straightened out her free throws, and Kathryn Fecto and Megan Finnell tossed in a few baskets to give Hinsdale another 22 points as they wrapped things up.
Standing about 6-feet tall, Bourne kept Wilton boxed out, and on the offensive rebound, made most of her putbacks. "I thought we had a better defensive game," she said.
The Warriors’ best quarter was their second as Ally Schwab and senior captain Sami Bosquet teamed up for 11 points. Schwab led her team with 16 points and Bosquet had 10.
Before the game, Hinsdale huddled up at center-court with arms locked together. "Who are we?!" they exclaimed. "Pacers!" they and some of the fans replied. "What are we?!" was the follow-up question. The team’s answer own: "Relentless!"
They certainly were Friday night, but it’s early in the season and like any other team, Hinsdale still has some obstacles to overcome.
Mainly their passing. Pacer head coach Terry Bonnette said bad passing led to too many turnovers, particularly in the first half, but felt the team recovered after some adjustments.
"We have pretty good guard play," said Bonnette, whose Pacers will play at Monadnock tonight at 6. "We just have to play under control, take good shots, and move the ball around."
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