Pacers hold on
HINSDALE, N.H. -- The Knicks have Spike Lee and the Lakers have Jack Nicholson.
Mikey Batts, who is the high school equivalent of those bleacher regulars, wouldn’t let his Hinsdale girls basketball team blow a 19-point lead on Tuesday evening.
The passionate fan screamed, "let’s go, girls," all night long, and the Pacers held on for a 50-37 victory over Concord Christian in the Stable.
"Tonight wasn’t pretty. We came out strong, but when I went to the bench our intensity dropped off and we never got that rhythm back," said Hinsdale coach Terry Bonnette, whose team improved to 2-0 with the win.
The visiting Kingsmen, who had trailed 21-4 after the first eight minutes, rallied back to within 35-29 with 5:15 remaining in the third quarter. But the Hinsdale defense would only give up two field goals the rest of the way, allowing the pumped-up Batts to relax a bit as the hosts coasted to the finish.
Using a 2-1-2 zone defense, Hinsdale guards Skylar Bonnette and Allison Scott combined for five steals in the opening quarter -- all resulting in easy layups. And center Bridget Bourne had a couple of key rejections, as she swatted Kendra Jarvis and Lauren McLaughlin.
"I like to play zone, because we tend to get into foul trouble when we go man-to-man," added the Hinsdale coach.
Bourne also contributed at the offensive end. She scored using a sweet post move, knocked down a 12-footer and also went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe, helping the Pacers to a 23-4 advantage.
And then the Kingsmen woke up.
McLaughlin would bury two trifectas and also deliver with a pretty move along the left baseline during Concord Christian’s 12-0 surge. Kaitlin Purtell chipped in with a finish on the break and Nastassja Martell added a mid-range jumper.
The teams then traded buckets before Hinsdale took a 29-20 lead to the break.
The visitors continued to score in the third quarter, but it seemed as though every basket was answered by a make from Scott beyond the arc. She drained four shots from downtown and the Pacers ended it with a 7-0 charge to take a 46-33 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Concord Christian managed just four points over the final eight minutes, on 4-of-6 shooting from the line. A little kiss in the lane from Scott was the lone field goal in the fourth, while Bonnette added a pair of freebies.
Scott finished with five triples and a game-high 23 points. Bonnette followed with 16 points, five assists and five steals. And Bourne added eight points.
McLaughlin scored 14 points to pace the Kingsmen. Jarvis added 11 of her own.
The 2-0 Pacers will play at Wilton on Friday.
Shane Covey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.
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