Cosmos cruise in Townshend
Gabriella Wardwell and Hannah Crosby were just as accurate in the game.
The Springfield forwards each scored a game-high 10 points to power their varsity girls basketball team to a 36-15 victory over host Leland & Gray.
"Springfield is a pretty decent team. They have four or five really decent players," mentioned Rebels coach Terry Merrow, whose team dropped to 2-5 overall.
Using a full-court press, the Cosmos opened up a 9-1 advantage over the first eight minutes of action. Floor general Hailey Perham had everyone's attention — picking off three passes, scoring on a baseline drive, and just missing with a half-court heave.
Maris Linder (6 points) and Arin Bates (6 points) did a nice job of breaking the 1-2-1-1 press in the second quarter, however the Rebels continually missed layups. Each of the backcourt mates also made a fine lob inside to Sydney Hescock.
"Maris is our catalyst. She's our leader. She just plays hard," noted Merrow. "Arin is such a natural athlete. She has such a great knack for anticipating."
A couple of bunnies by Bates were the team's only field goals in the first half. They were followed by a free throw from Hescock, helping Leland & Gray get within 10-6 with 4:15 to go before the intermission.
The Cosmos would follow with a 5-0 run, ending with Wardwell's third layup of the game, to take a 15-6 lead to the locker room.
That's when fans grabbed the palm-sized ducks they had purchased and tossed them toward the center of the court, in hopes of being the one closest to the small target.
A song played by the Leland & Gray pep band may have pumped up the Rebels, who drained three outside shots in the third quarter. Linder drilled a 17-footer from the left baseline and then knocked down a deep 3 from the left wing, while Sierra Fillion connected on a mid-range jumper.
Crosby would score nine of her 10 points in the second half, however, to maintain Springfield's cushion. The senior red-head kissed home a runner, followed her own miss, and delivered twice on the low block.
A three-point play by Perham was the highlight when the Cosmos (4-2) finished the game on a 12-2 surge.
"I thought we played hard right up until the end," Merrow said. "I'm really happy with our defense. They are averaging 60 points a game and we held them to 36."
The Rebels will host undefeated Bellows Falls on Saturday.
Springfield roster: Coach — Joseph Costello. Players — Hailey Perham, Haley Streeter, Kayla Gibbons, Hannah Crosby, Jessica Cerniglia, Ashley Chamberlain, Natalia Dorcely, Ashley Quelch, Julianna Albero-Levings, Kaylee Warren, Emma Howard, Gabriella Wardwell, Makaila Dorcely.
Leland & Gray roster: Coach — Terry Merrow. Players — Sydney Hescock, Arin Bates, Samantha Derosia, Sierra Fillion, Maris Linder, Abby Lowe, Skye Richardson, Ellie Longo, Julia Gleason.
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