Wiscasset girls look to finish strong
With the season winding down, the Wiscasset Lady Wolverines are still in search of that elusive first victory. However, the effort never wanes as the team is hard-nosed and continues to battle despite the situation. The team refuses to give up.
With games at home facing Boothbay (15-0) and on the road against Richmond (11-5) this past week, Wiscasset had its hands full.
On Jan. 25, the Wolverines hosted the number one team in Class C South, Boothbay. Wiscasset was simply overmatched in size and ability, as the Lady Wolverines held without a point until just under three minutes left in the first half. The Seahawks feature three six footers in their starting lineup, with 6-foot senior Page Brown and two 6’1” sisters in freshman Glory Blethen and junior Faith Blethen. The trio owned this contest from the outset, helping Boothbay suffocate the Wiscasset offense. Wiscasset was held to two points in the half and five total through three quarters, as Boothbay established leads of 34-2 at halftime, and 54-5 after three quarters.
For Boothbay, Brown led the way with 21 points, Faith Blethen had 13 points, and sister Glory had 12. Sophomore guard Chloe Arsenault added 10 in the 65-22 victory. For Wiscasset, senior guard Maeve Blodgett finished with nine points, three rebounds, and two assists. Grace Webber finished with seven points and Lindsey Gordon added four points and five rebounds.
Saturday night, Wiscasset travelled a short distance to Richmond to face a tough Bobcat team ranked fifth in Class C South. After watching the Bobcats jump out to a 12-0 lead, Webber caught fire. The spark plug guard rattled off seven straight points to close the first quarter, including a buzzer beater runner to close the gap to 12-7.
Richmond was able to hold Wiscasset to four points in the second, as the Bobcats took a 24–11 halftime lead, despite an off night offensive from Bobcat forward Sydney Underhill-Tilton.
“Defensively our girls really competed and played hard. They were all over the floor and challenged themselves to get out on the Richmond shooters,” said Wiscasset Head Coach Ben Clark. “To hold a team like Richmond to only 13 field goals was a definite positive and something we hope to build on. We simply put them on the line too much by fouling.”
Wiscasset couldn’t get much offense going in the second half, with only nine total points. Richmond had trouble as well, as Wiscasset played the Bobcats tough in the halfcourt, holding them to eight points in the third, to trail 32-16 after three. Wiscasset sent Richmond to the line 22 times as well, opposed to their five trips.
In the fourth, Richmond got the best of Wiscasset 11-4 to close out the victory, 43-20. Underhill-Tilton finished with 12 points as did Bryanne Lancaster. For Wiscasset, Webber finished with 12 points, four steals and three blocks. Blodgett and Gordon each added four.
“Lindsey played really well against Tilton, limiting her to only 12 points. Maeve is playing really well, and we are much better when she is able to beat her player off the dribble and get to the middle of the floor, and Grace had one of her better offensive games against Richmond,” said Clark. “They will need to continue to play well offensively for us to be competitive in our last two games of the season.”
Wiscasset was set to travel to Monmouth on Wednesday night for a 5:30 p.m. junior varsity game and a 7 p.m. varsity matchup against the second ranked Mustangs. Wiscasset then closes the season next Tuesday night hosting Mt. Abram. JV starts at 5:30 p.m., varsity at 7 p.m.