Wolverine girls basketball looks to rebound this season

Posted:  Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 9:15am

With a team featuring five seniors, Wiscasset Wolverine girls basketball is looking to use experience to rebound from a season that had only one win. Head Coach Ben Clark returns for another season and is excited to get started.

“We’re looking forward to the season. This group works hard and is extremely coachable. We are much more experienced than we have been in recent years. Our backcourt are both seniors in Grace Webber and Maeve Blodgett. Their leadership will be key to our success. In the frontcourt, we return (senior) Lindsey Gordon and (junior) Sydnie Thayer who will have to play increased roles offensively. Both are active, physical players who play bigger than they are.”

Last weekend, the Wolverines played a preseason tournament in Gardiner where they faced some different programs.

“We challenged ourselves with our preseason schedule, playing the bigger schools like Morse, Erskine Academy, Foxcroft Academy, and Maranacook,” Clark said. “We’re eager to get going.”

In the season opener in Wiscasset, the girls team dropped a tough game against the Carrabec Lady Cobras, 40-28. Wiscasset was outplayed for the first three quarters against a physical Carrabec team, which also featured strong play from their senior backcourt of Bailey Dunphy with 12 points and Melanie Clark with 11. 

Trailing 31-16 entering the fourth quarter, Wiscasset showed some spark, going on a 10-4 run behind Webber, Thayer, Gordon with four points and Blodgett with five steals. The burst proved too late though, as Carrabec held on for the victory, going 10 for 15 from the free throw line to Wiscasset's four, which were all in the first quarter.

Webber finished with 10 points, six rebounds, and three steals; Thayer chipped in six points, eight rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks. Wiscasset also received a nice contribution from sophomore Jade Rego with four points in the paint. 

Ari Mills and Leah Potter complete the senior representation on the squad and are counted on for their hustle and physical play. Sophomore Kateleen Trask and freshmen Kayla Cossette and Paige Davenport round out the 2017-18 roster. Clark is assisted by Robert Applebee and Junior Varsity Head Coach Chris Cossette. The team manager is Zack Mank.

This week, Wiscasset hosts Madison at home Thursday night. Junior varsity starts at 5:30 p.m., varsity at 7 p.m. The Wolverines will then travel to Hall-Dale for a makeup game Saturday where only the varsity will play. Game time is 1 p.m.