The Wolverine girls closed out their basketball season by winning one of their two games Saturday in a junior varsity tournament Richmond High School hosted. Wiscasset Middle High School won 29-17 over the host Bobcats then lost by a whisker 17-14 to Vinalhaven High.
The teams played two 10-minute halves with the usual stoppage time for fouls. The only hitch was the gym’s scoreboard and clock weren’t working, so the time and score had to be kept manually on the sideline.
Five Wolverines put points on the scoreboard against the hosts. Kylie Peoples hit the team’s first basket, launching and swishing a three-pointer. Zoe Waltz hit a three in the opening minutes along with a layup. When the period ended, Wiscasset held a six-point advantage, 19-13. The team held Richmond to just four points in the second 10-minute half while putting 10 more points on the scoreboard.
The Wolverines matched up well against the Bobcats. “We played man-to-man the whole game and did well at both ends of the court,” said Assistant Coach Bob Applebee. Waltz finished with eight points. Peoples and Madison Carrier each had seven. Other Wolverine scorers were Brianna Colson-Orr, D’Nisha Dawkins and Emily Richardson. Kara Brillant netted eight points for the Bobcats.
Wiscasset led early against the Vinalhaven team, about 30 minutes late to the gym. The game started with Peoples blocking a Viking shot. Waltz scored the game’s first points when she drew a foul and went two for two from the free throw line. Carrier hit a three from the left side of the arc, putting the Wolverines up 5-2. The Vikings scored five unanswered points in the closing minutes of the half. Jazmyn Robishaw’s basket on the team’s final possession put her team up 7-5.
Vinalhaven never trailed in the second half. Back-to-back baskets by Maddy Miller put the islanders ahead 11-5. Waltz then hit a huge three, WMHS’s first points of the second half, and suddenly it was an 11-8 ballgame. In the final minute, a three by Waltz from the corner made it a one-point game 15-14. Vinalhaven then hit a pair of foul shot to salt this one away.
Waltz finished with a team high eight. Carrier had four, Peoples two.
The Wolverine boys’ jayvee played hard but lost both of its games. The team dropped the first game 36-7 to the Bobcats. RHS outscored Wiscasset 22-1 in the first half and 14-6 in the second. Freshman Ricky York had a good second half for the Wolverines with a pair of rebounds and back-to-back baskets late, a three-pointer and a field goal. He finished with a team high five points. Wiscasset’s other scorers were Dillion Leeman and Kasey Mills.
In the second game, Vinalhaven got off to a fast start and won big, 38-9. Wiscasset regrouped and played better in the second half. Johnny Spies and Aiden Foley both hit trifectas for Wiscasset. Mills and Cory Ricker led the team under the backboards.