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JV Lady Devils take tough loss at Eastern, 25-23

After romping to a 54-point win over Whiteoak in their season opener, Coach Tony Williams and his JV North Adams Lady Devils faced a little tougher foe on Monday, Nov. 30., traveling across county lines to face off with the Eastern Lady Warriors. It turned out to be an ugly evening for the Lady Devils as they committed 26 turnovers and shot just 22% from the field, but still managed to make it a tight contest, falling 25-23 to the Lady Warriors.

The story of the first quarter was the defensive pressure of the home team and the inability of the Lady Devils to handle it and score as the visitors managed just three points, all of them coming on an old-fashioned three-point play by Brooklyn Wylie. The Lady Warriors did their damage from the free throw line in the opening stanza, hitting 6 of 8 attempts on their way to a 10-3 advantage.

In the second period, the North Adams girls showed some life as they stepped up their own half court defensive pressure to get back in the game. Set plays on offense resulted in easy layups for Charlee Louden and Brooklyn Stout and by the halftime intermission, the Lady Devils had cut the Eastern lead to just 13-9.

The North Adams comeback continued after the break as they outscored Eastern 8-6 in the third quarter, narrowing the gap to 19-17 with six minutes of action remaining.

The fourth quarter turned out to be an exciting one, beginning when Wylie tallied another three-point play and then a free throw on the next North Adams possession to give the Lady Devils a 21-19 advantage. Both offenses were blanked for the next three minutes until a basket by Eastern’s Haley Fannin tied the game.

A minute later as the North Adams offense continued to sputter, the Lady Warriors took the lead on a pair of Destinie Rose free throws. Finally, with 1:35 left to play, the Lady Devils found the mark again as an offensive rebound and basket by McKayla Raines evened the scoreboard at 23 all.

After Eastern missed a pair of foul shots on their next offensive trip, the Lady Devils took possession with 30 seconds left and despite two timeouts by Coach Williams, could not come up with a score. In the final 10 seconds, a scramble took place underneath the Eastern basket and the ball eventually went out to Andrea Edminsten, who drained a 16-foot jumper with just 0.3 seconds left. A last second throw-in by the Lady Devils was for naught and the home team escaped with a 25-23 victory.

“We did a good job of digging ourselves out of a pretty deep hole early,” said Coach Williams. “We just have to become more consistent, which I think every team strives for. We have to finish more plays if we want to be successful. I know our girls are ready to get back to practice and work on improving.”

The Lady Devils (1-1) were led in scoring by 10 points from Brooklyn Wylie and 6 from Brooklyn Stout. McKayla Raines added 3 in the loss. Eastern was paced by 7 points from Haley Fannin and 6 from Morgan Reynolds.

NAHS 3 6 8 6 —23

EHS 10 3 6 6 —25

NAHS (23): Wylie 3 4-6 10, Louden 1 0-0 2, Stout 2 2-3 6, Raines 1 1-2 3, Harper 1 0-3 2, 8 7-15 23.

EHS (25): Edminsten 2 0-0 4, Cox 0 1-3 1, Sowers 1 0-0 2, Reynolds 1 4-4 6, Rose 0 2-6 2, Baker 0 1-2 1, Fannin 3 1-4 7, Malott 1 0-0 2, Team 8 9-19 25.

North Adams defenders Adison Wright, left, and Allison Harper, right, put the double team on this Eastern ball handler during JV action from Monday night at Eastern High School.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_JVgirls.jpgNorth Adams defenders Adison Wright, left, and Allison Harper, right, put the double team on this Eastern ball handler during JV action from Monday night at Eastern High School. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

Reach Mark Carpenter at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.

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