The BFA-St. Albans girls basketball team’s 1-1 record over the last two games very easily could have been 2-0 after the team saw a late lead slip away during its game against Essex.
The Comets led for most of the game during last Thursday’s contest against the Hornets, but Essex finished the game on a 14-7 run to come away with a 56-51 win.
“I thought we stopped being consistent and allowed ourselves to get a little rattled down the stretch,” said BFA coach Paul LaFountain. “We did not execute like we did for the majority of the game, and it really came down to a 50-75 second stretch where we made mistakes and they made us pay by getting offensive rebounds and making 3s.
“But I was very proud of our team,” he added. “We played extremely hard defensively and held Essex to 8 of 33 shooting from 3. Offensively, we played very unselfishly as well.”
MacKenzie Moore led the charge for BFA with 12 points, while Caitlyn Dasaro and Maren McGinn each knocked in 11 and Alexis Kittell had 10.
Turnovers were costly for the Comets throughout the game, as they committed 24 compared to Essex’s 12. The Hornets also had 17 offensive rebounds, while take 70 shots to BFA’s 45.
Despite the final outcome, LaFountain said there was a lot the Comets could come away from after last Thursday’s game.
“The key takeaway is we know we are on the level of the elite teams in Div. I,” he said. “We need to be consistent for a full 32 minutes to come out with a W in a game like this, but we know we can play with the top teams.”
Comets rebound on the road against North Country
The Comets continued to hit the road on Tuesday when they traveled to North Country. It was the team’s fifth road game in six contests to start the season.
They didn’t let the long drive slow them down, as they came away with a 56-41 over the previously undefeated Falcons.
Maren McGinn finished with a career-high 23 points in the game for the Comets, as she was 11-of-16 shooting, including 10-of-11 from 2-point range. Caitlyn Dasaro finished the game with 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
While McGinn and Dasaro handled a majority of the scoring in the game, LaFountain was impressed with his entire team and the way they were able to move the ball around.
“Caitlyn and Maren combined for all 26 of our points at halftime, but it was due to many great passes from teammates,” he said. “We are steadily improving and the unselfishness of our team on offense has been a strength most of the season.”
The Comets shot 44 percent form the floor, while holding North Country to just 31 percent shooting and scoring 20 points off turnovers.
Kittell led the charge rebounding with nine, while also tallying six assists.
LaFountain was also impressed with the play of Cadence Moore, Lauren-Kate Garceau and Bethany Sanders in the game.
One thing that LaFountain would like to see the team work on is the number of turnovers throughout the game. They had 19 during their game against North Country.
“Nineteen turnovers is simply too many for us to be successful and win games going forward,” he said.
The Comets improved to 4-2 on the season and will play their final three games of the regular season on their home court starting Friday when they host U-32.