Things couldn’t have gone much better for the BFA-St. Albans girls basketball team when it hosted Colchester on Monday.
The defense was incredible, as it stymied the Lakers all game long. Colchester didn’t hit its second basket of the game until there were only 49 seconds left in the third quarter.
And the offense was just as good, as they scored more points in the third quarter (20) as Colchester did in the game, as the Comets came away with a 66-18 win.
“We got a pretty good lead early, and I just kept telling the girls to stay consistent, which we have talked about being all season,” said BFA coach Paul LaFountain. “We didn’t want to change the way we played defense. Sure, we could have reached and gotten more steals, but that wasn’t going to help us going forward in the season.
“What’s going to help us was staying consistent, and closing out and boxing out as a team,” he added. “I was very impressed with that throughout the game. Even when we were up big in the fourth quarter, they were closing out on every pass and that’s what we are trying to build is seeing that consistency no matter what the score is, which will develop good habits.”
It was another fantastic game for the team overall, as they shared the ball all throughout the game with 10 players scoring.
Maren McGinn led the charge for the Comets with 18 points and eight rebounds. Caitlyn Dasaro finished the game with 12 points and nine rebounds. Ruby Dasaro, Loghan Hughes and MacKenzie Moore (eight rebounds) each finished with seven points, while Iris Burns (six points), Lauren-Kate Garceau (four points), Pippa Kittell (three points), Allie Bushey (one point) and Ella Reynolds (one point) also scored for the Comets.
“Our girls came really ready to play tonight,” said LaFountain. “We were ready right from the tip, and our shot selection was improved tonight. We were passing up the good shots for great shots, so overall pleased with the way they played together unselfishly. We didn’t have anyone trying to get theirs even when we got up, so that really good to see.”
After the JV game got canceled on Monday due to Colchester not having enough players, the Comets called up Hannah Branon, Bushey and Reynolds to the varsity team.
They all played solid minutes in the fourth quarter and played well during their time.
“We were going to call those three up on Thursday since we won’t have a JV game against Burlington,” said LaFountain. “They certainly deserve their chance to get a head start on next year. When I got the word this morning there would be no JV game tonight, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get them on the bench and if we got a big enough lead, get them out there and have fun. They deserved it and earned it. It’s awesome being my second year here and see them get here as sophomores, that’s the whole reason you do this and I am so proud of them.”
The Comets wasted no time jumping out to a big lead leading 17-2 after the first and 29-3 at the half. They continued to play well all around in the third outscoring Colchester 21-3 to take a 50-6 lead.
The Comets improved to 6-2 on the year and will finish out the regular season on Thursday at home against Burlington.