ELIZABETHTOWN - Alicia Mahoney and Morgan Jaquish combined for 27 points to lead Willsboro past the Lions 40-32 in MVAC girls basketball Jan. 12.
The two teams appeared to be evenly matched early on. Tied at nine mid-way through the second quarter, the Warriors began to pull away and went into halftime with a 15-9 lead.
"We didn't shoot the ball particularly well throughout the game," said Lions head coach Don Ratliff. "And we had a little bit of trouble with their big girls."
Mahoney was effective in the low post for Willsboro, amassing 15 points. Foul trouble limited her minutes in the third quarter, but Jaquish made up for her absence, sinking eight of her 12 points that period.
"Our press was pretty effective in the second half, but their big girls ran the floor and got some easy baskets," Ratliff explained.
Lilly Whalen kept the Lions in the game with three second-half 3-pointers, and finished with 11 points to lead the team in scoring. Shonna Brooks added seven points to go with eight rebounds and four blocks.
"Both girls are eighth graders," said Ratliff, "so we have a bright future ahead of us."
Elizabethtown-Lewis pulled to within five in the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold off the Warriors' attack down the stretch.
Willsboro 40, Elizabethtown-Lewis 32
1 2 3 4 - F
Willsboro 7 8 14 11 - 40
ELCS 7 2 11 12 - 32
H. Bruno 1-0-2, S. Bruno 1-0-2, Holland 0-1-1, Jaquish 6-0-12, Mahoney 7-1-15, Porter 3-0-6, Sayward 1-0-2, Schrieber 0-0-0. Totals: 19-2-40.
Ashline 2-0-5, Brooks 2-3-7, Cassavaugh 0-0-0, Harwood 1-0-3, Jones 1-0-2, LeVien 0-0-0, Jen McGinn 1-0-2, Provost 1-0-2, Whalen 4-0-11. Totals: 12-3-32.
Three Pointers: Harwood, E-L, (1)