WELLS — After making just 5 of 25 shots in the first half – with nearly all of those shots coming from the perimeter despite a clear height advantage – the Falmouth girls’ basketball team was in a 16-13 halftime hole against sophomore-laden Wells.

“Which means what?” Falmouth Coach Mari Warner asked. “When the outside shots aren’t falling, you get closer. You get points in the paint.”

Adelaide Cooke got the message and senior forward Ally Hickey helped with her defense-to-offense transition in a 13-3 third-quarter run that led to Falmouth’s 36-26 win Thursday night.

The key sequence came after Cooke tied the game at 19 with a gritty bucket in traffic and made the ensuing free throw.

With points coming at a snail’s pace, Falmouth had what amounted to an offensive explosion when Hickey created back-to-back steals at the point of Falmouth’s full-court pressure. Hickey converted the first into her own three-point play, then stole the ensuing rebound and fed Dayna Vasconcelos for a layup and 24-19 lead.

“Every point fires our team up,” said Hickey, who scored eight despite foul trouble. “So when we do get a couple points it’s a big deal.”

Falmouth improved to 1-1.

Wells is now 0-3. The Warriors returned only three varsity players from their Western Class B final team, started five sophomores and does not have a senior on the roster.

The Warriors were sharp and precise in their man-to-man offense in the first quarter. Taking the ball inside, Wells was 5 of 9 and led 10-8 at the first break, with Halee Ramsdell scoring six of her nine points. In contrast, Falmouth was 3 of 17.

“We were patient and precise,” Wells Coach Don Abbott said. “In stretches of all three of our games I’ve seen glimpses of the team that I believe we can become. We’ll get used to playing for 32 minutes instead of for eight minutes or four minutes.”

Wells’ Natalie Thurber led all scorers with 15 points. Her 3-pointer soon after halftime gave Wells its only points of the third quarter and its last lead at 19-16.

Falmouth slowly built its lead to 28-19 with a fast-break layup from Vasconcelos and one of Cooke’s two fourth-quarter offensive rebound baskets.

“She’s really improved on making her shots,” Hickey said of Cooke, a powerful sophomore.

“She’s finishing and even when she doesn’t she’s not settling and going back and getting the ball again.”

Falmouth’s Alaina Birkel made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 1:21 to keep Wells at bay, and finished with a team-high nine points. Cooke and Hickey each scored eight.