March 12, 2010

Greely grinds down Flyers

KEVIN THOMAS

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Doug Jones/staff photographer: Friday, January, 16, 2008: Greely's guard #20 Nicole Faietta brings the ball down court guarded by Waynflete's #23 Mariam Qazi.

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Doug Jones/staff photographer: Friday, January, 16, 2008: Waynflete's #12Nina Russem, under pressure.

Staff Writer

CUMBERLAND — Waynflete brought a small, outmanned and spunky girls' basketball team into the Greely High gymnasium.

The Rangers just had more -- more passes, more shots, more defense, and more points.

Greely used its all-around game to top the Flyers 56-43 Friday night. The Class B Rangers improved to 11-1, while Class C Waynflete dropped to 8-2.

Abby Young, Greely's 6-foot junior forward, led the way with 17 points and six rebounds. Guard Karlee Biskup contributed 12 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Forward Megan Grondin scored 10, and guard Nicole Faietta added eight points and six steals.

''They just keep running kids at you,'' Waynflete Coach Brandon Salway said.

While Greely subbed at will, using 10 players in the first half, Salway, with only eight players, did not make a substitution until 43 seconds remained in the half.

Greely led 25-19 at halftime, and then charged to an 18-point lead late in the third quarter. But the Flyers rallied and trailed by eight, 44-36, with 6:04 left before the Rangers pulled away.

''They take good shots and they keep fighting,'' Greely Coach Bill Goodman said.

Morgan Woodhouse, a 6-foot forward, recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Flyers. Annie Cutter added 12. Nina Russem scored eight.

The Flyers shot 40 percent (to Greely's 43), but committed 21 turnovers (to Greely's 16).

Young provided the presence inside, ''and our guards dropped down to help guard (Woodhouse),'' Young said.

Greely's guards were swarming, led by Faietta, who converted some half-court steals into layups. ''I try to hesitate and then just explode,'' she said.

Waynflete used a zone defense, so the Rangers countered with several passes per possession.

''In practice we work on that,'' Young said, ''to make sure we get the best possible shot.''

Guards Danielle Slocum, Abby Cornish and Erica Kahn helped move the offense, while Biskup seemed to be involved in every play.

''Karlee has been great all year,'' Goodman said. ''Some nights, it's more assists, some nights it's points. Other games it's rebounds. She can play any position and she does it all well.''

Biskup's pass inside to Chelsea Bridges for a layup made it 41-24. Cornish hit a three-pointer for a 44-26 lead.

But Waynflete came back, directed by point guard Mariam Qazi. Zoe Sobel drained an outside shot, as did Cutler. Samantha Oakland popped in a 3-pointer.

''They had their foot on our throat a few times and we kept scrapping,'' Salway said.

Greely pulled away with a Faietta steal and layup, and a Biskup outside shot.

''Their offense puts a lot of pressure on you because they got a lot of kids who can shoot,'' Salway said.

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at:

kthomas@pressherald.com

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