December 6, 2013

Girls' Basketball Preview: Wells girls look to make a move in Class B West

The Warriors have plenty of talent but beyond that, it’s a team of friends who have bonded over the years.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Thre’s plenty of talent and plenty of teamwork on the Wells High girls’ basketball team that may make a big-time run this season in the Western Maine Conference. And the key senior players include, left to right, forward Alison Furness, point guard Nicole Moody and forward Sophie Lamb.

Photos by John Ewing/Staff Photographer

Alison Furness is the Wells player who may draw the most attention from opponents this year. Furness averaged 14.3 points and 7.2 rebounds last season.

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Basketball is important to them, but only to a point. They all realize there’s much more to life. Furness exemplifies that better than anyone.

When the game gets tight, when the Warriors need a basket, a big rebound or a clutch defensive play, she’s the one most likely to make it.

“She’s definitely the one they look to,’’ said York’s Clark.

But Furness, a talented artist and musician, doesn’t feel any of the pressure that might accompany that spotlight.

“I feel a little bit, but I’m not really one to get stuck under pressure,’’ she said. “I just kind of let it go. I’m a go-with-the-flow type of person.’’

Abbott, Moody and Lamb all nod their head when she says that because they know it’s true.

“The stage isn’t too big for her or too small for her,’’ said Abbott. “She just plays. She just goes out and plays her game. Her personality is such that she doesn’t cave under the weight of the moment or the game. She just goes out and plays ball.

“She plays with a tenacity and ferocity that belies her sensitive nature.’’

Her brother, Alex, plays at Bentley University but right now she’s not sure she’ll continue playing after high school.

“I’ve thought about it,’’ she said. “I mean, a lot of the schools I’m looking at are Division III so if I really miss it I could probably try out and play. Or I could just go and play by myself. I’m not overly competitive. Just playing pickup in a gym is OK with me.’’

All that matters right now, to Furness and her teammates, is one last run with each other.

“Even if I was going to play (in college), this is your last season with this group of girls,’’ said Lamb, who is likely to play soccer in college. “We’ve been playing with them since the third grade. It’s the last thing you can accomplish with your best friends.’’

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