Wells’ Mackenzie Foss dribbles past Waynflete defender in the second quarter of Monday night’s game in Wells.

Wells’ Mackenzie Foss dribbles past Waynflete defender in the second quarter of Monday night’s game in Wells.

WELLS— Wells’ girls basketball team defeated Waynflete 47-28 thanks to a high powered offensive attack by its core players.

Wells junior Halee Ramsdell led the charge with 14 points, while fellow junior Natalie Thurber added 12 and hit three 3-pointers. Alyssa Loukola also scored 10 points.

Annika Brooks led Waynflete in scoring with 13 points.

Both teams started off the first quarter hot, exchanging 3-pointers from Waynflete’s Lydia Giguere and Wells junior Hannah Moody. From there on Wells controlled the game.

Not only did Ramsdell lead the team in scoring, she also played a major factor on defense.

Wells only allowed seven points in the first quarter, a big factor was Ramsdell’s physicality in the paint, controlling the net and leading the team with three rebounds in the first.

The Warriors offense caught fire midway through the second quarter, and finished the period with an 11-3 run, putting them ahead 28-15 at half.

Waynflete came out much sharper in the third and seemed to find the answer to slowing down the Wells attack. The Flyers outscored the Warriors 6-4 in the third quarter and seemed to be poised to begin chipping away on the scoreboard.

All hope was lost when Wells went on a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter.

The Wells juniors continued to shine as Thurber sank a three and Ramsdell added four points in the fourth, and the Warriors pulled away with a 47-28 victory.

Wells coach Don Abbott had much respect for the fight that Waynflete showed during the contest.

“I thought they battled. They won a lot of the loose ball battles, they played well defensively, they are a scrappy team and that’s why they were able to hang in there with us,” said Abbott. “They are a well coached team, they’re young and fast, so it was good to come out of here with a win against them.”

Although the juniors carried the bulk of the load, Wells managed to have seven different players score a basket, which according to Abbott will be necessary moving forward.

“We played a great defensive game, we put a lot of pressure on them and created a lot of turnovers. It was a great team win,” said Abbott. “We got contributions from just about everybody and that’s the way it’s going to have to be.”

As the Warriors move forward, Abbott stressed to his team the importance of taking the season one step at a time.

“We are just going to take it one game at a time. We can’t get too high or too low after a loss,” said Abbott. “I told them it’s going to be 18 one-game seasons. We have a tough match against Old Orchard next so we are going to practice hard. We will be ready.”

— Sports Staff Writer Alex Sponseller can be reached at [email protected] or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.


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