WELLS — Carried by a 20-0 run and 11 points from senior guard Natalie Thurber, Wells defeated Old Orchard Beach 42-16 in a Western Maine Conference girls’ basketball game Friday night.

Before its surge, Wells (2-1) was up 15-9 with 3:45 left in the second quarter. The Warriors close out the half with 10 straight points.

“Intensity was a big part of (that run). A team effort definitely. We all came together,” said Thurber. “It was a good win, team win.”

In the third quarter, Wells picked up where it left off, outscoring the Seagulls 10-0.

“That’s what we’ve really tried to hang our hats on, good defense,” said Wells Coach Don Abbott.

Old Orchard Beach (1-2) ended its drought with 6:36 left in the fourth quarter when Emily Greenlee knocked down a 3-pointer.

Thurber answered with a 3-pointer of her own.

“The first few games, I struggled with the shot, but the team has really picked me up and helped me through that. They did a great job getting me open tonight. I could not have made those shots without them,” said Thurber.

“When (Thurber) gets it going, she gets hot,” said Abbott.

Hannah Moody played an excellent game on both ends of the floor for Wells, scoring eight points and adding a pair of steals. Moody is one of five Wells seniors who have been starters since they were sophomores.

“I haven’t had a senior (the last) two years, so this has been my team basically for three years. They know the drill for better or worse and you’re starting to see that pay off,” said Abbott.

Hannah Ramsdell, another senior, chipped in with eight rebounds.

Abbott used 12 players and eight of them scored.

“We’re a deep team; we were able to keep coming at them in waves,” said Abbott. “We don’t change a lot when we sub. We’re able to set the tempo of how we want the game to go. Once we settled in tonight I think we were able to do that.”

Sophomore guard MacKenzie Foss provided a spark off the bench in the first half, scoring all seven of her points in the first 16 minutes.

“I like to get those (players off the bench) in and get everybody into the flow of the game,” said Abbott. “Some nights we’ll ride hot hands of different players, but this is a team that is very balanced, very unselfish.”

Maggie Strohm was a presence in the paint for Old Orchard Beach, racking up three blocks. It was the first of three straight games for the Class C Seagulls against Class B opponents.

Wells has won two straight since a season-opening loss to Lake Region.

“There’s always things we can work on, and I felt like tonight was a positive step for us,” said Abbott.


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