In girls basketball: LR Rangers fall to 5-2 with loss to Hazen

by Harris Kinsey

copyright the Chronicle 1-23-2013

Coming off a disappointing loss at home to Lamoille, the Lake Region girls varsity team hoped to get back to their winning ways vs. Hazen Friday night, January 18.  They fought hard for four quarters but came up just short in a heartbreaking 48-45 loss.  Alyssa Whitney led Hazen with 13 points.  Jordan Manning and Renae Hall each added 11 points for Hazen.

Tyrah Urie led Lake Region with 11 points, but like her teammates, she just couldn’t consistently get her shots to go in.  Lake Region struggled to score as they got good shots, but just too many failed to fall.

The first quarter began with Hazen scoring the first basket early to go up 2-0.  Ashley Locke then answered back with two of her nine points to tie the game at two.  Ally McAllister answered with a score of her own.  Hazen 4, Lake Region 2.  Sabrina Roberge then hit a three pointer to give Lake Region the lead.  Lake Region would score again on a steal and a three-pointer from Drew Neal.  Lake Region would also get a three-pointer from Urie, and a score from Michelle Thibeault.  The first quarter ended with the score 16-9 in favor of Lake Region.

The second quarter began with Locke hitting a free throw for the first score.  Hazen then took over the quarter as their shots began to fall and Lake Region’s shots didn’t.  However, the second quarter was a very low scoring quarter.  Hazen got well balanced scoring as Whitney was the high scorer of the quarter with four points.  As a team, Hazen would score 11 points, while Lake Region scored just five.  At halftime the score stood at Lake Region 21, Hazen 20.

Nobody scored in the third quarter until the 6:50 mark when a layup by Whitney gave Hazen the lead 22-21.  Lake Region didn’t score until the 4:15 mark on two free throws by Locke to take the lead back 23-22.  Hazen then scored seven unanswered points on a three-pointer and a three-point play by Manning, and a layup by Whitney.  Hazen 30, Lake Region 23.  Lake Region would only get four more points in the quarter on jumpers by Locke and Urie.  Hazen would again outscore Lake Region in the quarter 10-6.  After three quarters the score stood 32-27 in favor of Hazen.

Hall got the first score of the fourth quarter on a layup.  Hazen 34, Lake Region 27.  Sarah Burnham answered back with a layup of her own to pull Lake Region back to within five.  Lake Region would score six more points to pull within one, 36-35.  The quarter went back and forth.  Hazen would go up by seven again 43-37.  However, Lake Region came roaring back to pull within two with two minutes left, 43-41.  Hazen had the answer again by scoring five more points, while Lake Region was only able to score two more.  Each team scored 16 points in the quarter but the final score was 48-45 in Hazen’s favor.

After the game LR coach Mark Tinker said, “We need to work on getting up and down the floor.  We like a faster tempo, but we also need to work on our execution in our half-court offense.  We aren’t getting the best shot, and that is hurting us as well.  On defense we are not communicating, and we are fouling way too much.  That has been our biggest problem, is the fouls.  We are trying multiple defenses, which is nice to have a variety, and we are getting better.  We played better than we did against Lamoille, but we need to improve more.”

The Rangers next game is at Windsor on Saturday, January 26.  They will play at home on Monday, January 28, against BFA Fairfax at 7 p.m.

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