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Lady Falcons roll over Roadrunners
RUMFORD --When Mountain Valley plays together as a team, things work out and it did in a girls' basketball game at Puiia Gymnasium.
Ayla Allen scored a game-high 21 points and the Lady Falcons pulled ahead by double digits on two occasions in the middle quarters before coming out with a 52-31 with against Mount Abram.
A pair of runs, including 10-3 in the second quarter, produced a 19-9 lead and MV never looked back. McKenzie Paterson and Chrissy Briggs (10 points, five rebounds) each scored two baskets, while Lindsay Gallant made a driving lay-up. The Falcons led 19-9 at haltime.
“Our offense was better,” said Briggs. “The Iowa play and overload was working, the shooting (shots made) can improve, but we need to be offensive minded.’’
Class B Mountain Valley, who had beat Carrabec two days earlier, exercised patience in front of the Roadrunners zone and led 26-13 with 4:23 left in the third quarter. Allen scored nine points and Briggs buried her second of two three pointers.
“The zone was tough at times,” said MV coach Rich Allen. “We had Ayla kick it out, plus we got some easy baskets on fast breaks. The girls worked hard.”
Mount Abram pulled within striking distance behind Mikayla Luce (16 points), who was eight of eight in free throws. But Allen was a force in the paint with nine rebounds, six steals and three blocked shots.
“Teams have been using zones against us,” said Allen. “We just need to learn how to play together as a team. We need to get the ball inside and score. We have not hit our stride as a team yet, so we can improve.”
“We need to shoot the ball and (recognize) the gaps so we can drive to the basket,” added Briggs.
The Falcons received some quality play by several players who came off the bench. Makayla White had six points and six rebounds), and Brooke Dolloff and Abby Day each made baskets.
MV trailed led early in the first quarter before it righted the ship. Allen scored six points and Briggs buried a trey for a 9-5 lead.
“Against the better teams you can’t afford to have breakdowns,” said Mount Abram coach Doug Lisherness.
Mountain Valley made nine of 11 free throws. The Roadrunners committed 28 turnovers.
“We need to work hard on defense,” said Allen. “We stepped up at times and we take pride in being able to shut teams down.”
Ayla Allen scored a game-high 21 points for the Lady Falcons. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
MaKenzie Paterson is closely guarded here by Colleen Shields of Mt. Abram. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
Chrissy Briggs had 10 points and five rebounds for Mtn. Valley in Thursday's win over Mt. Abram. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)