Arlington girls rout Poultney

ARLINGTON - The Arlington girls basketball team took control of Monday night's against Poultney High School early and never looked back as they cruised to a 52-21 victory - their first of the season.

Arlington head coach Larry Andrews said the Eagles (1-4) had been playing well over the last few games - which were decided by two to four points - but were unable to come away with the win.

"We didn't have a lot to show for it," he said of the team's good play over the last few games. "[But] we got that first win. A win's a win and hopefully we can start stringing something together."

Sophomore guard Molly Elwell led the team in scoring for the second game in a row pouring in 16 points.

Elwell went 4-7 from three point land grabbed three boards and also got it done on the defensive end coming up with two steals. Guard Brooke Hawley was the team's second leading scorer with 10 points.

Senior Captain Rayleen Sherman had nine points, eight rebounds and three steals while sophomore forward Julia Lacoste contributed eight points, grabbed eight boards and had two steals.

"It was a good win," said Andrews. "I think the difference was our pressure on them. They're a little young and we put some good pressure on the ball early. Jumped out 19 points in the first quarter. That defensive pressure turned into some easy offensive baskets for us."

In gaining an early lead over Poultney (0-7), Andrews said he was able to change his game plan and try some things that they ordinarily wouldn't. In addition, Andrews said he was able to give some members of team who don't get a lot of playing time and members of the junior varsity squad some minutes. Freshmen Shelby Baker and Avery Bucchieri and senior Becca Bushee saw more playing time in Monday night's game, which Andrews felt could be beneficial.

"Those girls just need to get some confidence at that level," he said.

Bushee, Bucchieri, and sophomore guard Becca Solari each had two points and Baker had one point.

The Eagles next two games will be against Mount St. Joseph's Academy (3-2). In order to win, Andrews said there a couple of things his team will have to do.

"They got two big girls. Keep the big girls off the boards and put the pressure to them. See if they can handle our pressure," Andrews said. "If we can sustain good full court pressure that's going to keep us in the game so we can once again turn that defense into offense."

The first matchup will take place at MSJ on Friday, Jan. 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The second meeting between the two will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Arlington Memorial High School beginning at 6 p.m.


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