GROVETON -- Once again, the Groveton girls proved themselves to be escape artists extraordinaire on the hard courts. Trailing the determined Spartans by as much as 12 points as late as the third quarter, the Groveton girls staged a comeback that turned into a win, 45-43 on Wednesday night.
Danielle Fogg was the spark that ignited the Eagles and the Spartans couldn#039;t solve the pressure puzzle that Groveton brought out in the fourth quarter.
quot;We changed our defense and tried to get someone besides Sarah Bailey or Lindsey Colby to handle the ball,quot; explained coach Gary Jenness. quot;There were a couple of big plays where they threw the ball away. The big difference was they didn#039;t run with us in the second half.quot;
A six-point run to end the third halved the 30-18 deficit, but still left the Eagles down six into the finale. Stacey Tetreault nailed a pair of free throws and dropped in a two. Lindsey Paradis swiped the ball for her. Allison Hickey decided to drive to the basket and collected three points. Kristy Collins after a key steal made a mad dash for the hoop and churned up two foul shots that gave Groveton the lead, 35-34. White Mountains didn#039;t quit. Beth Hamel and Bailey dropped in two quick ones.
quot;We had them, all we had to do was take care of the ball,quot; said Spartan coach Bob Whitcomb.
Enter Danielle Fogg and she was loose. Fogg made a 10-footer. Hickey launched the only triple of the game to regain the lead, 40-39. Allie Knapp canned two free throws before she left with her limit of fouls and both Labonville and Hamel staved off damage with blocked shots.
Fogg came through though with three free throws within eight seconds and Tetreault netted the eventual winner on the line. Groveton ended with 16-of-32 on the line and White Mountains 11-of-17.
quot;We did nothing but beat ourselves,quot; lamented Whitcomb. quot;We stopped doing in the fourth quarter what got us that 10-point lead. We have to take care of the ball and we had maybe eight turnovers in that last quarter that they turned into points. We did a lot of good things to get the lead.quot;
Both had key people missing with injuries. For Groveton, it was their big girl, Monique Brassard. For White Mountains, it was the little ballhawk, Jessi Day. To make matters worse for the Eagles, Kristy Collins went down two minutes in and did not return until the second quarter.
White Mountains suffered more for a wrong number in the book and were hit with a five-point turnaround. Steph Paquette made three of the foul shots and Hickey scored off the possession.
A buzzer-beating layup and foul shot from Bailey kept the Spartans within a basket after eight minutes. Hamel with 10 points total capped the first half with a put-back.
The Spartan lead was 23-16 at break and three minutes later on another 3-point play from Bailey stretched the hold to 12 (30-18) before Groveton went on a 10-point comeback run.
quot;We needed somebody to step up in the first half and I tried different combinations, but nobody did. We got some easy layups in the third, but we gave some back and only gained a point, said Jennessquot;
When Groveton seemed to be bound and gagged, they escaped from the the clutches of the White Mountains girls. Both Knapp and Bailey ended with 13 points each and Hickey was the only Eagle in double figures with 14 points.
The Groveton JV girls stayed ahead of White Mountains, 44-37 with 11 points from Melissa Riley, while Kati Burt supplied 10 for the Spartans in the pre-lim.
White Mountains is at Mascoma Friday and Groveton hosts Pittsfield at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon.
White Mountains 43
Kenyon 1-1-3; Labonville 0-1-1; Comeau 0-0-0; Bailey 4-5-13; Covell 0-1-1; Knapp 5-3-13; Hamel 5-0-10; Colby 1-0-2. Totals 16-11-43
Paradis 0-0-0; Tetreault 3-3-9; Hickey 6-1-14; Collins 2-4-8; Connary 0-0-0; Landry 0-0-0; Fogg 1-3-5; Paquette 1-3-5; Kennett 0-0-0; Woodward 1-2-4; Bailey 0-0-0. Totals 14-16-45
White Mountains 8 14 9 11 - 43
Groveton 11 5 10 19 - 45
3-pointers: Groveton - Hickey
Fouled Out: WMR - Knapp
Records: White Mountains 2-1; Groveton 2-0