Saturday, March 12, 2011

Souhegan Girls Come Back, Win D-II Title

Man, what a game this was! It is really too bad that someone had to lose this game. I honestly believe that both Souhegan and Lebanon played like champions today. Unfortunately only 1 team could win the title though. That team was the Souhegan High girls basketball team.

They trailed 18-3 just a few minutes into the game. But led by junior point guard Jane White they were able to come back and win it 47-44 to complete an undefeated 22-0 season in head coach Jeremy Faulkner's first year as coach.

A heartbreaking loss for a talented Lebanon team that played their hearts out all game. And for Souhegan, they didn't give up when they were down by 15 points. They slowly got back in the game and won it. White played an AMAZING game, hitting a buzzer-beater from just inside half court in the 2nd quarter and then also draining the game-winning three-pointer.

Scheie and Morton Dominate Early
After a three by Jane White to open the game Lebanon then went on an 18-0 run. Most of that run was the 'Trina Scheie Show.' Souhegan had no answer for Scheie down low, as she was scoring and rebounding the basketball at will. After getting 24 points and 21 rebounds in the semi-finals vs. Kennett, Scheie notched 21 points and 18 rebounds in this game. Did I mention she's only a sophomore?

Then Moriah Morton started to take over for Lebanon. She had back-to-back plays where she stole the basketball from Souhegan, went coast-to-coast with it and laid it in. Then right after that she took a charge on defense. Oh yeah, and she's only a sophomore too. The future continues to be bright for Lebanon girls basketball. In addition to Scheie and Morton, you also have Emily Kehoe and Taylor Friedman for the best sophomore class in the state.

Souhegan then started to slowly come back. Christan Wojtas (13 points) made a couple of big plays. She hit a three and also an and-1 finish inside which both cut into the lead. And White also began to put on a show. She hit 2 shots that everyone in that gym will remember for a long time, and that Lebanon fans will have nightmares about. She hit a shot from just inside half court in the 2nd quarter at the buzzer. Then with about 30 seconds left she hit what turned out to be the game-winning three-pointer. White finished with 28 points and 6 steals.

In the 2nd half, not only did White take over the game, but Souhegan also started to do a better job defensively and on the boards against Scheie.

"We definitely slowed her down a little bit in the 2nd half" said Coach Faulkner. "She's a great player though. I can't vote for my own players for Player of the Year, so Trina would get my vote."

Another factor that hurt Lebanon as the game wore on was their shooting. The Raiders were 0/12 from beyond the arc in this game. If even just 2 or 3 of those shots fall, we would have a different champion.

"Our shooters just didn't shoot as well as they normally do in this game" lamented Lebanon head coach Tim Kehoe, who has won over 400 games in his career.

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