This one of those games where the final score makes it closer than it really was. Portsmouth was up 36-15 late in the 3rd quarter. They sat their starters for virtually the entire 4th quarter, while Hanover had their starters in most of the 4th quarter and their 2 best players (Asie Makarova and Kate Gautier) played virtually the entire game. As a result the Marauders were able to cut into the lead and make the final score more respectable, as Portsmouth won 43-32 in Division II girls basketball on Monday night in Portmsouth.
"I always tell my team to never give up" said Hanover head coach Dan O'Rourke. "We play to the final buzzer sounds, whether we're up 10 or down 10."
Still, this was a game dominated by Portsmouth. The Clippers have a very tough starting 5, with Markey Flewelling (6 points), Faith Jenkins (8 points), Devon Parker (9 points), Maddie Nossiff (8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks) and Phoebe Collins (2 points and 6 assists). While it wasn't their most explosive game offensively, Portsmouth played great defense, controlled the boards, and held Hanover to just 9 points in the entire 1st half.
"Defensively we were strong all night" said Portsmouth head coach Dan Parr. "We had too many turnovers on offense, though. Still, we are getting better every day. Our goal is a top 4 seed."
Portsmouth is now 12-3 on the season, and they have been playing without starting wing Christina Jones who has been out with a shoulder injury. Hanover was also playing this game shorthanded, as freshman guard JJ Daniell has been out for 3 weeks now with a concussion.