After several hold-ups, Shipbuilders finally open their season.

Renne Hicks of Morse, left, fires a pass as Grace Houghton of Lincoln Academy protects throughout a girls basketball video game Thursday night at Bath Intermediate school. Eli Canfield/The Times Record

BATH– After several scheduling modifications and more than a week of a break in action, the Morse ladies basketball group finally enjoyed a season opener, falling 38-33 to Lincoln Academy on Thursday night at the middle school.

The Shipbuilders showed indications of enhancement after going winless throughout the previous two seasons.

” We’re still really young and didn’t get to work together over the summer season, so we’re still type of selecting things up as we go,” said Shipbuilders head coach Jeannine Paradis, who is in her second year at the helm. “There were a great deal of things that we had the ability to do tonight that are currently far better than in 2015.”

Paradis chose to choose shorter shifts for her gamers, and subbed five gamers in at a time in the very first quarter. Paradis stated she had a couple factors for the choice.

” With our bench being strong and filled with depth, it provides everybody an opportunity to play and get utilized to contending with masks on,” stated Paradis. “Finding good combinations of players in between our younger and more experienced gamers is another thing we are searching for early as we advance.”

With the building and construction of a new high school yet to be finished, the basketball teams will call Bath Intermediate school house this season. For lots of players, that implies some professions are coming cycle.

” It suggests whatever, this gym is where I’ve invested my profession and really seems like house,” said senior forward Abby Carpenter, who tied a team-high with seven points.

Mary LaRochelle of Morse, right, looks to pass past the arms of Maddy York of Lincoln Academy throughout a women basketball game Thursday night at Bath Intermediate school. Eli Canfield/The Times Record

The Shipbuilders were outscored 8-2 in the final quarter, that made the distinction.

Both teams came out a little bit rusty in the first quarter, resulting in numerous turnovers on both sides. The teams combined for only four overall field goals early on and the Eagles led 7-5 after the first.

” We were absolutely rusty on the offensive end when we initially came out, however I was really delighted with our border defense and hustle this evening, particularly in the first half,” added Paradis.

When the second quarter showed up, both teams awakened on offense, leading to a back-and-forth battle. Mary LaRochelle scored all 7 of her points in the quarter, but Lincoln Academy took a 20-18 lead into the break.

” I told them to get more aggressive in the 2nd half, we weren’t getting to the basket enough in the first,” said Paradis.

In the 3rd, Lincoln Academy standout forward Lizzie Ober made her presence felt, dropping four of her 11 points and came up huge on the defensive end, altering a number of shots.

The Shipbuilders did all they could on defense to remain within striking range in the 4th, but couldn’t find their shot on the offending end.

Morse’s Julia Goddard sets up a shot during a game Thursday against Lincoln Academy at Bath Middle School. Eli Canfield/The Times Record

” We just got cold, there’s not much we can do about it,” stated Paradis. “We played a great video game and we will be better tomorrow.”

LaRochelle and Carpenter each had 7 points to lead the Shipbuilders. Kaylee Creamer, Danielle Bryant and Giorgia Fisher each added 4.

Ober paced the Eagles with her 11 point trip. Grace Houghton included 7, and Reegan Duncan had 6.

” We truly weren’t sure if we were going to get to this point,” said Carpenter. “Win or lose does not truly matter, the whole group was simply pleased and relieved to be back out here together facing somebody aside from ourselves.”

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