October 5, 2022

Girls Basketball Update: In a ‘Crazy’ Week, Girls Grab Two Wins, Take One Tough Loss, Play Again Tonight

Wildcat Sophomore Ava Roth (#1) defended strongly throughout the game against Westbrook. All photos by Andrea Fenton.

OLD LYME — In what veteran Old Lyme Basketball Coach Don Bugbee described as “crazy times,” the girls have played already three games this week and have yet another this evening, which is also Senior Night, against Hale-Ray. The Wildcats lost the first game by the slimmest of margins but won the next two convincingly.

Senior Megan Loflin readies herself to receive a pass during the game against Valley.

On Monday, Feb 7, the girls played away at Valley Regional High School and after an extraordinary effort, were defeated 39-37. Senior Megan Loflin scored 15 points and took nine rebounds, while Freshman Kate Walsh notched eight points. Junior Alexis Fenton added seven points.

Senior Ali Kyle (#21) makes a lay-up in the game against Valley.

Bugbee commented after the game, “The girls played extremely hard throughout the game and gave a very good Valley Regional Team [Valley has a 13-2 record]  all they could handle.”

Junior Alexis Fenton (left) leaps to block a ball in the game against Valley.

On Tuesday, Feb 8, Old Lyme defeated Westbrook away by a score of 40-27. Junior Alexis Fenton led the scoring with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals. Senior Megan Loflin added 11 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Ali Kyle contributed eight points and four steals.

Bugbee said, “We started slow and were down at the half 19-16. Better point production and improved team defense in the second half were the differences in securing the win. The girls outscored Westbrook 24-8 in the second half.”

Junior Alexis Fenton moves toward the goal in the game against Westbrook.

Wednesday, Feb 9, saw the girls travel to Hale Ray where they crushed the opposition 53-32. Senior Megan Loflin scored a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Junior Alexis Fenton added 11 points. Sophomore Ava Roth contributed eight points and made four steals.

Senior Melanie Warren takes the ball into shooting range past the Hale-Ray defenders.

Bugbee noted, “We had the opportunity to play 10 kids in this Varsity game. That was beneficial to us because the younger kids could gain some Varsity experience. At the same time, we could experiment with some different line-ups in case they’re needed during the upcoming Tournaments.”

In the JV game against Hale Ray, which Old Lyme won 28-27 Freshman Kelly Sheehan protects the ball aided by her team’s strong defense.

In the JV game against Hale Ray, Old Lyme won 28-27 with Freshman Kelly Sheehan leading the scoring with 8 points. Sophomore Ella Curtiss-Reardon scored 6 points, including the basket that put Old Lyme ahead 28-27 with 9 seconds remaining in the game.

Old Lyme’s record is now 10-7.