Souhegan goes to 3-0 with win over HB

AMHERST – With a flick of the wrist, Jaime King brought a roar out of her the Souhegan High School girls basketball crowd and a permanent change in momentum when her team was in need of it.

Souhegan ran away from Hollis Brookline 42-27 in Division II competition on Friday night after overcoming an early deficit.

The Sabers (3-0) struggled to establish an offensive rhythm while the Cavaliers jumped out to an 11-2 advantage with some sharp shooting from beyond the arc. Bri Hackett nailed two 3-pointers and Michaela Dowling added another.

“It was an interesting game of runs,” Souhegan coach Mike Heaney said. “I was really frustrated with how we came out early, we weren’t closing out on shots.”

The Sabers came roaring back with a 21-point streak that put them out front for good. King gave her team a 15-11 lead with a field goal followed by a 3-pointer late in the opening quarter that permanently changed the tone of the game.

“We realized that playing amped up was not going to help, so we had to calm ourselves down,” King said.

“We just went halfcourt man-to-man and said stop the girl in front of you, play good help side defense and let’s get back in this game and we did that,” Heaney said.

The Cavas (0-2) came back in the second half to mount a 14-5 run on the Sabers, which closed the gap to 34-27, but that was a close as it would get.

“We just got beat on both ends of the court,” said Hollis Brookline coach Bob Murphy. “The press looked like it was working, our kids were taking the ball to the
basket and then it just kind of stopped.”

The Cavs had just three different scorers and three field goals from within the arch. Hackett put up 12 points with three 3-pointers, Dowling had eight points with two 3-pointers and Cassandra Stapelfeld accounted for seven points, including a 3-pointer.

“You have to have a good balance of inside and outside game and we didn’t have much of that at all,” Murphy said.

The Sabers spread the ball around comfortably on the game. Cammi Formby-Lavertu racked up 13 points, King accounted for 10 while Mickenzie Larivee had eight and Morgan Brady had three.

The Sabers will attempt to keep their momentum rolling in the Nashua Holiday Tournament before they travel to Lebanon (1-1) on Jan 3.

“At the end of the game, we’ve got to get tougher,” Heaney said. “There were some moments that we played really tough, but they were only tough minutes rater than a tough game. We’ve got to get tougher mentally and physically.”

The Cavs’ next opportunity for their season’s first division win will come at Pelham (0-3) on Jan 3.

“We need to work on both ends of the court,” said Murphy. “I’ve got a bunch of kids who have never played together as one unit.”