By Brody Ashley / firstname.lastname@example.orgJan 10, 2019
On Thursday night, the Noble High School girls made enough of both to shock Marshwood on their home floor, 51-47, winning the Class AA vs. Class A battle.
With only 2:51 left in the game and the Hawks (7-3) trailing 44-37, Mikayla Manderville and Nathalie Clavette buried back-to-back 3s to cut the deficit to one. The teams then went scoreless for over a minute until an Amy Fleming layup put the Knights (5-4) ahead 46-43 with 1:30 remaining.
Marshwood was unable to execute on their next possession and they were forced to foul Olivia Howard (10 points). The freshman hit both shots at the line to push the Noble lead to five. However, the Hawks responded at the other end with a Natalie Herbold layup to make the score 48-45.
The Class AA Noble High School girls basketball team defeated Class A Marshwood, 51-47, on Thursday, Jan. 10, in South Berwick, Maine. The Knights improved to 5-4.
After a Marshwood timeout, Noble broke the pressure and forced the Hawks to foul again, sending Lexi Morrill to the line. She hit 1 of 2 and Marshwood then had a huge turnover on offense to give the Knights the ball back, up four, with 23.9 seconds left.
Just when the game looked to be out of reach, Herbold came up with a huge steal-and-score with 12.5 seconds left to bring the score to 49-47. Marshwood then let the clock tick down to 3.8 seconds before finally fouling Howard to send her back to the line. She calmly stepped up and drained both free throws to ice the game, and Noble escaped with a huge win.
“Marshwood’s obviously a great team and they were going to have their runs,” Noble coach Matt Reid said. “Our goal was to withstand them and then get back into our groove as best we could. We came away with the win, but we also gained a lot of experience from this.”
The Knights led 23-17 at the half, but Marshwood fought back in the third quarter to tie the game at 33 going into the final frame. The Hawks seemed to have the momentum going into the fourth, but instead it was Noble that took control. The visitors scored eight straight to start the quarter, with six coming from Raegan Kelly.
“We knew that if we could fight hard and not worry about who we were going up against, we would have a chance in the end,” Kelly said. “We work really hard on those type of situations in practice and it paid off today. It’s great to beat a team like Marshwood.”
Marshwood slowly clawed back to make it a game at the end, but it came down to not making enough shots for the home team.
“We had a lot of good opportunities around the basket that we couldn’t make and missed some critical free throws,” Marshwood coach Steve Freeman said. “They killed us on the offensive glass. We couldn’t seem to get a rebound when we needed it. I just think we overlooked them a little and we have to understand that these types of teams aren’t going to just roll over for us.”
Free throws were a big part in helping Noble pull off the upset. The Knights were a solid 13 for 18 from the line and were led by Howard, who hit all six of her attempts in the fourth quarter.
“Our free throws were big tonight,” Reid said. “Olivia hitting those two at the end changed the whole dynamic. They’re such a good program and they are going to win a lot of games this year. Any time you can beat a team like that it’s good for the confidence.”
Kelly paced the Knights with 16 and Fleming tossed in 12 for the visitors.
Ten girls scored for the Hawks, but only Alexa McGee, with 12 points, reached double figures.
Both teams are back in action on Saturday, with Noble visiting Portland and Marshwood hosting York.
KNIGHTS 51, HAWKS 47
McGee 4-2-12, Thim 1-0-2, Barrett 3-0-6, Verrill 0-2-2, Bisson 2-0-5, Herbold 4-0-9, Richards 1-0-3, Beers 1-0-2, Manderville 1-0-3, Clavette 1-0-3, Anderson, Cusson. Totals: 18-4-47.
Kelly 6-3-16, Fleming 5-2-12, Howard 2-6-10, Exel 3-1-7, Morrill 1-1-4, Lessard 1-0-2, Kotsonis, Hamel. Totals: 18-13-51.
Marshwood 7 10 16 14–47
Noble 11 12 10 18–51
3-Point Goals–Marshwood 7 (McGee 2, Bisson, Herbold, Richards, Manderville, Clavette), Noble 2 (Kelly, Morrill).