Spotting Up

Senior forward Kayla Thomas was named to the Quincy Tournament’s All-Star team, along with teammate Ari Silvia.

Three weeks ago, when the Falmouth High School girls’ basketball team was playing its first game of the season against Plymouth North, the Clippers had not had their entire roster together on the court to implement the new offense that head coach Bob Buscher had come up with for the new season. That night against the Eagles it showed that FHS did not quite have a complete grasp of how to utilize and employ its new style.

They lost that game by one point. Ever since, the Clippers (5-1) have been rolling, and they showed just how far they’ve come by downright dominating at the Quincy Holiday Tournament over the weekend, easily sweeping their way to the championship. FHS opened the tournamet by walloping Weymouth High, 57-38, in a game that was not nearly as close as the final score. FHS led 50-20 at the end of three quarters before coach Buscher called off the dogs. In the championship game, against Silver Lake, Falmouth continued dropping the hammer on its opponents, lambasting the Lakers by a 60-27 score.

Kayla Thomas and Ariana Silvia were both named tournament all-stars. Thomas had 21 in the championship game with six 3-pointers, after collecting 18 in the first game—all in the first half. Silvia popped for 18 in the title game after scoring 11 in the first.

“We put in the new offense, which was going to take some time to get comfortable with, and we’d never played together as a team until the first game. Now, I feel like we’re starting to get it, and the shots are coming… right now Kayla is scary, Ari is scary. They’re feeling it,” Buscher said.

After watching Thomas knock down shots at will from beyond the arc in the first game of the tournament, and open the championship game by swishing a long jumper, the Silver Lake coach opted to play a box-and-one against the FHS sharpshooter out of the gate on Saturday, December 28. He wasn’t able to keep his team in that defense for long because it allowed for the other Clippers to get going as Lily Craft and Silvia did damage. Despite the specialty defense against her, Kayla Thomas still did her thing, hitting for 12 points in the quarter, as Falmouth led by double figures by the end of the quarter. At halftime the lead was 20 points, 33-13.

“Kayla hit that shot off the first tip and then they went to the box, but she scored on that, and they called time out and went to zone, and that didn’t work and then finally they played man,” Buscher said. “Kayla was 6-for-8 to start the game. She was on fire, and we’re moving the ball better. It’s clicking nicely.”

While Thomas was flummoxing the Lakers, Silvia was just as deadly for Falmouth. After just two first-quarter free throws, the junior lit it up in the second quarter, canning three treys. Craft was also a problem for the Lakers, scoring nine points. Emily Nelson had five in the game.

Since that loss on night one, Falmouth has won every game since by at least 15 points. Next up were those same Eagles who won a 40-39 game on December 13. Falmouth visits North Friday, January 3 {span}, {/span}looking to get a taste of revenge and keep their winning streak alive.

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