Teagan Takes It

Falmouth forward Teagan Lind helped charge the Falmouth High School girls’ by Nantucket at home on Tuesday night.

It was obvious that the Falmouth High School girls’ basketball team was raring to go from the start against Nantucket High School on Tuesday night, January 11. It just took the team a little while to get its results to match its effort.

With a strong close to the game Falmouth rolled to a 57-26 home win.

FHS shot poorly in the first half, particularly in the second quarter, and allowed the Whalers to hang around in the game until the second half. FHS led by just seven at the intermission after having an early 13-point lead whittled down to just five points late in the second. Just before halftime, though, Teagan Lind put the ball on the floor and scored off of a gorgeous move to the basket that put the team up seven at the break and the team picked things up from there.

The game turned for good in the third quarter as Falmouth’s defense ramped it up a bit, and that fed the offense. The Clippers D allowed just a single field goal in the third quarter on a late three-pointer. FHS began to turn the Whalers over time and again, which allowed the team to get out and run and score easy buckets. Lind, who was held to four in the first half, had six in the third quarter on her way to a 12-point night. Tish Blackwood, who also had just four first-half points, collected another six in the period as FHS outscored its visitors 17-3 to blow the game wide open.

“They made shots (in the second quarter) and we didn’t make shots, so they hung around. It’s hard at times when you have good energy, but you don’t make shots, it kind of deflates you a little bit; that happened for a little while,” co-Head Coach Todd Oliveira said. “But, in the second half we hit some shots that matched our energy from the beginning of the game and it just went from there.”

Oliveira said that the return of Lind to the lineup, who was playing in just her second game of the year after suffering an ankle injury in the final practice of the preseason, has helped the team to open things up and find more rhythm offensively.

“It’s nice for her to start getting back, she’s starting to feel better,” Oliveira said. “It was nice that other kids who don’t usually stepped up and made contributions. Anna Fernandez gave us some really good minutes. Some kids play better against zone, some play better against man, and Rachelle (Andrade) shot the ball really well.”

Andrade connected on three 3s in the game as the FHS perimeter shooting took a step forward. Hailey Lynch canned two from distance while Elizabeth Janes, Emma Meehan, Anna Fernandez and Abby Fernandez all made some solid contributions as well. “The ball moved well (in the second half) and we got the shots that we wanted,” Oliveira said.

Next up for the girls is a road trip to Dennis-Yarmouth High School on Tuesday, January 18. The Lady Dolphins have gotten off to a strong start to the season, winning all of their games thus far with a balanced attack.

D-Y has not played the most difficult schedule to date, but the Lady Dolphins have been blowing the teams that they are playing away. The team has an average margin of victory of 28 points per game during its 4-0 start to the season. The Clippers are currently 4-2 overall. The teams have played two common opponents, and each won their games versus Nantucket and Monomoy. D-Y won those games by 29 and 27 points, respectively, while the Clippers won by 31 and 11.

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