Down by 14 points in the first half, Falmouth Head Coach Bob Buscher called timeout and read his team the riot act. The Clippers were not running their offense well, and seemed to be going through the motions a little too much.
“We had nothing going on, we had no energy,” Buscher said. “We weren’t scoring, we weren’t moving the basketball.”
Sometimes a team needs a good old fashioned verbal kick in the pants.
The Falmouth girls rallied back from a 14-point second quarter deficit to score a signature win on Tuesday night at home, beating Barnstable by a 50-40 score. The Clippers are now 12-5 overall after the win.
There were several standouts in the win for the Clippers, but right at the top of that list are three players that don’t usually have big roles for FHS. Playing against Barnstable, Coach Buscher planned on playing a box-and-one defense against the Red Raiders, with the focus on Molly Bent, who led the state in scoring with 28 points per game coming into the contest. The last time that Falmouth played against BHS and Bent, it was Alexa Johnson’s job to limit the super quick guard from winning the game for her team. Johnson was great, holding Bent to 20, but she injured her ankle in the previous game and is out of commission for a while.
Without Johnson to rely on, the Clippers had to go with Plan B, which was a group of defenders to throw at Bent in the box-and-one. Ally Reyenger, Hannah Carl and Nicky Gonsalves drew the assignment, and the troika held up well. Bent was still good, scoring more than half of her team’s points with 22 in the game, but she didn’t explode. Carl, a freshman who was called up from the JV team for the game, and Reyenger did the bulk of the defense on Bent in the second half and they were key as Bent had just one field goal in the second half. She was held to just three in the game, scoring 14 points from the free-throw line.
“Hannah played really well defensively... Ally gave us some good minutes at crunch time. Together they did a a really good job on Bent,” Buscher said.
While keeping Bent in check was taken care of on one end of the court, scoring points on the other end was another issue altogether. The Clippers were flat early in the game, but came up huge in the third quarter. Their ascension began in the second quarter. During the key timeout, Buscher challenged his team to cut the deficit in half by the intermission. They did better than that, turning a 24-10 Barnstable lead into a 25-19 halftime score.
FHS went on to dominate the third quarter, taking over the game in the process. Behind big quarters from Grace Geary and Taylor Miller, Falmouth pulled ahead to stay. Miller had 10 of her 15 points in the third. She also grabbed nine rebounds in the game.
That Geary gave Falmouth anything in the game was noteworthy to begin with. The all-star junior guard was feeling the effects of a flu bug and was quite ill during halftime. Despite that, she scored six points in the third and had another superb outing, scoring 17 points with nine rebounds, eight assists and six steals.
Falmouth led 37-29 heading to the fourth and Barnstable never got closer than six the rest of the way.