Cambridge drops Muskies in opener

Cambridge drops Muskies in opener

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Cambridge drops Muskies in opener

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The dual threat of Hallie Stocker and Mallory Taylor delivered visiting Cambridge to a 53-42 nonleague girls basketball victory Friday against host John Glenn.

Taylor had 22 points, and Stocker finished with 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bobcats.

The loss provided the Muskies a measurement of where the team is at and glimpses of what their offense can become.

“I was happy with how we pushed the tempo, but we missed too many shots we should have converted,” John Glenn coach Brain Fulks said.

The Muskies sputtered early as Cambridge jumped out to an 11-3 lead midway through the first quarter.

Much of the Bobcats’ defensive success was because they limited John Glenn’s ability to be aggressive.

“After we switched from our 2-3 zone into a man-to-man defense, we were able to take away their ability to attack the rim,” Cambridge coach Dan Linscott said.

After surviving on free throws, Brittany Fraunfelter ignited John Glenn’s low-post attack, finding Haley Crawford for an easy layup. On the Muskies’ next possession, Crawford slashed through the line for another layup to bring John Glenn to 11-7.

Moriah Carson continued the momentum by finding an open Lauren Dolick on the wing for a 3-pointer that pulled the Muskies to 11-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Carson continued to carry the Muskies’ scoring attack, hitting two long distance jumpers and finding Natalie Wahl for a 3. But the Bobcats converted 14-of-17 free throws in the first half to take a 30-25 lead into halftime.

Cambridge opened the second half with a 3 from Stocker that pushed the Bobcats’ lead to eight. But Carson’s hot touch from behind the arc continued as she answered back with a 3 of her own to cut the deficit to 33-28.

After a three-point play from Mallory Taylor pushed the Bobcats ahead by three later in the third, Carson hit her fourth 3 of the game to keep John Glenn’s hopes alive entering the fourth.

Cambridge slowly pulled away in the fourth before Fraunfelter found Dolick to bring the Muskies within 46-38. But the Bobcats ice the game with a back door cut by Taylor and several free throws in the final minutes.

Carson led the Muskies with 17 points and four assists. Dolick chipped in nine points and Crawford added six points and six rebounds.

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