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Girls basketball

WLC falls again to rival Sunapee Lakers

  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.
  • The WLC girls basketball lost to Sunapee 57-36 on Tuesday night.

In the first game of the season, the scrappy Warriors traveled to Sunapee, only to fall behind quickly and never recover, the merciless Lakers crowd hounding them all the way down to the buzzer in the 62-33 loss.
The Warriors have come a long way from that season opener, though; coming into Tuesday night, WLC had won six of their last eight, with the only two losses coming at the hands of Hinsdale and Pittsfield, two of the best teams in DIV. It’s hard to imagine a better chance for WLC to take down their rivals than when the Lakers made the trip down to Wilton for Tuesday night’s rematch.
WLC’s game plan worked to perfection early; with their signature defensive pressure getting deflections in passing lanes (soph Ally Schwab had three steals in the first quarter alone), the Warriors trailed by only one after one. The Lakers made a mini run in the second quarter to take a 23-15 lead into the half, leaving the Warriors in far better position than their first meeting, where they trailed 34-9 at the break.
In the second half, it seemed that everything the Warriors did resulted in either a jump ball or a foul, and WLC players were left strewn about the floor due to the physical play. WLC forward Kelsey Randlett found herself in the middle of many scrums, leaving her battered and frustrated, but not broken.
“You’ve just got to play through it,” Randlett said. “There’s nothing else you can do but play hard.”
WLC coach Denny Claire was pleased with Randlett’s tough play. “Kelsey played great tonight,” Claire said. “This was her best game by far.”
Randlett finished with nine points and 11 rebounds and did well against the sizable Laker frontcourt. But Sunapee’s outside shooting and too many WLC turnovers did in the Warriors, and Sunapee came out on top yet again, 57-36.
“It didn’t seem to me like they beat us by that much,” Claire said. “They can just shoot better than us. They kind of broke our press a little bit. I think we’re playing pretty good overall for what we’ve got, and I think we’re improving.”
Schwab finished with 11 to lead the Warriors, and Sami Bosquet chipped in eight of her own.
The Warriors (6-7) host Newmarket (6-6) on Friday night.
“We already beat them once,” Claire said, “but it’s going to be a tough one here. They’re a lot like us; they play hard.”
And as the season winds down and the Warriors look ahead to the playoffs, a rematch with Sunapee seems inevitable if WLC is going to go deep.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Randlett said.

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