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WLC girls basketball falls to Hinsdale

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The WLC girls basketball team takes on Hinsdale in Division IV action on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball team knew it was going to be a tough week.

After opening up the season with a hard fought road victory at Newmarket on Nov. 30, the Warriors returned home for a pair of pivotal Division IV match-ups. WLC dropped the first one, a 60-42 decision versus Sunapee on Wednesday, and then played host to Hinsdale on Friday.

The contest would be another early season benchmark to see just where the Warriors stand. The Pacers returned all five starters and have state title aspirations after falling two wins short in March.

“I told them that this week was a good test for them early in the year,” said coach Dennis Claire. “We’re playing two teams who were in the semifinals last year and they’ve got about the same teams back.”

But by the time Friday night’s game was over, WLC would rather forget what happened in the 54-27 loss than use it as an early season indicator. That’s because the Warriors just didn’t play well.

“This team is good and it’s probably one of the better games they’ve played against us, but we didn’t play well at all,” said Claire.

While it is still early, there are a number of things the team needs to work on. First and foremost it comes down to rebounding for this group. It was something they struggled with much of last year and did so mightily in Friday’s contest.

The Pacers got multiple shot attempts on almost every first half possession and really turned what could have been a close game into a double digit deficit. Hinsdale took 44 shots in the first half alone and scored just 34 points.

“Most of the time we were under the basket and they were behind us in the right position,” said Claire. “We’re going to spend a lot more time on it from here on out because it makes or breaks the game. That’s our No. 1 weakness right now.”

The defensive effort was solid, as the Warriors challenged shots all night, but the lack of rebounding made it hard to take advantage of it. And the full court press had little to no effect.

“It’s a thing we run everyday and it’s pretty effective,” said Claire. “But we didn’t have people in the right place.”

WLC trailed just 8-6 with three minutes remaining in the first, but saw the Pacers go on a 9-1 run to close out the quarter and trailed 17-7. The Warriors went down by as many as 13 less than a minute into the second, but they were not about to go away quietly.

Junior Sami Bosquet converted a three-point play. She added a floater in the lane on WLC’s next possession and sophomore Jenna Bragdon had a pair of buckets to pull WLC to within eight. Bosquet’s runner with 1:15 remaining made it a 26-18 game, but once again the Pacers closed out the quarter well, scoring the final eight points to put WLC down 34-18.

And the second half was not any better.

The Warriors scored just five third quarter points and none before freshman guard Ally Schwab converted one of two free throws with 2:01 left. WLC would score just nine total points in the second half and really struggled after Hinsdale tightened up its defense.

“Every team we play knows we can’t shoot from the outside,” said Claire. “In practice we don’t do too bad, but for whatever reason when we get in a game we can’t shoot.”

Hinsdale’s largest lead, 54-25, came in the closing minutes of the fourth.

Bosquet was the only WLC player in double figures with 11, as she scored seven of her points in the second quarter. Bragdon was second on the team with four points. The Pacers had two in double figures, led by junior Alison Scott’s 15 and Skylar Bonnette with 11.

WLC hosts Derryfield tonight.

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