WLC girls drop all three tourney games

The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball team finished with an 0-3 record in the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College, but that does not mean the Warriors did not take some steps forward.

The Warriors were without two starters throughout the tournament. Senior Deanna Davidson was unavailable and senior Casey Jenkerson sprained her ankle in practice the night before it began. But even with the lineup adjustments, all three games were decided by 10 points or fewer.

“I was real happy,” said coach Dennis Claire. “We were shorthanded, but overall we played pretty tough.”

WLC kicked off the tournament with its first game against Hinsdale. The two teams had already squared off in the third game of the regular season and it ended in a 27-point defeat for the Warriors. But that was not the case in the rematch. WLC battled back from a 15-point second half deficit only to fall 42-39.

It didn’t get any easier for Claire on day two as the veteran WLC coach was down to just two starters and six overall players for the contest with Division III Newport. Despite the setbacks, the Warriors were in the game until the very end before losing 45-40.

“We definitely could have won that game if we were full strength,” said Claire.

Junior Sami Bosquet finished with a team-high 12 points and freshman Ally Schwab scored 10.

In the tournament finale on Saturday against D-II ConVal, WLC was down just 22-21 at the half, but saw the deficit grow to 11 after the third and never recovered in a 52-42 loss. Schwab led the way with 12, followed by senior Andrea Heck’s eight and sophomore Jenna Bragdon with seven.

WLC was 3-2 in the regular season prior to the tournament and the Warriors return to action on Jan. 2 at Pittsfield.

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