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Mascenic girls down WLC 33-32 in wild finish

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 33-32 on Monday Jan. 7, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

WILTON — It was the kind of match-up both teams expected.

The Mascenic and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls basketball teams had already scrimmaged during the preseason and knew it would be close. Both programs like to play tough defense and grind it out on the offensive end. And that is exactly what they got in the first of two meetings on Monday night.

With the Warriors trailing Mascenic by one in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter, the Warriors were looking to pull off their second straight comeback in the final moments. But the Vikings had a chance to all but seal the victory with junior Cheyanne Sauvola heading to the free throw line with 8.1 seconds remaining.

Fortunately for the Warriors, Sauvola missed them both and senior Deanna Davidson grabbed the rebound. The ensuing play came together with near perfection. Davidson hit freshman Ally Schwab with an outlet pass along the sideline, who in turn made a perfect strike to a sprinting Jenna Bragdon at the opposite free throw line.

The only thing that didn’t go WLC’s way was that Bragdon’s lay-up rimmed out, allowing Mascenic to hold on for a 33-32 victory. Bragdon also missed a free throw with 9.7 left after making a lay-up to pull the Warriors to within one

“I missed my two fouls shots, but thankfully they didn’t get that lay-up in the end,” said Sauvola.

The loss summed up a tough night for the Warriors, who struggled rebounding and shooting for much of the game.

“If it went in I’d be happy, but it didn’t go in so I’m not happy,” said WLC coach Dennis Claire. “How many lay-ups did we miss at the end of the game? We must have had eight to 10 lay-ups from two feet away.”

It was the second win on the season for the Vikings, who until their Dec. 14 victory against Hillsboro-Deering had been mired in a 94-game losing streak that spanned parts of seven seasons. For WLC, it dropped them to 4-4 with two losses in its last three games.

“It boosts us up a lot,” said Sauvola. “We’ve been waiting to get that second win and we want to keep it going to get to playoffs.”

Mascenic led by as many as 11 in the third quarter and held an eight-point advantage with about six minutes to play in the fourth. The Vikings had really controlled the game up until that point, especially on defense, but just couldn’t find consistency on the offensive end.

“I don’t care if it’s by one or 40, a win is a win at our school,” said Mascenic coach Wiley Billings. “And tonight luck was on our side.”

But the Warriors finally got things going when Schwab converted a lay-up and Bragdon sank a pair of free throws. Yet Mascenic wasn’t about to let it slip away. Senior Erin Scollans responded with two big free throws, before WLC junior Sami Bosquet hit a runner to make it just a 32-28 Vikings’ lead. After four straight possessions and nothing to show for it, the Warriors went down by five when Mascenic senior Jocelyn Ojala hit one of two from the line with 1:27 left.

WLC sophomore Kelsey Randlett scored off an offensive rebound to make it 33-30 with under a minute to play, setting the stage for a wild finish.

“I knew it would be a close game, but I thought we could come back and beat them,” said Claire. “We still had the last chance. It was a great pass and we had the lay-up, it just went in and out.”

Mascenic built up a 10-6 edge after the first and led 20-15 at halftime, mostly due to a wide difference in rebounding thanks to Scollans’ 12 first half boards. The Vikings then really grabbed control in the third by scoring seven of the first eight points for a 27-16 lead.

“We played great defensively and Erin Scollans was a monster again on the boards,” said Billings. “It’s a work in progress. Defensively we’re a sound team, but offensively we struggle with attacking the basket.”

Ojala led all scorers with 11, while Sauvola, Scollans and Sarah Sharp each scored six. Schwab paced the Warriors with eight, followed by Randlett’s seven and Bosquet and Bragdon with six apiece.

Both teams were playing without a starter, as Mascenic was missing junior Elizabeth Martel and WLC is still without senior Casey Jenkerson.

The two teams play again at Mascenic on Jan. 29.

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