Bisson nails six trey's in Mills 50-29 win over Montville. Kolbe next.
BURLINGTON- So maybe it’s not such a good idea to doubt the skill level of the Lewis Mills girls basketball team.
Not this group; not this year.
While they may not feel tiger blood running through their veins, ala a certain Hollywood celebrity in the news, this team can play as tough as anybody who might doubt their resolve.
Responding to what they felt were unflattering and disrespectful remarks made by their opponents in newspaper articles leading up to this game, the Spartans disposed of the Indians by a 50-29 score behind the unconscious shooting of senior Nicole Bisson.
Bisson connected on six, count them, six trey’s from all over the court on a night she gave the referees a touch of tendinitis from continually signaling a three pointer.
“The fact that they (Montville) didn’t think we played in a very good league definitely motivated us,” Bisson, “We want to show everyone we belong.”
Head coach Dennis Fowler, never a fan of giving the opposition locker room material, was more than happy to show his team what others were thinking about his group and why he felt it was wrong.
“I don’t care if you are playing middle-school badminton,” Fowler said, “To have a 23-0 record at anything is something that needs to be respected.”
The Indians were a tough, physical team who had a terrific shooting guard in Stephanie Jones and tried their best to push the home team around early.
The Spartans (24-0, a new school record for wins) may smile and have a polite manner about them on most nights, but if an opponent needs to see a side that won‘t be pushed around, this group is happy to give it as well as take it.
As it has all year, the strength of the Spartans game starts with their defense and Friday night was no exception.
Montville was held under 10 points in three of the four quarters; Jones was held to just 10 points, well below her average.
On the offensive side, what could you say about Bisson but wow.
Two minutes into the game, she put the first points up on the board via a long, straight on three pointer.
Three minutes later, the second long ball would find home and the senior leader was in a zone.
“I just wanted to win so badly,” Bisson said, “I felt good shooting so I just kept it going.”
Her third trey of the opening quarter gave her team an 11-6 lead late in the quarter and was a sign of things to come.
On the defensive side of the court, Bisson also drew the coverage of Jones and harassed the senior all over the court.
Montville was clearly trying to keep the ball away from Mills standout, Amanda Adamski while going at her on the offensive side.
The strategy worked as Adamski picked up her second foul in the second quarter and spent much of the quarter on the bench.
The Indians had a 6’ plus freshman in Cassidy Bundy, who they put in off the bench with Adamski out, but a Mills frosh was more than up to the task.
Ninth grader, Teagan Dunn may not have showed up in the box score for scoring but if they gave out defensive points, the story would be different.
“It’s great when Teagan goes in and plays so well,” Adamski said, “It gives me a break and picks up the team.”
In that second quarter a three pointer by senior Katherine Bayne and the fourth of the half for Bisson stretched the lead out to 27-18 at the break.
Just for good measure, Bisson scored on a sweet reverse lay-up just before the half and had 14 after two quarters.
Jones started the third quarter with a long three of her own to bring the visitors back too within six at 27-21 but Bisson refused to let her team fall back and nailed a response from beyond the arch on the following possession.
The Spartans “D” clamped down the remainder of the quarter, allowing just two free throws as they built the lead up to 39-23 after three, assuring another home game in Burlington.
The Spartans will host last years Class M Champions, Kolbe Cathedral, on Thursday, March 10.
Think the Spartans will see any derogatory remarks in local papers over the next five days?
Fowler hopes so; it worked once.