BRISTOL - With junior starting forward Meredith Forman sidelined for the season due to injury, the Bristol Eastern girls basketball team was looking for a spark in the midst of a three-game losing streak.
Hosting Enfield, a team with an 8-1 record coming into the game, the Lancers may have ignited one.
With a 61-55 win over the Eagles, Bristol Eastern got its first win without Forman and the group is looking to build off of it moving forward.
Both senior guard Hannah Maghini and sophomore forward Jordan Ouellette have provided big minutes for the Lancers, combining for 42 of the 61 points on Thursday.
While Maghini was expected to put up numbers for Bristol Eastern, Ouellette has provided the team with another scoring option and is still growing as a young player.
“I thought this was one of the games where they really stuck together,” Bristol Eastern head coach Tony Floyd said. “They picked it up. Hannah and Jordan did a really good job in that third quarter and really ran the offense well and made opportunities for other people to score. I was pleased how they did out there.”
While Maghini and Ouellette led the charge offensively for most of the game, Cheyenne Sargent, Avery Arbuckle and Sage Scarritt may have played the most important role - tasked with defending Enfield’s Mary Baskerville, a Division I commit.
“Between Avery, Sage and Sargent, they’ve surprised me,” Floyd said. “They got the rebound when we needed it and I was very pleased the way they all played together.
“They’re starting to believe in themselves. We’ve been losing close games, so it’s a nice win for them when they’ve been trying to hold onto the games and haven’t been able to hold onto the games.
“I’m very pleased with how they settled down and executed at the end. They really did a good job in the final five minutes.”
The three all saw playing time along with Karly Martin and helped out in the paint, where Baskerville thrives.
Baskerville struggled mightily throughout most of the game, taking off-balance shots and being outworked to loose balls by Lancers players that swarmed.
While Baskerville finished with 25 points, 12 came in the fourth quarter, playing catch-up, and it wasn’t enough.
The overall production in different facets of the game bodes well for Bristol Eastern moving forward.
“It feels really good,” Maghini said.
“I’m proud of my entire team. Everybody off the bench and starters did amazing. We work really hard in practice, so I’m happy to see it on the court and come out with a win.”
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