The York High School girls basketball team increased its win streak to three games with a 39-34 win over Kennebunk on Friday in a Class A South contest.
Kennebunk entered the game near the top of the Heal point standings with a 7-1 record.
“This was the one we needed to try and get things turned around, we’ll see,” York head coach Steve Freeman said before Monday’s practice. “I just think we had a real good plan going in and the girls executed it to exactly what we wanted them to do. We knew what we had to do, and the girls did it; it’s nice when a plan falls into place.”
The major plan, according to Freeman, was keeping Kennebunk’s sophomore 6-footer Emily Archibald in check.
Archibald was held to 15 points, the lone Ram in double figures, scoring just four field goals and going 7 for 9 from the free throw line.
“We had to contain her, at least that’s what we felt,” Freeman said. “We felt the same way last year when we played them and it worked again this year.”
Alaina Schatzabel was next with six points for Kennebunk.
Junior Nina Howe’s game-high 14 points led York, while senior Jackie Tabora had 12 points, Kristen Leroux had eight, Hannah Gennaro four and Emily Rainforth one.
“It was a huge win for us just for the kids to feel positive about themselves,” Freeman said. “Hopefully, we can carry that forward.”
The schedule doesn’t get much easier for York as it was scheduled to face undefeated and Heal points leader Greely on Tuesday. Results were not available at press time. York will then host Fryeburg Academy (2-7) on Thursday at 6 p.m., before traveling to Marshwood (7-2) on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.
“Everybody will say that Greely is probably the best team in the state,” Freeman said. “This is a big week.”
York started the season with losses to Yarmouth (41-33), Gray-New Gloucester (54-20), Marshwood (58-43) and Lake Region (49-42). With its three-game win streak going into Greely, the Wildcats were in fifth place in the Heal points standings, trailing Greely, Brunswick (8-1), Kennebunk, Marshwood and Mt. Ararat (5-4).
“We knew it would be an uphill battle,” Freeman said. “We knew if we clawed and played well it was possible; you have to win games, no doubt about it. We feel we let two games go that we felt we should have won. Being in the middle of the pack right now, that’s fine with us. Hopefully, we can maintain that and maybe come up a bit.”