Cumberland – Last February, Falmouth’s women’s basketball team suffered a disappointing loss to eventual Class A South champions Greeley in the end-of-season tournament.
And for over ten months, the Navigator has been waiting for a chance to get revenge.
That revenge took place on the Rangers’ home floor on Tuesday night. Thanks to a stifling defensive effort and senior standout Anna her Tarjon’s game of young life.
A 15-2 first quarter run allowed Falmouth to lead 17-6 after eight minutes as Tarjon set the tone with ten points.
In the second period, Greeley scored just three points, and with Tarjon on 21, the Navigators held a 28-9 advantage by the half.
Not surprisingly, the proud Rangers recovered in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 37-27 on a late 3-point shot from Junior Lauren Hester.
However, Greeley could not come close as Tarjon started the fourth period with five points and Falmouth pulled off an impressive 48–34 victory.
Tajon scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double as the Navigators improved to 6-3 and the Rangers dropped to 4-4. Hands of their neighbors and nemesis.
“I haven’t beaten Greeley since I’ve been here. They’re our rivals,” Tarjon said. “We were thinking about this game and really wanted to beat them.
Falmouth and Greeley have faced challenges this winter, but are showing signs of potential for the future.
The Rangers opened with a 59-45 win at home to Freiburg Academy before being dominated 70-43 at Brunswick and losing at home to AA South champions Gorham (59-45). Greeley bounced back and Gray New he knocked off visits from Gloucester (58-48) and York (42-31) to win at home to Freeport (50-46) in extra time. Yarmouth Saturday.
The Navigators, meanwhile, have struggled with consistency after missing senior Sloane Zinevan with a knee injury last spring.
Falmouth won their first two games, beating Biddeford 74-16, winning 50-34 and losing at home to Marshwood (35-26). 61-36), a first loss to hosts Mount Ararat (49-37), a home loss to Gorham (52-32), and a visit to Morse Saturday (72-28).
“I’ve been playing with Sloane since fourth grade, so it’s mentally tough not to play with her, but we’re adjusting,” Tarjon said. “(Junior) Emily Abbott has stepped up as a point guard and taken care of her ball. We’re definitely pulling things together.”
Falmouth manager Dawn Armandi said: “It helps that Sloan is still on the bench. I call her the ‘Hype Squad’. She keeps all the girls focused. She knows them inside and out. Another assistant coach and she was really helpful. When they are depressed, she wakes them up. ”
Last winter, Greeley won the regular season meeting in Falmouth 67-53 and beat the Navigators 52-47 in the Class A South semi-final.
On Tuesday, the Rangers sought their 23rd victory in the team’s last 24 meetings, but instead, Falmouth finally settled Greeley for the first time since 21 December 2013 (53-45), with Cumberland at the end of the game. defeated the Rangers for the first time. It was February 6, 2007, before the current player was born.
Before the game, Greeley hosted a teacher appreciation night, with Rangers coach Todd Flaherty in attendance with his wife, Lita, and former coach Maine Basketball Hall of Famer Tom Maynes. We started it by honoring the
Greeley turned the ball around in just eight seconds and Abbott turned it into a navigator layup.
After senior Cassidy Dean made a free throw to keep the Rangers on the board, senior Sofia Ippolito sank two foul shots to give Greeley their only lead of the night, 3-2.
The rest of the opening stanza belonged to the visitor.
With 6:34 remaining, Tarjon drove in and made a layup to score the first point, then scored a free throw as he went down the floor.
After sophomore Cece Berthiuame recovered a point at the Rangers’ line, the next 12 went to Falmouth, where Turgeon made two free throws, Turgeon drove home and Abbott laid up for Turgeon. and after Abbott sunk two fouls, Tarjon blocked a shot in the defensive end, went for a layup while being fouled, and added an and-one free throw to complete the old-fashioned three-point play with 17. Gained an advantage of -4.
“We came out with a ton of energy and got a big lead pretty quickly and just kept pushing forward,” Turgeon said. My teammates got me excited, and that helped.”
As time ended, Bertiom set up Hester for a layup for Greeley’s first field goal, ending a scoring drought of 5:45, but the navigators maintained an 11-point lead heading into the second period. Enjoyed it.
“This is the third straight quarter we’ve lost 17 points,” lamented Flaherty. “We gave up 17s and 17s[in the third and fourth quarters]at Yarmouth the other day. Sometimes we don’t get the moves and the defense is loose.”
Falmouth added to their lead in the second period.
Tarjon opened the match with two free throws, dropped the left-handed runner, and then sank two more foul shots.
Jr. Zada Smith hit back with runners for Greeley, but Tarjon sank a free throw, hit a long three, and Jr. Kylie Crocker hit another foul shot before scoring the free throw, giving the Rangers the edge of the frame. It was the only field goal.The hosts make the score 29-8 at halftime.
Tarjon had 21 points and seven rebounds in the first half.
Greeley showed some energy in the second half, but just couldn’t find their way.
Ippolito started the third quarter with a 3-pointer, but junior Maddie Christman fought back with a putback.
After sophomore Greer Wright scored for the Rangers, Tarjon picked up her third foul and had to sit down, giving the hosts the advantage as Hester sank the free throw. Reduce the deficit to her 30-18.
After re-entering the game, Tarjon briefly restored order with a long 3 to end the drought at 4:34, but Ippolito pulled in for back-to-back layups to cut Falmouth’s lead to 33-22. Set up Junior Asha Kelman.
The Navigators then got a layup from Christman (Turjon set up) and Smith knocked down the long jump before Tarjon drove in and shot, but as time went on, Hester’s 3 was Greeley. gave hope to and pulled within 10 points. -27.
Falmouth refused to give in, but Tarjon drove in 24 seconds into the fourth period and fired a shot to take a long three 24 seconds later to push the lead to 15.
Christmann then scored on a greener, but the Rangers embarked on a final run.
First, Ippolito went for a layup. Smith then hit his 3, Smith made a layup with 1:46 remaining, and Greeley was again within 10 of him, 44-34.
That would be the end of the Rangers offense. Abbott, senior Katie Rozolaitis and junior Leah Cunningham all missed front-end 1-1s, but Tarjon closed the curtain with four more free throws in his final minute. Down to his 48-34 victory over the navigator.
“It was hard to stop them,” said Turgeon. “They have shooters.
“This means everything,” said Armandi. “Hopefully I’ll be in good shape for the rest of the year. I’ve never beaten Greeley as a coach. My seniors haven’t lost, so I knew I wanted to go out and win this game.” We came out with all our hearts, it’s always a good day to beat Greeley.
“Sofia is a great athlete and player and we knew we had to lock her down. In the second half we want to take our time on the offense and shoot some good shots, they came back and hit some 3s so we need to take a deep breath and reset, girls ended the game well, which was good for us, we played hard in the third quarter and then had a bad first quarter, but that wasn’t the case tonight. We played four really good quarters.”
Tarjon has enjoyed 35 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocked shots in his career so far.
“Anna played incredible,” said Armandi. “Even if you watch tonight’s game and say she’s not one of the best players in our conference, I don’t know what they’re talking about. She’s a special player on both ends of the floor.” It’s not just a crime.She always gives us double doubles.She is tough and aggressive.It’s rare that she can do it on both ends of the floor.No one can stop her. So we were prepared that Anna might get face guarded tonight but she wanted it more than anything tonight. Is good.”
Christman had 6 points and 10 rebounds, Abbott had 5 points (3 assists and 3 steals) and Means had 2 points.
The Navigators enjoyed a 36-30 rebounding advantage, overcame 30 turnovers and made 17 of 30 free throws.
Greeley was on pace for seven points each from Ippolito (3 assists, 3 steals) and Smith (4 rebounds, 4 steals). Hester and Kelman (6 rebounds) each scored his 6, Wright his 5, and Bertiaum, Crocker and Dean all scored 1.
The Rangers shot 6-of-14 from the foul line and had 20 turnovers (10 in the first quarter alone).
“We were just talking[about a rough start],” Flaherty said. “I’m at a loss. I’ve researched the girls. I asked them to come up with some ideas on what they need to do to get off to a better start. We’re competitive, our attack is better, we can’t dig a hole like that.”
Greeley hopes to bounce back after a tough weekend. Rangers travel to York on Friday and visit Cape Elizabeth on Saturday.
“We expected ups and downs this year,” says Flaherty. “We’re trying to get better and ultimately be the best team. All our games matter. They’re dogfights.”
Falmouth look set to avenge their earlier losses when they go to Marshwood on Friday.
“We had some tough shooters, but tonight it gives us confidence,” Tarjon said. “We lost to Marshwood early in the season and hopefully we can get revenge on them.”
“It’s always hard playing at Marshwood,” Armandi said. “They are a good team. They play really hard. It can be a difficult game if they struggle to score, but I think they want payback.”
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