ARLINGTON >> In basketball, sometimes the hoop looks to be three feet wide, like you'll never miss, no matter what kind of shots you take.
And then there's the other side, where the hoop basically has a lid on it.
That was the case on Monday night in Arlington, as the Eagles couldn't buy a basket.
Arlington didn't score until the 5:23 mark of the second quarter in a 54-16 loss to West Rutland in a Division IV matchup.
"That's the story of our season, the ball's just not going in the cylinder right now," said Arlington coach Larry Andrews. "It's going to eventually, we'll have our night, but tonight wasn't it. They were at a different speed then we were."
Neither team could get into a rhythm in the first quarter, as Raiche and Kayla Coombs were the only scorers — each had six — as the Horde took a 12-0 lead into the second.
"We're trying to be deliberate and we're taking baby steps," Andrews said.
Arlington's Michelle O'Shea ended the drought with a basket and Jamie Keel had one before halftime as West Rutland led 25-5 at half.
"We went to [the] Williams College [game Sunday], and I said, did you notice they were patient? They move the ball, have patience and run the lines," Andrews said. "I think they emulated that and ended up passing up some shots. Now they have to recognize the opportunities."
Brooke Raiche started to heat up early in the second half, scoring 12 points as part of a 22-4 frame.
Raiche led all scorers with 21 points as she closed in on 1,000 points for her career. She stands at 978 with games against MSJ and Proctor coming up.
"We have a good number [for her to reach], she didn't have that many in the first half, so she figured better get them in the third," said West Rutland coach Carl Serrani.
Avery Bucchieri was the top scorer for Arlington with five points.
"We were trying to change defenses every other time down the floor," Serrani said. "We started with a zone press, something we're still working on. Then we sat in a zone, then a man press. It confused them and a young team with young players, if you can confuse them, they'll play that way for the rest of the game."
The fourth quarter was even as both teams played reserves for the final eight minutes.
"I could see halfway through the third that it's hard to keep the energy up [when the score is lopsided]," said Andrews, whose team drops to 5-9 and faces Long Trail next Monday. "They did for the most part, they played to the final horn. No one has given up, we'll come back to it tomorrow."