Eagles fall to Twin Valley at the Nest

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ARLINGTON >> Coming back to play in the Eagles' Nest on Thursday night, the game against Twin Valley did not turn out the way the Arlington Memorial High School girls basketball team wanted it to be. The Eagles fell 46-28, their fourth loss of the season.

From the opening tip-off, things went astray for the Eagles.

In the first quarter, Arlington turned the ball over five times and trailed 19-11 going into the second quarter.

"We had trouble communicating early on in the game," said Arlington coach Larry Andrews. "We're a young team and there are going to be some growing pains with that in games."

Besides the turnover problems the Eagles offense had in the first half, their defense couldn't contain Twin Valley's offense, and especially guard Taylor Courchesne.

The sophomore had 20 of her game-high 22 points in the first half, including hitting four 3-pointers in last 10 minutes of the half.

"I don't think I have ever had a 20-point half before tonight," Courchesne said. "I felt like in the first half that any shot I took was going to fall in, so being able to do that really motivated me the whole the game."

The 22 points that Courchesne scored was a career-high. Her sister Kirra, also had a good game for the Twin Valley, scoring eight points.

Going into the second half, Twin Valley led 30-16, outscoring them 11-5 in the second quarter.

"They shot the ball really well tonight," Andrews said. "We didn't rotate well in our zone and they took advantage of it."

In the second half, Arlington was able to get their offense back on track, thanks to the play of senior Maggie Murphy.

Murphy scored all of her team-high tying six points in the second half. She was also a force on the boards, grabbing a game-high seven rebounds in the contest.

"I think in the second half we started to slow everything down more and Maggie did a good job asserting herself in the game," Andrews said. "Also, I think our team did a good job playing man defense and that allowed us to get our offense back on track."

Unfortunately though for the Eagles, the comeback started too late and Twin Valley cruised to victory.

"It's a tough loss to have, but we got stay focus on closing our 2015 strong," Andrews said. "We have two or three games left that we can win and hopefully will go into 2016 on a winning streak."

Riley Lane and Xandria Hoyt, each had six points in the game for the Eagles as well.

Arlington's next game will be back at the Eagles' Nest, when they take on Long Trail this upcoming Monday at 5 p.m.


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