Rough second half dooms Arlington in loss to Poultney

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ARLINGTON — For the first few minutes of Monday's game against Poultney, the Arlington girls basketball team couldn't buy a basket. It just wasn't their night, as they also turned the ball over 15 times in a 38-22 loss to Poultney.

Poultney took the lead early on when center Leanna Mason made her presence felt, scoring four straight points in the quarter to give the Blue Devils an early 6-0 lead.

The Eagles' offense on the other hand, couldn't get a basket to fall for the first seven minutes of the game and only had scored two points thanks to a layup from senior Michelle O'Shea, that led to them trailing Poultney 8-2 going into the second quarter.

"We just couldn't get going tonight," said Arlington coach Larry Andrews. "The ball wasn't going into the basket. It was just one of those days."

In the second quarter, Arlington got their offense going a bit thanks to some hustle plays and great defense.

Trailing 13-6 midway through the quarter, the Eagles went on a 7-2 run, capped by a basket from O'Shea to make it a two-point game with less than a minute left in the half.

"Our defense and our rebounding in the second quarter helped got our offense going," Andrews said. "We converted a couple times on second chance opportunities and did a great job getting turnovers on defense that created a couple fast break points for us too."

That would be the closest that Arlington would as Mason and Poultney broke the game open, outscoring the Eagles 12-2 in the quarter. Mason was the catalyst of the quarter for the Blue Devils, scoring eight of her game-high 21 points in the period.

"I felt like for most of the game I know that I could have success down in the paint," Mason said. "I was running baseline well too all night and any time my teammates were able to get me the ball, I was able to get in the basket."

Poultney would continue its hot shooting in the fourth quarter as Shelby Mack (11 points) gave the Blue Devils a 38-18 lead with five minutes to go in the game.

"We broke down defensively in the second half," Andrews said. "We tried to do some different things that we thought would work, but unfortunately we couldn't execute them correctly."

Sophomore Xandria Hoyt would close out the game for Arlington with some impressive long-distance shooting, hitting two three-pointers from way downtown in the fourth quarter that gave her a team-high six points in the contest.

The Poultney win means the Eagles and the Blue Devils split their season series this year at 1-1.

With the loss, Arlington falls to 3-5 on the season. The Eagles will go on the road to play a non conference game vs Granville on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

"We're a young team," Andrews said. "We still need to learn how to take care of the basketball and how to communicate more as a team. If we can get better at those things, will be able to not have nights like we did tonight."


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