Eagles split doubleheader; girls top Wasps, boys fall

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ARLINGTON — As the season comes down to its conclusion, the Arlington girls basketball team is looking for a spark to head into the postseason with some momentum.

They used a strong defensive game and just enough scoring to do that on Friday night, holding Woodstock to six first-half points in a 37-27 win at the Eagles' Nest.

"Our defense was really good tonight," said Arlington coach Larry Andrews. "We rotated well, anticipated, it was a good game for us."

It was slow going for both teams in the first half offensively, as Arlington scored the only points of the first quarter to take a 9-0 lead to the second.

Natalie Stevens got Woodstock on the board two minutes into the second quarter, but then Haley Mattison hit a three-pointer to make it 12-2 with 3:48 left in the half.

That was Arlington's only basket of the quarter, as they went into the half ahead 12-6.

The offenses started to pick up in the third, starting with Woodstock first. Stevens hit a pair of threes on back-to-back possessions to tie the game at 12-12 with 5:36 left in the half.

But from that point, Arlington finished the quarter on a 12-2 run, led by Schuylar Nolan hitting a three and Kierstyn Hess getting a pair of hoops to extend the lead to 24-14 after three quarters.

"We were moving the ball well, had better spacing and took care of the ball," Andrews said.

Only three players scored for the Eagles, but all three were in double figures. Mattison led with 14, including four 3-pointers. Nolan had 13 points and Hess added 10.

"Schuylar is coming along really well," Andrews said. "We tried to get some isolation for her, and she's been able to take people off the dribble. She's only an eighth-grader."

In the fourth, Arlington extended the lead to 18 after a pair of Mattison threes and two free throws from Hess. Woodstock got as close as 12 points as Jane Lackley, who scored a team-high 12 points on the night, had nine points in the final quarter.

Arlington is 8-11 and have senior night next Thursday.

"It looks like we'll be around the seventh or eighth seed (in Division IV), and I'd like to go into the playoffs on a three-game win-streak," Andrews said. "Once we get into the tournament, we'll let the chips fall where they may."

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The Arlington boys basketball team were outscored 17-7 in the second quarter as Poultney avenged a early-season loss to the Eagles on Friday night. Arlington lost 56-39 in a game they trailed throughout.

"We had the same gameplan when we beat them earlier in the year," said Arlington coach Brian Lacoste. "We wanted to sit in the 2-3 zone and pack it in, make them shoot from the outside. They made some shots tonight, but the ball was inside way too much."

Down three points after one quarter at 12-9, the lead was still three early after a triple by Matt Ritchie, but then the Blue Devils started to assert its size advantage on the offensive end, finishing the half on a 14-4 run.

A big part of that were the two bigs for Poultney — Heith Mason and Levi Haviland. The senior Haviland led all scorers with 20 points on 10 made baskets and Mason added another 10 as they combined for 30 of the team's 56 points.

"The last time we played them, we were still trying to figure ourselves out," said Poultney coach Bob Coloutti. "Our size is our weapon, we try to tell the kids that's where we need to start."

Poultney kept the foot on the floor after halftime. Kolby Wilkins started the half with a basket, but then Haviland scored on three possessions in a row to get the lead up to 17.

Wilkins hit a floater on the next time down the floor, but a bucket by Elizer Rosario had a frustrated Lacoste calling timeout to regroup.

"I thought we did a good job when they were in the 1-3-1, but they switched to man defense, we just collapsed. We settled for quick shots and didn't get into a flow."

Arlington attempted a comeback early in the fourth, scoring eight points in a row from the end of the third into the fourth, the last a basket by freshman Jacob Morse to cut the Blue Devils lead to 10 at 41-31.

But shortly after, Haviland made a basket in the lane and got tangled up with Ritchie, who complained that a charge should have been called. He was issued a technical foul, giving Poultney the ball, even after Haviland missed both free throws.

A Jack Lane triple cut the lead to single digits, but Poultney ended the game on a 13-5 run.

Lane led Arlington in scoring with 13, including three 3-pointers. He also had a game-high five steals. Wilkins was next with 11 points and four rebounds.

"We play better with balanced scoring, if you look, that's how it's been all year," Lacoste said. "Jack is playing 32 minutes almost every game, I can't ask more of him. We'll have to figure out something."

The Eagles drop to 5-7 on the year.


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