Late last week, the girls’ basketball squad at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School headed on the road for the first time this season to face off against Greater Lowell. Still working on many things early in the year and developing an identity, the Eagles were in a low scoring, scrappy game until the fourth quarter when Greater Lowell opened up their lead to win 42-22.
Mystic Valley came out in the first quarter and took control, showing three different defenses. They finished the quarter at 6-4 with senior Captain Mairead St. Clair scoring six (16 points, 12 rebounds). It was much the same in the second quarter: Both teams struggled to find offensive rhythm. The Gryphons took the lead late in the half, but they were brought closer by sophomore Breana Nansamba hitting a long two-pointer to make it 14-12. The second half started slowly for both teams. The Gryphons found daylight in the fourth quarter, hitting three three-pointers and multiple jump shots to take advantage of the zone defense Mystic Valley was locked into. The result was a 42-22 defeat for the Eagles.
“It is still early in the season and we’re trying different things in game situations. Many of the bench were given an opportunity to see who can step up for us when others are struggling,” Head Coach Jonathan Currier said. “We plan to bounce back against Northeast and in the coming weeks.”