Maryville girls basketball has made some midseason noise in recent weeks.
After their first conference loss to Lafayette Jan. 5, the Spoofhounds (5-7, 1-1 MEC) took to the court Jan. 9 to take on a familiar foe in East Buchanan. The Bulldogs came out hot leading Maryville 30-14 at the end of the first half. Albrecht said that the speech at the break was simple.
“The message going into halftime was it’s not how you start, it's how you finish,” Albrecht said. “Coach Elms did a terrific job, they came out in a triangle and two and it really shook us. It affected our transition game, it affected us on the defensive end and they scored 30 points in the first half. That’s a lot of points.”
Jessica Sheil played a major role for the Spoofhounds on the defensive end. The senior guard explained how the team’s mindset changed at half.
“It was a good game, we fought hard,” Sheil said. “After half, we finally got out there and got into our heads that we need to win this.”
Thanks to a 19 point performance from Sundell and 10 from freshman Emily Cassavaugh, Maryville was able to complete the 16 point comeback, winning 48-46. Albrecht explained that Cassavaugh has progressively gotten better as the season has gone on.
“Emily’s play has gotten better and better all year long,” Albrecht said. “She’s not feeling very good right now, she’s got a cold and she’s all stuffed up and her energy level wasn’t real high but she really picked it up after half.”
Freshman Morgan Stoecklein stepped up for the Spoofhounds scoring nine points in filling in for injured Emma Baldwin.
“Morgan did a great job filling that spot and picking up the slack,” Albrecht said. “Jessica (Sheil) in the third quarter was a beast. Her energy turned the tide of the game for us.”
In the closing moments of the game, Maryville put three freshmen on the floor to close out the game. Sheil fouled out in the waning moments of the game forcing the young lineup.
“We’ve came pretty far and we’re finally becoming like a family,”Sheil said. “We’re finally being cohesive.”
The Spoofhounds ended 2017 with a second place finish in the LeBlond Holiday Tournament. While still on holiday break, Maryville kicked off the new year with a program-building win over long-time rival Savannah. They add Savannah to a list of already impressive wins with Bishop LeBlond and Chillicothe.
Junior Emma Baldwin and freshman Serena Sundell were named to the All-Holiday Tournament team. Sundell tallied 56 points total in the three tournament games. Coach Quentin Albrecht explained that the team chemistry is starting to grow.
“We are bringing girls in from St. Gregory to play on the varsity, we brought girls up to the middle school to play varsity and we brought some girls up to play on varsity, and we have a few returners on the varsity,” Albrecht said. “I think it took a little bit of time for those girls to kinda learn each other and learn how to play with each other. I think that’s what we’re getting right now.”