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By Pierre Bibbs
Sports Editor 

North Country teams post wins

Lady Mavs go 2-0, Mavs go 1-1 against 3C teams

 

January 22, 2020

Pierre Bibbs

Jaycee Erickson goes up for a floater in an earlier game.

The North Country Mavericks and Lady Mavericks squared off against their Frazer and Lustre Christian counterparts last weekend and both teams saw success.

LADY MAVERICKS

The Lady Mavericks have shown improvement by way of their record. The team started the season 0-4, but have won six of their last seven games, which included wins over Lustre and Frazer last weekend.

The Lady Mavs will have a chance to avenge one of their early losses this season as the team is scheduled to go and face the Glasgow Lady Scotties in Glasgow on Friday, January 24. The last time these teams met, the Lady Scotties won 52-41. The Lady Mavericks are hoping that their improved play can help them overcome Glasgow who is currently 7-3.

"When we look at our game film from when we last played Glasgow earlier in our season to now, I think we have really improved a lot in a lot of areas," Lady Mavericks Head Coach Amber Erickson said. "I think we need to make sure that we focus on the things that hurt us the first time around."

Coach Erickson said that Glasgow's post players affected the game the most in their last meeting. She also mentioned that Glasgow's outside shooting cannot be overlooked.

In both of last week's games, the Lady Mavericks did not allow a single point during the first quarter, as they defeated the Lustre Christian Lady Lions 52-14 on Friday, January 17, in Lustre. They then defeated the Frazer Lady Bearcubs 57-18 on Saturday, January 18, in Saco.

"We have been working a lot on our pressure defense and our full court press," Coach Amber Erickson said. "We are getting better at it every weekend."

The Lady Mavericks had 17 steals against Lustre and 19 steals against Frazer many of which came using their press defense. Coach Erickson said that even when the press doesn't produce steals, it speeds up the game for opposing teams, who then force shots.

In their win over Lustre, the team was led by Kaitlyn McColly who had 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, and four steals.

"Kaitlyn has been a real steady force for us offensively, which is awesome to see," Coach Erickson said. "She is having a great season so far."

McColly has been used inside the paint more this season given her length, athleticism and strength, which has been beneficial to the team.

Kia Wasson had seven points and five assists. Jaycee Erickson had seven points and six steals.

In their win over Frazer, McColly had 19 points and five boards. Wasson came close to a triple-double racking up 12 points, 14 rebounds, and eight steals.

MAVERICKS

The Mavericks boys' team split games last week defeating Frazer 61-21 on Saturday, January 18, after falling 53-43 to the Lustre Christian Lions on Friday, January 17, in Lustre.

In the team's win over Frazer, the Mavs were led by Trey Johnson who scored 16 points, all of which came in the second half. Dustin Ostrom had 15 points, Beau Simonson had 14 points, and Loden Idler added eight points.

The Maverick defense did not allow more than nine points in any given quarter, including the fourth period in which the team only gave up one point.

In the team's loss to Lustre Christian, Idler led North Country with 14 points, Simonson had 12 points, and Jon Rey Taylor had seven points.

The Mavericks are set to take on Glasgow this Friday, January 24, in Glasgow.

 

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