LEWISTON — The last time the Lewiston girls’ basketball team won four games in a season, most of the current players were likely just learning the game.
The Blue Devils went 4-14 in 2006 and have struggled to collect an abundance of wins ever since. Those four wins that year followed three straight winning seasons and playoff appearances for Lewiston.
“It’s been a long stretch,” said Lewiston coach Mike Labonte.
Monday, Lewiston achieved a bit of a milestone with a 54-42 win over Erskine. It was the first time since that 2006 season that the Blue Devils had recorded four wins in a year.
“We doubled our wins from last year,” said sophomore guard Emily Brochu. “It feels good.”
Lewiston (4-9) got out to an early lead and held off any rally attempts by the Eagles.
“We’ve been notorious for starting out really slow,” said Labonte. “So it was nice to come out and get a lead and not have to drive really hard to get back in the game.”
Brochu led the Blue Devils with 13 points while Kristina Blais, a freshman, added 11. Alex Wilson and Brie Wilson chipped in eight and seven points respectively.
Erskine (0-11) got 19 from Bridget Humphrey.
Though the Eagles tried to slow down the Lewiston offense with a zone, the Blue Devils did a nice job getting points in transition while also finding ways to drive through the zone and get points in the paint.
“We got the ball into the high post,” said Labonte. “We managed to wiggle our way through to get some shots. We did kick it out a couple of time. It’s all about having a little bit of patience and confidence with the ball.”
Lewiston beat the Eagles, 61-40, earlier in the season and took the lead early. After a Hannah Bridges basket tied it for the Eagles, Lewiston ran off six straight and an 8-2 run to end the first quarter up 12-8. Brochu and Alex Wilson each had four points during the quarter.
“It felt a lot better to know we have that (lead) because usually the games are really close,” said Brochu, whose team isn’t accustomed to playing with the lead. “You can relax and try stuff that we want to do.”
The Blue Devils had a 9-2 run in the second to open up a 23-12 lead. Erskine had cut the lead to four but a basket by Brie Wilson and a foul shot by Blais made it 17-10. After a Humphrey basket, Emily Paione scored on a drive and Maegan Mathon and Jenessa Talarico each scored off steals.
“Having the lead, I think it made us more calm and helped us know we could make mistakes because we had the lead,” said Brochu. “We’re not really used to that.”
Erksine cut the lead to 23-18 by halftime with six straight points, but Lewiston opened the second half with a 6-0 run that made it 29-18. Alex Wilson had a pair of hoops while Blais scored on a layup. Erskine cut the lead to eight but back-to-back baskets by Blais pushed it to double digits again and started a 10-2 run that had the lead to 39-23 late in the third.
The Eagles got the lead down to 10 four different times in the fourth, but Lewiston always responded. Baskets by Mathon, Brie Wilson and Brochu helped pad the lead.
“Composure is a big thing especially when we have the ball,” said Labonte. “We were able to relax and just do what we like to try to do.”