For Vikings, Bunce in complete control

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BRUNSWICK -The play calling was simple.

With the clock ticking down in the first half and with one final possession, the Oxford Hills Vikings didn’t have to draw up an elaborate play.

They just gave the ball to Terry Bunce.

The Vikings’ senior guard calmly walked the ball up the floor. Just before the buzzer sounded, she launched a 3-pointer that doubled the lead against Brunswick. The Vikings rode that momentum toward their sixth win of the season.

“Once you start scoring, you gain confidence and you get more confident to shoot,” said Bunce. “Coach always tells me not to stop shooting when I’ve missed a few. That always helps.”

Bunce has become one of the KVAC top scoring threats. She’s fourth among scoring leaders in the KVAC South with 16.9 points per game. She’s second with 13 3-pointers and third with a 76-percent accuracy from the foul line.

“One thing I’ve been very impressed with as of late is her shooting,” said Oxford Hills coach Nate Pelletier. “Last year, she was very streaky with her shooting. This year, she’s very consistent.”

After being a regular contributor her sophomore season, Bunce nearly tripled her production last year. She finished with a 13.4 average, but was scoring at a 16 points per game pace over the final eight games of the regular season. She’s matched that this year and even bettered it.

“I wasn’t really sure what to expect,” said Pelletier, who took over the Vikings coaching job last season. “She was kind of a raw talent. She’s a lot quicker than I thought she was originally.

“There’s not many guards that can play her. She can go by them. Most guards have one move. She has a couple. Most of the time, she’s going right and they know she’s going right, and she still goes by them.”

Pelletier says that Bunce is a hard worker and one of his best defensive players, but what has helped her game is the versatility on offense she has developed. She can not only penetrate effectively, but also has a fine shot from the outside. If she’s fouled, she’s a threat on the foul line.

“I think last year most of my points came off foul shots,” said Bunce. “Coach worked a lot with me over the summer, and my shot has gotten a lot better.”

She has had to elevate her game because the Vikings rely on her production. Last year, Bunce was able to team up with Kari and Kelsey Pelletier. The three of them combined to average over 30 points per game, for a team that averaged 54.

“Last year, it was me, Kari and Kelsey at guard,” said Bunce. “This year, without Kelsey, me and Kari both have to step it us to fill her shoes.”

She’s getting more attention from opponents trying to shut down her penetration, but Bunce admits she doesn’t mind the added pressure.

“When your coach relies on you a little bit more than he usually does, it make you want to fill (Kelsey Pelletier’s) shoes,” said Bunce.

Between Bunce and Kari Pelletier, the Vikings have quite a one-two punch in the backcourt. Pelletier ranks 10th with a 10.6 average in the KVAC South stats. She’s ninth with seven 3-pointers and fifth in assists, averaging 3.6.

“Kari and I have played together since I was in fourth grade and she was in third grade,” said Bunce, who is looking a schools at both the Division II and III levels to play basketball. “So when we play together that makes us a lot better.”

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