Yachtsmen sink Patriots

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GRAY – It was ancient history as far as Sara Bachman was concerned.

Moments earlier, the sophomore center had missed two free throws that could have extended Falmouth’s lead. Now she returned to the foul line with Friday’s game hanging in the balance.

“I tried to get that out of my mind,” said Bachman. “It was like ‘Next play.'”

Bachman put those misses behind her and calmly sank both free throws to put the Yachtsmen ahead for good. Falmouth held off Gray-New Gloucester in the final minute for a 30-29 victory.

“I was thinking, ‘Don’t let the fans get to you,'” said Bachman. “I thought “You can do this. Breathe in.’ The whole time I was like ‘You’ve got this.’ Thankfully, they went in. I tend to not make my foul shots.”

G-NG had ample opportunity to retake the lead, but three turnovers in the final minute nixed their chances.

“The inexperience at guard got us,” said G-NG coach Harvey Moynihan. “We got the lead, and we got the ball. They were playing man-to-man, and we turned the ball over. We got it back, and we turned it over. We got the ball with 17 seconds to go, and we turned it over.”

The Patriots (5-3) perimeter play was hampered by the absence of Jen Farynaz.

The G-NG guard is out three to four weeks with a stress fracture in her foot. The Patriots have not won since losing her two weeks ago.

Paige Wyman led Falmouth (6-2) with 12 points. Chelsey Durgin had 12 for the Patriots.

Falmouth’s zone made things difficult for G-NG’s post game. With Farynaz out of the lineup, the Patriots didn’t have her outside shot to utilize either. Falmouth built a nine- point lead in the first quarter and were up by as many as eight in the second.

The Patriots made a run in the third and tied it 20-20 with 5:41 left. Wyman, who scored all of Falmouth’s eight points in the quarter, scored six straight to open the lead again.

G-NG got rebounds from Durgin and Olivia Ryan and a 3-pointer from Terry-Lynn Sanborn to cut it to 28-27 with 3:29 left. Then with 2:27 remaining, Ryan set up Ana Danieli for a short jumper and the Patriots’ first lead of the game. After a Sanborn steal with 1:14 left, G-NG had the lead and the ball.

“I thought we had them,” said Moynihan. “I thought we had the momentum. We had them playing man-to-man, and we had the matchups inside.”

Falmouth’s defense didn’t back down and used some pressure in the midcourt to rattle Patriot ballhandlers.

“We didn’t fall back,” said Falmouth coach George Conant, whose club has seven sophomores. “That’s the first time. We sucked it up. That’s good for us.”

After a Patriot turnover, Bachman was fouled under the basket with 1:11 left.

“We felt like we needed this game to bring us together,” said Bachman. “It was such a big win because they’re a really good team, and it feels really good to be able to play with them.”

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