Lady Trojans Push Hartford to Overtime

by Ken Brown

HARTFORD – The Twinfield-Cabot girls’ basketball team were without their top player and head coach, but still nearly managed to pull the upset over Division II Hartford last week in an overtime thriller.

Charlate Jasmin scored 15 points to help Hartford hang on to a 48-43 home overtime win over the Lady Trojans last Wednesday. Alice McLane poured in a career-high 21 points for Twinfield-Cabot, who was without their top scorer Kendall Fowler due to illness. Head coach David Conover and assistant coach Cam North also missed the game for the same reason and junior varsity head coach Jack Whalen stepped in to nearly lead the program to a massive upset.

“Jack was put in a tough spot and did a great job with game situations and substitutions. We were shorthanded and I’m really proud of the effort by him and the girls. It’s funny that I just said last week that we’re not going to measure ourselves by the scoreboard until we further develop ourselves as a program, but boy that is a game we could’ve won. Turnovers killed us in a close game like that, but I’m really proud of the girls going on the road like that against a division II program and battling like that. I think we can learn a lot from a game like this and build some confidence as a team,” said Conover.

McLane used her size underneath to batter the Lady Hurricanes for much of the night and Haylee North also had a strong game with 10 points of her own. Paige Trombley chipped in with 12 points for Hartford, who improved to 1-0 on the season.

“Alice has been blessed with size and soft hands and she is still learning to use the advantages that she has. We’ve been working hard with her on her footwork and keeping the ball high in the post and I think games like this could be the norm for her if she keeps developing. Haylee is a good shooter and our entire team is still learning to have the confidence to take the open shot. Our goal is to let it fly when you’re open and it’s a good sign to see Haylee start to do that. We’re still a very young team, but it was a great effort to have a performance like that with our top scorer out of the lineup. We’re going to need contributions from the entire roster throughout the season and we’ll keep working at moving the ball, getting good open shots, and keeping everyone involved in the offense. We’ll have some time off during the holidays to get healthy and get some good practices in to get ready for the meat of our schedule,” said Conover.

The Lady Trojans are scheduled to host Blue Mountain on December 29.