Taking the floor a day after Winter Free Weekend, the Cushing Varsity Girls’ Basketball team lost a tough matchup to visiting Brewster Academy. Mollee Malboeuf ’19 got her first three of the game to drop, which gave Cushing an early 3-2 lead. Jalynd McDonald ’19 was also able to connect early from three, to make it a 6-13 game after the first two-and-a-half minutes of play. The offense would stall over the next five minutes though, which was Lily Stone’s ’22 cue to infuse some life into the offensive end. She hit a freethrow, followed by a three to cut the deficit to twelve. Back-to-back scores on inbounds plays - a layup from McDonald and an up-and-under from Erin Montigny ‘21 made it a nine-point game with 3:30 to go in the half. After penetrating to the hoop, Erin Rutherford ’21 kicked the ball out to Malboeuf, who drilled another three to make it an eight-point game. McDonald scored on an offensive rebound putback to bring Cushing all the way back to within six points with a little under two minutes remaining in the half. Unfortunately, Brewster would close out the half 4-0 for a halftime score of 19-29.
Both teams came out firing in the second half. Stone forced a steal on the defensive end, made the outlet pass to initiate the break, and then trailed for a three. Brewster continued to push the lead, but Cushing hung tight for as long as possible. McDonald scored again on a drive to make it an eight-point, 24-32, game with 12:40 left on the clock, but that would be as close as the score would be for the remainder of the game. Stone accounted for the final seven points Cushing put on the board on two strong drives and the second drive leading to a successfully completed and-one opportunity.
Stone finished with 12 points, to go along with 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and zero turnovers. McDonald posted 9 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal. Malboeuf added 6 points, 4 assists, and an offensive rebound. E. Montigny had 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. Rutherford grabbed 4 boards (three of which were offensive!), 2 assists, and a steal. Aaliyah Simons ’19 corralled 5 rebounds and took a charge. Lydia Li ‘21, Jane Harmon ‘22, and Brooke Stevenson ‘22 all found their way into the rebound column, and Kloe Martin ‘21 accounted for a steal.
Next up for the Penguins is a road trip to Kimball Union Academy this coming Saturday, Feb. 9th for a 4:30pm tip-off.
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