By Jean LeBlanc
GORHAM — The Gorham girls' basketball team defense limited Profile to just five field goals for the game and used a balanced scoring attack, rolling to a decisive 48-18 victory over the Profile Patriots in Gorham.
The Huskies improved to 4-3 on the regular season and 6-3 overall. Profile lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Both teams came out in zone defenses and forced the offenses to be patient, working the ball around the perimeter. The Huskies got hoops from Delaney Holmes, Karley Cordwell, and Alexis Kruskie to hold a 6-2 lead. Emma Rayburn had the lone bucket for Profile.
The Huskies extended their defense to full court and began to force turnovers. The home team went on a 13-1 run to lead 19-3 at half time. Senior Jana Oelofse led the scoring attack with four points.
"Defensively, our pressure was able to force turnovers leading to transition layups," said head coach Joe Cassady. "We didn't do a great job of rebounding on either end of the floor, but there certainly wasn't a lack of effort. By applying pressure and limiting their shot attempts, we were able to keep our rebounding woes at bay. We'll need to do a better job when we face Littleton on Tuesday."
In the second half, the Huskies used a third quarter run of 13-8 and a fourth quarter run of 16-3 to make the final score of 48-14. The Huskies got scoring from 11 different players. Anabel Boyer had three points for Profile.
"Our team did a fantastic job on both ends of the floor," said Cassady. "The offensive production was fueled by an impressive display of passing by all players. I was impressed with the even scoring distribution. Eleven of our twelve players scored, with the only scoreless player being Lauren Gralenski, who typically leads our team in the points column. Overall, our team put on a great basketball display and showed a level of heart and hustle that would make any coach proud."
For the game, Profile had five field goals from the floor and shot four for nine from the foul line. Two players had three points each for the Patriots.
The Huskies had 21 field goals from the field and shot 5-11 from the free throw line. Cordwell nine and Oelofse eight points led the balanced scoring attack.
Gorham plays host to top ranked and undefeated Littleton on Tuesday.
GHS 06 13 13 16 48
PHS 02 01 08 03 14