NEWPORT–If you thought the hurt that the North girls basketball team put on MMU the first time they met was bad, it was nothing compared to the demoralizing 42-7 whopping they dished out on Thursday night.
"We were all stoked, we pretended like it was going to be Rice and we played better defense" said Kelsey O'Donnell on how NC was able to reduce the number of points allowed.
Quite frankly, she is right. They did not just play better defense, they played stifling defense which led to North Country allowing an average 1.75 points per quarter in the win.
The game was never in doubt for the Falcons, as right from the opening tip-off they went to work on the Cougars.
In the first quarter it was the Tiffany Morin show, as she put up ten of her eventual sixteen points in the opening four minutes before the entire starting five took a seat on the bench.
Every lay-up, jumper, or whatever she took seemed to find it's way into the basket.
"It just brings a smile to my face. She just has so much confidence out there and you could see it," said Brown on Morin's performance.
Anna Bingham and Britni Jewer each had four points in the quarter bringing the total to 18-3 after eight minutes of play.
In the second frame, coach Brown mixed things up a little to get some different combos out on the floor.
She went with two units, the first was Jaime Kramer, Emma Joslin, Noelle Pinard, Chantal Bedard, and Jewer, and the second featured Morin, O'Donnell, Bingham, Michaela Stanley, and Desiree Coffin.
Jewer and Morin each had a basket and Coffin had a deuce and trey, making it 27-6 at the half.
The starting five were back together to kick off the third, and you could see that North Country was taking it's foot off the gas pedal a little in the second half.
Nobody wants to embarrass their opponents, and knowing that the odds of an MMU comeback were astronomical, the team focused less on scoring and more on trying to work out some of the kinks in their system.
"I really wanted to get concepts down while we were playing, I wanted to isolate them in the alley to make it so it was three of them against our five instead of five on five," said Brown
The team allowed just one more point to MMU the rest of the way, and closed out the Cougars 42-7.
Tiffany Morin, as stated before, had sixteen points to lead the Falcons on Thursday, followed by eight points by Jewer and six from Bingham.
When asked about her recent success Jewer preferred to talk about her team's play, saying,"I felt like we did a lot better (than last time out). We were hustling more, we got better steals and better rebounds."
The team will hit the road tonight to square off against Colchester near the shores of Mallet's Bay. Game time is 6:30.