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« : December 04, 2009, 12:26:59 PM »

Game 1 away vs Colchester

The BFA JV & Varsity Lady Bullets traveled to Division 1 Colchester on Wednesday night for their first game of the season.  Both teams have returnign core players and some new promisign recruits.

JV

The JV Girls, though rushed were on the floor on tiem and ready to go.  The game opened with the JVs working really hard for very little.  It seemed like their zone defense had signs saying where the weak points were all over it.  Colchester quickly took a 4 pt lead, and though they battled their best and held the score to 4-0 for 4 minutes, the JV girls eventually started to slide.  End of the first was 11-2.  Second quarter so BFA continue to play sloppy defense and even messier offense.  End of 2nd qurster - 21-4.
At half time, as usual, Coach Banach refocused his team on the simple fundamentals that weren't as solid as they could be.
Second half, with BFA changing their focus to a Man2Man defense, showed a different game from the first.  The JV girls played much better defense, and much much better offense.  3rd qurter ended with BFA only allowing colchester to score 2 more points than they did.  and the fourth quarter so more of a BFA surge and resulted in BFA outscorign colchester 21-18.  Unfortunately the late start to playing good Basketball, made affected BFA's bid at a comeback.  final Score was 41-25.  The JV girls have had a better than average start to the season this year - demonstratign how far aheadof the curve they were compared to years past.  the won both scrimmages vs vergennes and richford.  By an average score of 41. ( 37-7 and 45-2)  Though not indicative of their true talent - the JV girls are poised to have another good seaosn this year.

Varsity

In the prior 2 games, The BFA Colchester macthup has been split.  2 seasons ago, BFA played a hard fought game, overcoming an extremely damaging error call by an official ( he blew the whistle, didn' t mean to and when the player moved to give him the ball - he called it a travel) in the final minutes - BFA lost by 1 point with a shot at the buzzer.
Last year, having lost a strong senior core ripe with strong forwards and agile, accurate guards, BFA played their hearts out and competed through out the game, in the end though, they're inexperienced crew fell short by a dozen or so.

THIS SEASON MARKS A NEW DIRECTION FOR BFA GIRLS VARSITY.  Coach Jim worked hard throughout the summer with returning core players, JV recruits, and some HIGHLY motivated and well-skilled Freshman.  He's worked hard this season to cultivate and condition the varsity girls and it showed in the 2 well-defined and impressive scrimmages vs Vergennes & Richford.

The Colchester game began with BFA experiencing some minor nerves on both sides of the ball.  The Varsity girls quickly fell down by 5 but managed to stop the bleeding.  And then Suddenly, a surge.  BFA rallied back to tie and then battle back and forth.  Second half of the 2nd qtr BFA maintained a 2 point lead.  Colchester managed a buzzer-beating 2 pointer to go up 11-10 going into the half.  That would be the last time colchester would see a lead.  Megahan Bochansky, Kayla & Kaysie Bascieski, and Maureen McGuinness Roared to life in the 3rd with strong defense, strong moves to the basket, and some key foul shooting.  With 4 minutes to go BFA was nursing an 8 pt lead.... working hard to keep possesion and prevent the Lakers from scoring.  BFA didn't sit back and just play keep away, they made cuts, attacked the basket and continued to take high percentage shots to keep the pressure on Colchester until they were forced into a downward spiral of Jackign 3's.  BFA won by 8.

      Coach Jim was besides himself with excitement and immensley proud of the BFA Girls - they fought a good battle and worked extremely hard for everything they got.  BFA Varsity Girls are NOW 1-0.  WOOT!  WOOT!

stay tuned for Milton on 12/9 at Milton.
« : December 16, 2009, 07:52:55 AM Loctavious »

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« #1 : December 15, 2009, 10:08:11 AM »

At Fairfax 12/11

JV Girls Opened up a little stronger this game - making better passes, preventing the 3 ball, and playing better defense.  Unfortunately, the Lakers had a better sense of how to play keep away with the ball and then use it to take some nice high percentage shots.

In the 3rd quarter there was a rally by BFA when they put on their press - whcih despite the other team trying to address, worked well.  BFA held Colchester to 8 pts this quarter and scored 8 themselves.

With Both Division 1 games out of the way, and a major reality check and lesson learned about energetic and smart defense, the JV girls look to apply their new found knowledge in games to come.

Varsity

The varsity girls started out strong - outside shots didn't fall at first, but from the begining it was evident the first game was not a fluke - The Lady Bullets are a now a fast and extremely hard working team - as it was demonstrated every minute of that game.  AGAIN colchester was out-defended, out-played, and outscored in every quarter.  Bochanski and Basceski played well underneath.  Bascieski ( Kaysie) played with authority and hit key shots with ease and form to be envied by many.  Root brought her "A" game with her this meeting and threw in a few outside shots and dominated the spin to the middle move - getting many open drives.  McGuinness played great defense and stepped her offensive game as well - showing more control and poise.
Bernard, Maxham played some solid ball for their sorties.  Sweet played well and contributed a basket and few rebounds this game.  Gardell played with a possessed intensity - breaking a press, Stifling pressure defense and a steal or 2 for good measure.

Final score was Farifax by 22

Stay tuned for the Stowe report!
« : December 16, 2009, 08:04:38 AM Loctavious »

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« #2 : December 15, 2009, 12:08:27 PM »

Stowe, Vt

The BFA Lady Bullets traveled to Stowe on monday 12/14 to battle Stowe.  In recent years, The BFA Girls have had inconsistent success vs the Stowe team.  When BFA brought their high energy defense, they've pulled out decisive victories.  When BFA left their high gear in Fairfax, they've been routed themselves.

This season though, the Lady Bullets are a much different team.  Though not terribly big, they are fast, skilled in transition and movement, and quick to take advantage of any weaknesses in Defense.

This game would be no different from BFA's Mastery of Colchester.  The Lady Bullets used patience, movement, and high energy to out defend, out play, and outscore Stowe.  First quarter score was 21-9.  BFA kept their focus on the task at hand and worked very hard.  in the end they walked with another over 20 pt win.

Right now - BFA Fairfax girls are 3-0 for the first time in recent memory.  They are now second in the rankings to Northfield who've only played 2 games to BFA's 3. 

Stay tuned for the next game's report - Milton on 12/16/09 at HOME 6:7:30 start times.

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« #3 : December 22, 2009, 11:10:18 AM »

Milton and Peoples games on the way - Fairfax JV lost to Milton by 14 and Varsity by 7 - where some were saying Milton would win by 30......  Fairfax JV beat peoples by 7 and Varsity controlled the game - only allowing peoples 5 points by half time to win with ease.
« : January 13, 2010, 10:46:57 AM Loctavious »

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« #4 : December 30, 2009, 10:28:07 AM »

JV girls started out stronger than in the previous 2 games - a bit more under control but still working harder than they needed to on Defense.

BFA managed to stay With milton for a while, but started to succumb to the pressure.  There were shinging moments of great defense and good pass work to be capped by a good shot.  Then there were mental breakdowns that let the game slide.  The 3rd quarter seemed to show a lifeless BFA - scoring only in the last 2 minutes to be outscored 11-2.  4th quarter saw BFA wake-up a bit - but not enough to overcome the lead.  The JV girls continue to learn valuable lessons about mental composure under pressure and the value of working hard the whole game.

Varsity Opened the game with a lot of pressure on Milton on defense.  One could tell Milton was NOT ready for such defense.  BFA worked EXTREMELY hard and limited good looks at shooting to few and far in between.  When Milton did get a chance to shoot, it usually went in unfortuantely.

BFA dug itself into a little bit of a hole but was responding and digging out.  A few good momentum shifting runs were cut short by some Extraordinarily questionable officiating - including a ref who was anything but professional in both his calls and addressing of the coach.  The game very well would've gone the other way without the numerous ( we're talking 5 calls alone in the 2nd half that, to someone with adequate vision, wouldn't have been called or rather not called as the case may be).
     In the end BFA battled within 7 of Milton but just ran out of time.  Look for the rematch on 1/4/10 to be highly anticipated by both teams fans.
« : January 13, 2010, 10:45:49 AM Loctavious »

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« #5 : January 13, 2010, 10:56:13 AM »

JV girls ONCE AGAIN started out a little slow, but kept the game close in the 1st quarter.  Sporting the 1-3-1 zone on defense - Milton didn't walk all over them as they did in the first meeting.  Sketchy passing and nerves continued to play a role untitl he 2nd quarter when BFA woke up and closed in with 5 of Milton.

In the 3rd, the JV girls wanted to shwo Milton something different and make them think - thus bringing an improved Man defense.  Unfortunatley, Milton was ready and thankful for it going on a 17-4 pt run.  Goign up by 23.

4th quarter saw a fiercely angry BFA JV team show up, bringing High energy defense and pressure to a confused Milton team.  The JV girls shut down passing and shooting lanes, bullied guards and forwards alike and overall - intimidating Milton.  In the last remaining minutes they drove to the basket often and drew many fouls to slow the game and help them climb closer to Milton.  Unfortunately time ran out and BFA fell 3pts short from the mark - but having gone on a 17-4 run themselves.  A good exeprience to prepare them for the enosburg game coming up.

Varsity girls kep the game close all throught he first, but Milton, having oneof their star players retuen for this game, caught on fire shooting and never looked back.  BFA, despite their high energy defense - missed gaurd Maureen McGuinness's fierce defense inthis game and it showed.  Final score was Milton by 30.
« : January 15, 2010, 10:32:27 AM Loctavious »

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« #6 : January 15, 2010, 11:31:20 AM »

JV1 Girls Did NOT get to play in this game per Winooski's request as their program has been struggling as of late with both Numbers and success.  Instead, the BFA JV2 team went and managed a to pull out a victory.  JV1 Players Taylor Place, Kaysie Unwin, Danielle Russin, Brittany Perkins, Brooke Naylor, and Kirsten Enegrin did travel with the JV2s to add their support and touch up on some of their skill sets.

The Varsity Girls did go to play, but didn't really show up until the 2nd half.  A lack of intensity, mental poise and perhaps a little underestimation allowed the Spartans to keep the game within 5 for most of the first half.  A bad case of fumbly bumblies, questionable passing, not catching the ball before you do something, and particularly FLAT shooting ( even for BFA) contributed to the lack-luster 1st half. 
Coach Driscoll put things in perspective though at half-time and energized his team - which came out stronger, faster and more focused in the second half - to clearly establish their dominance.
The last 4 minutes saw Sophomore PG Evyn Banach come into the game and control the flow for the last few minutes with ease - making great crisp passes, movign the ball effeciently and even dumping in a basket or two.  Great varsity in-game experience that will pay off in weeks to come and next season.

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« #7 : January 19, 2010, 11:22:17 AM »

The JV girls, as is the case thus far this season, started out shaky - passing, ball movement and shot selections were at best mediocre.  It took them all the 1st qtr to settle down and start playing some sound offense.  Even their usual solid defense was a little slow and holey.  By 2nd qtr though - the team had settled down and got their passign and bal movement under control - defense also began to click and move well - enosburg still outscored them - but the turnovers and helter skelter look had evaporated ending the second qtr on a strong note using their defense to get into the heads of the Enosburh girls.

3rd qtr however, looking to catch Enosburg off guard, BFA switched to a Man 2 Man defense - exactly what Enosburg wa suse to and thus capitalized on.  By the time BFa witched back to their zone - the momentum had already solidly switched back to Enosburg - who went on 17-3 run.

If it's one thing the JV girls DO NOT lack - it's spirit, heart and determination even in the face of almost insurmountable odds.  The BFA JV girls made a conscious decision, having nothing to lose, to leave it all out on the court.
Despite having their starters on the floor - Fans watched as the JV girls systematically pressured and intimidated the Enosburg girls, causing turnovers with their press, stifling high energy defense and found offense poise.  Although time ran out - BFA went on a 17-2 run to cut the lead from 23 to 13, before time ran out. 

Freshman's Brooke Naylor, and Danielle Russin played their hearts out and were main parts of the comeback - as was Sophomores Lyndsey Wells, Evyn Banach, Jordan Rock and Hannah Gerke.  kaysie Unwin provided much need support at point and sophomore Shanwtae Parchment andJunior Gabbey Mahoney were savage on defense.

Varsity Girls were upbeat and determined.  For the first time in years there was not only a hunger but a confidence to back it with these girls.  BFA started put as usual fierce on defense and smart on offense.  Though Enosburg played well and hit the shots they took, BFA limited those shots to few and far in between.  BFA Shut down the inside game of Enosburg for most of the game and contained their PG as best they could.  Despite allowing her 25+ pts, she wasn't as Dominate in the second half and actually missed a few shots.

As time wound down, Enosburg poured their hearts out and inched back into he game.  A few key 3 pters brought them back in the final seconds and almost allowed a tie, but the ball left the last shooters hands a little too late and the BFA Varsity Girls had their first win against Enosburg since 2004.  It was classic basketball at it's finest with ALL Fans on the edges of their seats.
 
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« #8 : January 27, 2010, 09:20:27 AM »

JV Girls didn't know what to Expect from Lake Region - who have annually beat them by over 60 pts in the 2 matches per year they played them.  Whether it be injured starters, nerves, or both - the BFA JV Girls have always had a tough time playing The Rangers.  The only positives from past games was their undaunted spirits before, during and after the games.

This season though, something was different.  Granted there was anoticeable absence of size and extrememly talented players on the Lake Region team - they still possessed some strong ball handlers, shooters and rebounders.  Despite that, BFA came prepared to battle - no matter what the outcome and score, they were dedicated to making the Ranger earn every shot, rebound, and point.

From the beginning of the game a much more stable and determined poise was set in every BFA players demeanor.  ALSO evident was their elevated work ethic on defense and offense. 

1st qtr saw the usual nerves on BFA's part, but also a quicker than usual settling/stabilizing of the panic mistakes.  BFA was first to score and in fact took an early lead by 5.  When the support players came in, they too played at a high level - controlling the ball and minimizing mistakes..... The rangers though would not be supressed for long and quickly tied the game and took a 5 pt lead themselves by Half time.

BFA, realizing what their focus and intensity int he first half had accomplished, again committed to the attack in the second half.  Though the usual 3rd qtr woes dug themselves nearly a 25 pt lead, their ferocity on defense - lead by Brooke naylor and supported by Lyndsey Wells, Evyn Banach, Jordan Rock, and Hannah Gerke as well as support players Gabby Mahoney, kayise Unwin, Shawntae Parchment, And Kirsten Enegren, got in the heads of Lake Region.  BFA began the 4th qtr with a hunger that woudl not be denied and they quickly sliced the lead to 15, then 10, and then 7 before the level of energy and intensity they were playing with caugh tup to them..... A tired BFA saw their run stall and The rangers thankful of that lenghtened the lead to 9 before time expired.

the JV girls though - seeing what they can accomplish when 'clicking' and operating on all cynlinders could not be upset with the loss even though a win was possible with a few less turnovers and perhaps a fe wmore shots going in.  Coach Banach drove the fact home that if they can compete with Lake Region - there's no team left on the schedule they can't compete with and perhaps take a win from.  The stage is set for the rematch at the end of the season.

Stay tuned for the Varsity recap......

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« #9 : January 27, 2010, 09:50:20 AM »

The JV girls entered this game against Twinfield Amped from their battle against Lake Region the past saturday.  Knowing they only really played 2 qtrs of basketball against Lake Region and only lost by 9, they were determined to bring a battle to Twinfield this game.  Twinfield, a div 4 powerhouse usually beating the JV and Varsity teams by 17-25 pts in their last 3 meetings, would have their work cut out for them - as BFA wasn't in the least bit intimidated especially after seeing that the Twinfield girls seemed not take BFA seriosuly.
Coach Banach, in the pre-game talk, riled his team; " Ladies, this team isn't taking you seriosuly - just like Lake Region didn't.  They're laughing and fooling around in warm-ups. I saw one girl staring at us while we warmed up and laughed a few times when we missed a lay-up.  This should enrage you.  This should ignite a fire within that is all consuming.  How dare they come to your house, in front of your crowd and disrespect you?  If there was ever a time to unleash the sleeping giant that IS your best basketball, it's today."

Indeed the BFA JV girls were angry that they hadn't been getting the respect they deserve and were bent on proving something to these invaders.
First Qtr saw BFA start solid - moving and protecting the ball well, Playing high energy and intense Defense, and even shooting better than they have all year.  When BFA quickly leap out to a 5 pt and then 7 pt lead and Twinfield called a timeout, anyone in that gym could feel and see the look of fear in Twinfields eyes.  Coach Banach has always talked about keeping a team of balance and on their heels - and this was the most opportune time.  BFA came out fromt hat time-out playing quciker and tighter defense.
2nd quarter DID see Twinfield buckle down a bit, but the sheer will of BFA was evident - with BFA extending their lead to 11 and holding Twinfield to 4 pts.  It was evident Twinfield couldn't get into a rhythm nor get a clean look at the basket.

At Half, an excited and pumped BFA team talked about keeping up the pressure - no matter who went in - support or starter and leaving their best basketball and best effort on the floor.  Playign as if there was no tomorrow.

      3rd qurter so more of an exchange between BFA and Twinfield - but BFA didn't go flat offensively as they most often do in the 3rd.  In fact, support players like Taylor Place and Kirsten Enegrin stepped up their games to help on defense and Kirsten dump in 6 pts of her own.  Kaysie Unwin held her own when playing point and Danielle Russin played with fierce energy.  Lyndsey Wells played probably her best Defenisve game yet with lighting quick feet and strong defense.  Gabby Mahoney and Shawnate Parchment made some Key rebounds and great passes.  Jordan Rock threw in a key basket or 2 and Hannah Gerke was more aggressive than she's been all year.  Brooke Naylor - you can't say enough about her pressure on defense and her sweat shot.  Brittany Perkins played some strong minutes - her strongest to date for JV as well.
      4th quarter got a little tense as BFA Slid a little - first to a 7 pt lead, then 5 then 3.. and when Twinfield tied it up...... there was a quiet in the gym.  Coach Banach, after the game said he wasn't actually worried at this point because as in years past " sometimes you just have to weather the storm or in this case their surge - which can't be sustained forever - especially when they had to play so hard just to keep up."  In the last 3 minutes, Evyn Banach and Liz Stratton took over with Evyn making 3 great passes to Liz who posted her defender up well, baited her out of position and capitalized on the drop step move.
In the ned BFA extended their lead back to 7 and though Twinfield brought it to within 5 in the final seconds - BFA won comofortbaly.  WON being the Key Word.

After the Game, Coach banach said this of his girls, " It seems as though every year there comes a defining moment or game when I can say to the girls ' you're finally getting it.  You've finally arrived' and this game is that moment for us now.  They've realized what hard work in practice, belief in the game plan, focus on the goals, and belief in themselves can accomplish.  In my 3 years here - we've never beaten this team nor come close.  I don't care what anyone says, these girls made a decision, would not be denied, and got exactly what they set their minds on - a solid victory after a fierce battle over a good team.  I couldn't be happier for them and more proud of my team."

Next week, BFA head to Richford to hopefull kickstart a winning streak.  Stay tuned for Varsity.....
« : February 22, 2010, 01:03:43 PM Loctavious »

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