By James Anderson

FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy girls’ basketball team were on the road for the opening round of the Class A South playoffs. The No. 9 seeded Raiders traveled to Topsham, Maine, to play No. 8 Mt. Ararat on Wednesday night. Result were not known as of press time.

Fryeburg enters the postseason with a 3-15 record. The Eagles of Mt. Ararat went 8-10 during the regular season. The two schools did not meet during the season.

The Raiders wrapped up the regular season last Wednesday when the Rangers of Greely (17-1) came to town for Senior Night. Before tipoff, seniors Merys Carty, Maddie Darling, Kaylee Emery and Sierra Lyman were honored for their commitment and dedication to the program over the years.

The girls from Cumberland, Maine, left the Wadsworth Gymnasium a 77-58 victory.

Watching this team from Fryeburg play over the past four years has truly been a pleasure. It has been fun to watch this group of athletes up their games to represent their school and the Fryeburg community with such class and dignity. It begins with a feeling of trust, then escalates to love, and then the realization that four years has passed, and it is over. Trust is built in Merys Carty’s ball handling, or trust in her running right-hander like the spectacular one she scored in this game.

Trust like the sure feeling that Kaylee Emery is going to score on her running left-hander. Trust as in Maddie Darling to rebound a missed shot and put it back in off the backboard.

Love: As in the genuine feeling of affection felt for Carty’s three-point field goal or the love felt for Kaylee Emery when she rebounds a miss and sticks her jump shot.

In the Greely game there had a sense of a new group of youngsters who will steal our hearts. Brooke Emery made some great steals and hit a three-point field goal. Or, in the third quarter, when a much bigger Greely Ranger steamrolled Brooke Emery in front of the parent section. A large groan of concern was registered by the entire Wadsworth crowd who have already fallen in love with Brooke’s effort and improvement. A sigh of relief was heard, along with a round of applause was heard as the bench raced across the floor to check on Brooke, as she arose to her feet uninjured.

The Raider fans are also feeling the love for Camden Jones, who has shown an ability to rebound tough, and along with Kayrin Johnson put opponents in an uncomfortable position with there defensive skills and to make the opposition feel uncomfortable while handling the ball.

In spot play Emma Rydman has shown she can be counted on for valuable minutes off the bench. She pitched in with 5 points in this one on two field goals and a free throw.

Greely led 22-11 after the opening period; 45-21 at the half, and 58-39 after three quarters.

Brooke Emery led the Raiders with 12 points. Kayla Emery added, eight; Sierra Lymna, seven; Carty, seven; Johnson, six; Darling, six; and Jones, two.

We will miss the seniors, we thank them, and we wish them well and look forward to cheering on the returnees next season. Thank you also to Sierra Lyman who captured our hearts with her improved play through out her four years as a player.

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