WILLSBORO - Alicia Mahoney's 29 points and 13 rebounds powered the Warriors to a 57-30 win over Keene in MVAC girls basketball Jan. 20.
The tall senior got plenty of good looks on senior night in Willsboro, hitting 12 baskets and converting 5-of-8 from the line as the Warriors made the most of their height advantage in the post.
"Alicia was explosive tonight," said Willsboro head coach Charlene Lobdell. "She was on her game, and our defense wasn't that bad either."
Defense was the name of the game in the first quarter as the Warriors went on a 14-1 run.
"I think the difference early on was that we just couldn't make a basket," said Keene head coach Fred Hooper. "We were executing and taking good shots; we just couldn't make a basket."
The Beavers did get on a couple of runs in the second quarter, but the deficit was too much to overcome. Seniors Jessica Caner and Emma Nye led the way with seven points apeice. Sadie Holbrook added six points and seven rebounds.
Lobdell credited her team's defense on Nye, who has consistently been one of the conference's top scorers.
Every player on the Warriors' roster scored in an otherwise balanced showing. Serene Holland added six points for Willsboro, as did Morgan Jaquish, who, like Mahoney, was dominant near the basket.
"They have two big forces, and they were more than we could handle tonight," said Hooper. "They were the better team tonight, and we're just going to keep working at it."