2016-12-21 / Sports

Trojans cruise past Lions, Aube scores 1,000th point

By ALEX SPONSELLER
Associate Sports Editor

SACO – The Thornton Academy girls basketball team picked up a big 53-29 win over visiting Maine Girls Academy Tuesday, while TA senior Alisha Aube recorded her 1,000th career point.
TA and MGA (formerly McAuley), have developed a rivalry in recent years as each team has consistently been atop the Class A South standings. TA coach Eric Marston was proud of the way his team battled against one of the state’s finest teams.
“They come to play every single night. You know you’re going to have to work for every basket against (Maine Girls Academy) and we certainly had to work for every basket here this evening,” said Marston.
Aube did not have to wait long to score her 1,000th point, reaching the milestone on a deep three-pointer in the first quarter. Aube was excited to reach the 1,000 point mark, a goal she has had in her sights for quite some time.
“It’s definitely a big one, I have been dreaming about it since I was a little girl and it’s definitely great to get it at TA where it is such a loving community. It’s very exciting,” said Aube.
“It’s a pretty special accomplishment, 1,000 points is a tremendous number and it’s pretty rare company. It’s a tremendous accomplishment for her and her teammates present and former,” added Marston.
The two teams grinded in the first quarter, with TA taking a 10-9 lead on Aube’s three-pointer. The game remained close with TA maintaining a 21-15 lead at halftime.
The Trojans came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring the Lions 14-10 and controlling on each end of the floor. TA played tough defense, while also hitting big shots throughout the eight-minute period.
 “I think both teams have had some knock-down, drag-out battles, and our plan was to get out there and turn our defense into offense,” said Marston. “We tried to be aggressive on defense and attack the rim on offense, I also thought the girls did a great job of communicating on both ends of the floor.”
TA would then surge in the fourth quarter, outpacing the Lions 18-4 and putting the game away. Marston felt that his team’s second-half surge stemmed from playing a bit more relaxed.
“We made a few minor tweaks but we were also hitting more of our shots and we turned it up a notch on the defensive side. I think we were a little tense in the first quarter, (Aube) only needed four points so once she got them we loosened up a bit,” said Marston.
Aube led the Trojans with 22 points while Isabella Robinson added 11.
Tuesday’s win establishes TA as one of the top contenders in the conference, and Aube feels that TA is just beginning to hit its stride.
 “It’s a big win, and it was king of a turning point for us also because we know we have a chance to do something big. I’m excited that the team is on a roll, we’re getting our swing and this win is a step in the right direction.”

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