FARMINGTON – If nothing else, the Mt. Blue High School girls basketball team proved to be a tenacious bunch against Brunswick High School on Friday night.

The Cougars grabbed 48 rebounds, including 24 off the offensive glass, had 11 steals and pulled away from the Dragons for a 58-32 win at Mt. Blue Middle School.

“We’ve been rebounding well, but that was an emphasis against this team,” Mt. Blue (5-3) coach Tom Philbrick said.

The Cougars had seven players with at least four rebounds, and their ability to grabbed the offensive boards prolonged possessions and created second, and sometimes third-chance points.

“We’ve just worked on it so much in practice,” Gabby Foy, who scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds, said.

The Cougars also did a nice job waiting for the open shot, rarely forcing anything.

“We weren’t taking the first shot. We were passing it around and getting the best look possible,” Foy said.

Mt. Blue never trailed. The Cougars went on a 12-0 run in the first half to take a 20-8 lead, and led 27-15 at the half. Mt. Blue’s 11-3 run in the third quarter, capped by a Foy 3-pointer, pushed the lead to 38-18.

Defensively, Mt. Blue held Brunswick (4-5) to just eight field goals.

“It was just staying with our man and not letting them penetrate the middle,” Foy said.

Miranda Nicely and Kayla Newbill each had seven rebounds for Mt. Blue, while Corinne Dingley added nine points.

“We’re getting into a flow on offense and defense,” Philbrick said. “We’re just having fun.”

Melanie Bryant led the Dragons with 10 points, including a perfect 8 for 8 at the foul line.

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