It wasn't the final score that made Falmouth girls basketball's 60-44 win over Bourne special.
The Clippers notched another important road win to increase their record to 8-1 and Falmouth is well on its way to defending its title as Atlantic Coast League co-champions. That was all well and good.
What really impressed head coach Bob Buscher was the individual performance of sophomore guard Grace Geary. She put on a dazzling display against the host Canalmen in Saturday's nonleague matchup, scoring 32 points in the convincing win.
Buscher was effusive in his praise of Falmouth's star-in-the-making.
"This young lady is one of the top players around," Buscher said. "In crucial moments, we set everything for her to get the ball."
Geary, who also started as a freshman on last year's championship-winning squad—has been a consistent producer for the Clippers, tallying 25, 19 and now 32 points in her last three games. Scorching the nets is far from her only skill.
"She is the best passer that I have ever seen," said Buscher, who has been involved in coaching since 1993. "She puts the ball where you want it. She understands how to play."
Geary also contributed four steals and eight assists.
Along with center Elizabeth Knox, the Clippers' second high scorer, the duo create what Buscher hopes will be a tandem that is tough to tackle. Buscher said that Knox has developed a move that he likens to one of Kevin McHale's trademark post tactics.
The rest of the Clippers' rotation coalesces into cohesive unit that creates defensive pressure through quickness while also contributing in other crucial aspects of the game.
Having two players carry a large portion of the scoring load helps, too.
"Everyone fell into their roles," Buscher said. "They can do their thing. There isn't as much pressure to do too much. "
Falmouth currently sits atop the Atlantic Coast League. Buscher sounded confident in his team's chances to stay there.
"I like what we do. We are so small, but we are quick," Buscher said.
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