For the first 10 games of the 2009-10 season, home games have not been a pleasant experience for the Georges Valley girls basketball squad.

The Buccaneers were 0-5 heading into their home game with Wiscasset Tuesday night, and were hoping not only for their first win of the season in Thomaston, but to continue to play strong as the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, signifying the end of the regular season and a possible regional playoff berth, is in sight.

The Bucs (6-5) did just that Tuesday against the Redskins (2-9), turning in a fine all-around effort to defeat the visitors 58-48 in Thomaston.

Georges Valley, which by comparison is 4-1 on the road this season, led 9-6 after the first quarter, 30-19 at halftime and 46-34 after three quarters.

Kennadi Grover poured in 23 points to lead the Bucs, while Jill Bradbury also turned in a strong all-around performance, tallying 19 points. Also scoring for Georges Valley were Holly Ames-Allan with eight points; Katlyn Rich, three; Colleen Haskell and Rachel Frye, both two; and Danielle Frye, one. Grover also pulled down 14 rebounds and Bradbury grabbed nine caroms.

For the Redskins, Alli Johnson netted 16 points, while Mary Ellen True added 15; Abby Austin, seven; and Ali Prebel and Elegance Hartwick, both five.

The Bucs were 21-of-33 (64 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Redskins were 8-of-15 (53 percent).

The Bucs jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter with a pair of hoops from Grover and two free throws from Bradbury. However, the Redskins battled back to keep the game close after the conclusion of the first quarter.

Georges Valley then took over in the second quarter, turning up the defensive intensity with a fullcourt trapping defense that Wiscasset had its hands full fending off. The Bucs forced a handful of Redskin turnovers that led to a handful of fastbreak hoops, seemingly breaking the game open early in the second quarter.

Grover was the primary beneficiary of the offensive second-quarter onslaught for the Bucs, as she dropped in 12 of Georges Valley’s 21 second-quarter points, including connecting on pair of 3-pointers.

Wiscasset did just enough to hang around through the second half, outscoring Georges Valley in both the third and fourth quarters to stay within striking distance. Mustering only two field goals in the final stanza to Wiscasset’s seven, the Bucs helped keep the Redskins at bay with their free-throw shooting, going 8-of-12 from the line to help fend off any chance of a late rally by the visitors.

The Bucs are in the midst of a two-game winning streak, with a key game at Livermore Falls on the horizon Thursday, Jan. 14. The Andies are currently ranked second in Western Class C behind St. Dominic of Lewiston, a foe the Bucs knocked off on the road last weekend.

Georges Valley (5-6, 13.8889 Heal Points) currently is 11th in Western Class C in the most recent installment of the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Points. The Saints (7-3, 32.2531 point) are the region’s top team, while the Andies (8-3, 32.0988 points) are close behind in second.

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Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.