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CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge girls basketball coach Tony Bochette had a bit of a dilemma coming into this season — how to mesh together a team of five seniors, two juniors and three freshmen.

That turned out to be the easiest bit of coaching he had to do.

The Indians have been on a sustained roll this season, improving to 17-0 overall with a 46-21 Wasaren League victory over Stillwater on Wednesday night. Fiona Mooney netted 12 points and Helen Mooney added 10 for Cambridge.

“This group of girls just meshed so quickly and so well,” Bochette said. “They have had that team-first mentality since day one.”

“It sounds cheesy, but we really all just love the game and we all love playing together,” senior forward Helen Mooney said. “That makes a great combination.”

They are a collection of talented athletes that includes the Mooney sisters, Helen and freshman Fiona, who play in the paint; the Phillips twins, freshmen Sophie and Lilly, who provide a scoring punch; and role-playing guards like seniors Grace Snyder, Bridey Nolan and Victoria Dupuis.

Even with three exceptional freshmen becoming varsity starters this season, drama and bruised egos have been the furthest thing from the Indians’ minds.

“The seniors have been playing together for such a long time, and the freshmen have been together for a long time, too, when the two classes merged it made it a lot smoother,” Snyder said. “Some people may be upset about freshmen coming in, but they’re really good.”

“We’re all so close, and they’re so good — both classes have a lot of respect for each other, and a lot of love for basketball,” Helen Mooney said.

Having a couple of sets of sisters on the team is nothing new for Cambridge — two years ago, the Indians had three pairs of sisters. Also, Fiona Mooney and the Phillips sisters — the daughters of JV coach Bob Phillips — have been around the program for years.

“Everyone has been willing to play their roles and play as a team for a team goal,” Bochette said. “It’s really a testament to all of the girls, they’ve all been selfless and great teammates — and a testament to their parents for raising them that way. It’s incredible how well they get along.”

The Indians, who already clinched the Division 2 title in the league with an 11-0 mark, have gotten the job done all season with pressure defense and a quick-passing, fast-break offense.

On Wednesday night, Stillwater owned 13-8 lead with fewer than three minutes left in the first half, but Cambridge closed the half on a 10-0 run. The Indians extended that run to 19 straight points for a 27-13 lead early in the third quarter, in which they outscored Stillwater 24-5, and 38-8 over the final 18-plus minutes of the game.

“We’ve been priding ourselves on our defense, and that overshadows the fact that we’ve been averaging over 60 points per game,” Bochette said. “Good defense leads to easy baskets.”

Cambridge 46, Stillwater 21

Stillwater (4-7, 6-11)


Pickett 1 1 1 6

McCoy 0 0 0 0

Mueller 3 0 2 8

Peacock 0 0 0 0

Lilac 1 0 0 2

Jennings 0 0 0 0

Sheehan 0 0 0 0

Moran 1 0 1 3

McLaughlin 1 0 0 2

Totals 7 1 4 21

Cambridge (11-0, 17-0)


Sophie Phillips 2 0 0 4

Rhiannon Darling 0 0 0 0

Lilly Phillips 3 0 0 6

Grace Snyder 3 0 1 7

Fiona Mooney 5 0 2 12

Hailey Herrington 0 0 0 0

Bridey Nolan 0 1 2 5

Victoria Dupuis 1 0 0 2

Brecke Gifford 0 0 0 0

Helen Mooney 5 0 0 10

Totals 19 1 5 46

Stillwater 9 4 5 3 — 21

Cambridge 6 12 24 4 — 46

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Covering high school and minor-league sports in Section II since 1989. SUNY Plattsburgh grad. Colleen's lesser half. Three amazing young people call me Dad. Fan of Philadelphia Eagles, New York Rangers and Mets, and Syracuse Orange.

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