2019-01-11 / Community

Soph standout leading Rams on the court

1-on-1 with Kennebunk’s Emily Archibald
By Pat McDonald Sports Editor


Kennebunk’s Emily Archibald looks to pass while being guarded by Marshwood’s Nathalie Clavette during the Rams’ 54-46 win Monday in Kennebunk. (Ben Mc- Canna photo) Kennebunk’s Emily Archibald looks to pass while being guarded by Marshwood’s Nathalie Clavette during the Rams’ 54-46 win Monday in Kennebunk. (Ben Mc- Canna photo) The Kennebunk High School girls’ basketball squad went 10-8 last season and was knocked out of the Class A South playoffs in the quarterfinals.

The Rams returned plenty of talent from that team — including 2018 Varsity Maine Fab Freshman award winner Emily Archibald — and they are hoping the 2018-19 campaign will see them take the next step.

Archibald and the Rams improved to 7-2 on the season with a 54-46 win over Marshwood on Monday night. The win was significant as Kennebunk had dropped a 61-43 game to the Hawks earlier in the season.

Following the victory, Archibald took some time to talk with me about her career so far at KHS and the Rams’ goals for the rest of this year.

PM: What did you learn from your freshman season?

EA: I learned that you just have to play through everything and just work hard throughout the game … and your teammates are always there to back you up.

PM: How much have you improved from your freshman season until now?

EA: I think my confidence has grown a little bit from my freshman year to my sophomore year. I’ve got a bigger role on the team and I’m just working hard.

PM: Where do you think the team is at right now?

EA: Our team has really improved. Our energy level and just our overall knowledge of the game has grown. We’re an older team this year and we’re doing really well.

PM: What’s it like playing in this league where you get to play against great players like Harvard-bound Gracie Martin from Biddeford?

EA: It’s fun. It’s good to have some good competition. That was a fun game to play in right there. That is a tough team and it was just a fun competition and both teams battled it out.

PM: At the beginning of the year what were your goals as a team?

EA: Our goals were we just want to go as far as we can this year. We made it to playoffs last year and we want to go even further this year.

PM: After going 7-2 in the first nine games are you more confident that you can achieve those goals?

EA: We’re getting more confident and we’re going into every game knowing that we can put up a challenge and we can put up a battle with every team that we play against. That’s what we learned tonight (against Marshwood), especially coming from a tough game against them last time.

PM: What are your goals for the future? Are you looking at playing basketball at the next level?

EA: I don’t know yet. I’d like to play in college, but I’m just keeping my options open.

PM: What’s it like to play in Kennebunk?

EA: The community is awesome. Everyone comes out and supports the programs. As you can see tonight, the bleachers were packed and it’s just an awesome atmosphere.

Sports Editor Pat McDonald can be reached at pmcdonald@journaltribune.com or at 780-9017.

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