The recently reintroduced freshman girls basketball squad took a hard hit from Honesdale on Saturday in their league opener.
While the frosh ladies had been making gains in the pre-season, this home court tangle with the Hornets certainly served as a learning experience.
The Lady Hornets got out to a quick start and put up an early two points and then followed up by gradually adding another six.
Paupack's lone 8th grader on the team, Alissa Alexander, made an unsuccessful appearance at the foul line. Shortly thereafter, though, she hit for a long 2-pointer, finally getting her team on the scoreboard.
A single good shot from the line by Riley Barton took Honesdale to a 9-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Hornets' Corrine Casazza made good on a 3-point attempt to open things up in the second period. Honesdale added another eight points before Erin Sloane would toss in a deuce for the Bucks.
Alexander added another bucket for the Purple and White, but Honesdale rolled on and at halftime held a commanding 22-6 lead.
Paupack's only points in the third quarter came from two good foul shots by Brianna Denniston.
Honesdale went on to snatch up 15 points with Casazza leading the way again with five.
While the Hornets would increase their lead to 37-8 at the end of the quarter Paupack's lack of baskets certainly wasn't due to a lack of trying.
Good drives were put on by several of the Lady Bucks, but many shots bounced off the rim or were blocked by stiff defense.
They held Honesdale to their lowest scoring period in the fourth, allowing only eight points.
Page 2 of 2 - Sadly, a 1-for-2 stint at the stripe by Alexander and a deuce from Sloane were all the Paupack lasses could muster up as they fell to the Lady Hornets 45-11.
While they took a shellacking from Honesdale, freshman coach Ann Marie Simons was pleased with the effort put forth by the team.
Citing the effects of weather on the practice schedule and the fact that many of the girls are still growing into new positions, she feels confident that they will see better results in the future.
"They're good kids who are still learning about the game, for some it's their first year." Simons said.
"As long as they improve then we know we are being successful."
Score by Quarters...
WAL 2 4 2 3 - 11
HON 9 13 15 8 - 45