OLD TOWN — The Old Town girls basketball team had a simple solution Tuesday night for solving some recent offensive woes: Pound the ball inside.
The Coyotes did that resoundingly in the second half, with Courtney Treadwell scoring 11 of her 15 points to power coach Dana Maxim's club to a 41-37 win over Hermon at MacKenzie Gym.
Treadwell also hauled down seven rebounds in helping Old Town improve to 7-6 and pick up a pointworthy win over the Hawks, who fall to 8-5.
"We just needed to be patient on offense and not rush and get off good shots," said the 6-foot-3 Treadwell.
Old Town trailed 18-15 at halftime, but consecutive back-door layups by Treadwell to open the third quarter ignited a 16-6 run that gave the hosts the lead for good.
The Coyotes also clamped down defensively, holding Hermon to five second-half field goals while the Hawks shot just 10-of-43 for the game.
"We've just been focusing on player-to-player defense," said Maxim. "(Since) we haven't been shooting the ball very well, we've got to pick it up defensively."
Old Town enjoyed its second stout defensive effort in as many games, limiting Hermon guard Ashley Thayer, who scored nine first-quarter points.
"We just stayed on her and played help defense, just tried not to foul her," said Treadwell.
After struggling to find some consistency offensively in the early going, the Coyotes grew more patient as the game wore on. They used Treadwell and 5-11 junior Ashley Abbott more effectively as the Hawks didn't have the post players to counter Old Town's frontcourt.
"The guards were looking for their post players and they were also looking for their shots. That was a nice combination to have," Maxim said.
Old Town closed the third on a 7-2 run, highlighted by a couple of follow-up baskets from Treadwell, while the Coyotes bottled up the paint defensively and forced the Hawks into taking midrange jumpers.
Hermon did fight back early in the fourth, starting the period on a 7-2 run of its own. Freshman Raychel Alley keyed that surge with a perimeter shot from the right side, while Kayla Snow's jumper from the right corner made it a two-point game with 4:50 to play.
But that would be the last field goal the Hawks would make until the game was in hand.
The Coyotes moved into seventh place in the Class B Heal points while Hermon retained the No. 6 spot.
"(The) bottom line (is), with Heal points, you've got to win your games," Maxim said. "We took a step in the right direction tonight."
The teams would trade a free throw apiece after Hermon's run, giving the Coyotes a 34-32 edge, but a midrange jumper from Abbott and three Treadwell foul shots restored Old Town's lead to seven with 1:53 left.
The Coyotes also did a strong job on the backboards, holding a 32-21 edge on the glass.
"One of our game plans was to box out and not let them get any second shots," said Treadwell.
Kelsey Maxim, the coach's daughter, fueled Old Town's defensive effort with three steals and contributed seven points. Abbott scored five of her nine points in the second half and grabbed six boards.
Thayer finished with 16 points to lead Hermon while Alley had nine.