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by Jack Scott
The girls won their last two games to solidify their sixth place finish with a 16-2 record. They will play Schenck High School at the Bangor Auditorium at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday, February 19.
Coach Darren Eaton says we should benefit from our experience last year and won’t be so over matched this year as everyone has played at the auditorium. We will give it everything we have and hopefully will go further this year.
In the previous week, we started off with a tough win at George Stevens Academy 40-39. It was a back-and-forth first half with GSA leading 21-18 at the break.
Coach Eaton says GSA came prepared to use pressure to bother our offense and also that they shot better than they had in our first match. We pulled ahead in the third on a 7-0 run, but GSA battled back to tie it up at 37 all with under 3 minutes left in the game.
Janelle Ciomei dropped in a 3-pointer to give us the lead. GSA got a basket in the last minute, but neither team was able to capitalize on errors and time expired as the last GSA shot was off the mark.
So the game was a real nail biter we were happy to win. Janelle Ciomei and Britnie Jones led us with 11 apiece; Heidi Brewer and Abby Grindle each had 6, and Chelsea Brown had 4.
The girls ended their season by beating Jonesport with a strong second half, 65-46. Jonesport pressured us and shot their 3-pointers well to trail only 25-22 at the half.
About halfway through the third quarter we opened up a big lead on a 10-0 run with good foul shooting. In the fourth, we finally pulled away with transition baskets and good defense to open up a 20-point lead, putting the game out of reach.
Britnie Jones led us with 19, Janelle Ciomei 16, Abby Grindle 12, Heidi Brewer 8, and Chelsea Brown 7.
The boys ended their season with a couple of losses but played a preliminary game at home on Wednesday, February 16, against number 9 Easton.
We ended up in eighth place with a 10-8 record, with most of our losses against top teams. Although we stumbled a bit at the end of the season, we have been battle tested and the tough competition was a good tune-up for the tournament.
It is a competitive field in Class D this year, so anyone who has a poor game will likely be going home. If we win our preliminary game, we will play number one Central Aroostook High School at 8:35 p.m. on Monday, February 21, in Bangor.
The boys lost to George Stevens 52-43. We had a cold shooting night and trailed the whole game. We only scored 12 points in the first half. We made a run late in the fourth quarter, bringing the score within a couple of baskets, but GSA players responded by hitting their foul shots and we just couldn’t catch them. Sam Grindle led us with 14, Hayden Ciomei with 11, Connor Morey with 7, and Mario Bartlett with 6.
The boys played well in a 71-56 loss to Jonesport. We got down early 11-2 and then played them pretty even after that. We showed ourselves that we could play with them when we played well, and got the lead down to single digits several times.