BANGOR, Maine — The way Amy Adams has been shooting lately, the rest of the Eastern Maine Class A basketball world better be aware once tournament time commences next week.
The Brewer junior guard was dynamite from behind the 3-point arc Thursday night, hitting 4-of-6 from downtown en route to a game-high 20 points as the Witches pulled away for a 65-50 victory over a determined Bangor team at Red Barry Gymnasium.
Coach Andy Nickerson’s club finished the regular season at 10-8 and will host a preliminary round game on Tuesday while Bangor winds up 6-12.
Adams led three Witches in double figures, as Sheri Valley had 19 points and Leah Jackson 11 to go with nine rebounds, including five on the offensive end.
The Rams gave Brewer all it could handle in the first half, as the teams traded baskets throughout the first two quarters with the Witches taking a six-point lead into the locker room.
After Stephanie Comstock hit a put-back to bring the Rams within four, Adams canned a 3-ball from the left wing and Valley hit consecutive lay-ups to give Brewer some breathing room.
“I know Bangor’s record this year isn’t what they’re used to having, but you come to Bangor and win, that’s a good win,” said Nickerson. “We have a lot of respect for their program, I have a ton of respect for coach [Tom] Tennett.”
Even though the Rams’ defense did a fairly solid job of collapsing on Valley and Jackson in the post, they couldn’t compensate for the play of Adams and Holly Nickerson from the perimeter.
“At the beginning of the year I was struggling a lot but once Meghan [McLain] got hurt I knew I had to step in and step up for my team,” said Adams.
Nickerson hit a couple of shots from downtown in the third and fourth quarters to help keep the Rams at bay.
“Lately, Amy has been shooting the ball extremely well for us and it was good to see Holly get a couple of her own tonight,” said coach Nickerson.
It was the Witches’ defense that stepped up in the second half, holding the Rams without a field goal for the first 2½ minutes of the fourth quarter. Rylee Hutchins hit a driving layup and Adams sank her final 3 of the night from the right corner on Brewer’s first two offensive possessions of the period to give the Witches their biggest lead.
“We concentrated a lot on trying to keep the ball away from Valley and Jackson,” said Bangor coach Tennett, who felt his club had one of its best shooting nights of the season.
Senior Hilary Sivik, playing in her final high school game, did all she could to keep the Rams close with 12 points — all from the perimeter — while Hillary Throckmorton also had 12 and Comstock 10.
“Hilary [Sivik] had a great night shooting the ball, I was really happy for her being a senior,” Tennett said. “I’m very proud of the way our kids played all year.”
Valley was a force defensively for Brewer, coming away with seven steals, four in the second half.
“I think that we saw that they could play with us so we just decided that [if] they couldn’t score, they couldn’t win,” said Adams.