Laking leads Woodland by Lubec

Posted Feb. 16, 2009, at 6:41 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Ashley Laking scored 22 points and Woodland’s pressure defense forced 31 Lubec turnovers as the top-ranked Dragons cruised to a 66-47 victory in an Eastern Maine Class D girls basketball quarterfinal at the Bangor Auditorium on Monday afternoon.

The win advances the defending state champions (18-0) to a semifinal on Thursday against No. 5 Washburn. No. 9 Lubec finishes at 13-7.

Lubec stayed within 32-24 at intermission thanks to 12 first-half points from senior guard Shelby Searles.

Woodland stretched its lead to double digits in the third quarter thanks to fullcourt pressure that featured the 5-foot-8 Laking and 5-7 Kelsey Burtt and 5-7 Molly White, whose collective height was too much for the smaller Lubec backcourt players.

The Dragons extended their lead to 50-33 late in the third quarter, then held Lubec without a field goal for more than three minutes of the fourth quarter.

White finished with 13 points and nine rebounds for Woodland, while Taylor Cochran had 11 points and nine rebounds and Burtt had six points and nine rebounds. Ariel Knights added seven rebounds for the Dragons, who finished with a 48-25 advantage on the backboards.

Searles had a game-high 24 points and six rebounds for Lubec. Amanda Huntley added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Hornets.

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