Hartin twins inseparable for Central Aroostook
BY LARRY MAHONEY
AND ERNIE CLARK
OF THE NEWS STAFF
BANGOR — The Eastern Maine Class D schoolgirl tournament quarterfinals got a double-dose of Hartin Monday afternoon.
Twin sisters Brianna and Chelsea Hartin are the starting guards for Central Aroostook High School of Mars Hill after transferring from Greater Houlton Christian Academy two years ago.
Washburn upset Central Aroostook 38-27 on Monday.
Brianna is one minute older than her sister and they admit they are inseparable.
“We’ve played [basketball] together since seventh grade. I can’t play without her,” said Chelsea Hartin.
“I had one game this year, [Chelsea] passed out on the floor and had to go out for a while,” said Brianna. “When she went out, I kind of fell apart. When she came back in, I started doing better.
“We’re best friends. It’s unusual. You talk to other twins and they’ll say they’re close and whatever but Chelsea and I are [real] close,” added Brianna.
They are competitive with each other but in a positive way.
“We are competitive but in a friendly and encouraging way,” said Brianna. “It’s not that we necessarily want to beat each other but it’s more in a way that we want to live up to the other one’s standards. It’s more to try to motivate the other one than to beat the other one.”
“It’s only healthy,” said Chelsea. “It helps us push ourselves. We’re happy for each other if the other one does better.”
They are identical and they admit it causes problems for coach Rodney Codrey.
“He doesn’t even call us by our names, just by our numbers,” chuckled Chelsea. “We’re referred to as twin here and twin here.”
The girls are enjoying their time at Central Aroostook.
“This is just our second year playing with all the girls. It’s a great group of girls. It has been a good transition. We’ve had a fun season,” said Brianna.
McCarthy’s double three-peat
Katahdin of Stacyville senior forward Evan McCarthy achieved a rarity during the Cougars’ quarterfinal loss to defending state champion Central Aroostook of Mars Hill on Monday.
The 5-foot-10 forward twice was fouled while attempting 3-point shots during a 1 minute, 31 second span of the fourth quarter, and each time he made all three free throws in leading a Katahdin comeback.
“I think that’s the first time I’ve shot three free throws at a time this year, and it happened twice” said McCarthy. “I had a four-point play earlier, but this was the first time I’ve shot the free throws like that.
McCarthy’s first triple-shot attempt drew coach Shaun Craig’s club within 55-50 with 2:45 left in the game, and all three shots went smoothly through the net.
The second foul came with 1:14 remaining, but McCarthy didn’t know he had a third shot coming until after he made the second shot.
“I pump-faked, the defender went by me and I took a dribble, and I thought I was inside the 3,” said McCarthy. “So after I shot my second [free throw] I started to walk away to play defense, and then they told me I had another shot.”
Those three free throws kept Katahdin within 63-56 — but Central Aroostook preserved the win with some accurate free-throw shooting of its own.
The Panthers made 9 of 10 tries from the line in the game’s final 90 seconds, and went 23 of 27 for the game en route to a 70-64 win.