BANGOR, Maine — Jay High School only led for 35 seconds in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Class C state final against George Stevens Academy.
Fortunately for the Tigers, those were the final 35 seconds of the game.
Liz LeBlanc’s 18-foot jumper from the left wing propelled Jay into the lead with 35 seconds remaining, and the Tigers made consecutive defensive stops from there to annex their first-ever state title, 44-38 over the Eagles of Blue Hill at the Bangor Auditorium Saturday night.
Jay finishes 19-4 and George Stevens 18-4.
After a GSA timeout following LeBlanc’s bucket, the Eagles had a great chance to take the lead, as Maddie Park cut behind the Tiger defense and had a wide-open layup off the inbounds pass, but it rolled off.
After Mallory Bonnevie hit the front end of a 1-and-1 on Jay’s next possession to make it 40-38, Stevie Theoharidis’ game-winning 3-point attempt hit the back of the iron and glanced over the backboard, resulting in a turnover.
Bonnevie hit two free throws to ice it.
Bonnevie and LeBlanc finished with 12 points apiece to lead Jay’s balanced effort while Hillary Deane added 11 more.
Alida Peake paced George Stevens with 14 points while Park had 12 and India Frazier eight.