BANGOR, Maine — Even the flu couldn’t stop Kate Treadwell and the Bangor girls basketball team Tuesday night.
Treadwell, who has been battling illness over the last couple of days and missed school Monday, scored all 12 of her points in the second half while Brieanna Tocci canned a go-ahead 3-pointer with a little more than two minutes to play to lift the Rams to a 44-39 Class A victory over Brewer at Red Barry Gym.
“She really played well. We told her at halftime, you have to let us know if you’re too sick to play,” said Bangor coach Tom Tennett, whose club improves to 2-1. “She did a great job.”
The 6-foot Treadwell was a force underneath, grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds while junior forward Hillary Throckmorton led all scorers with 17 points while adding seven steals and eight boards.
The hardworking Witches, who feature six freshmen, made Bangor sweat for every point, forcing 28 turnovers, while Holly Nickerson and Amy Adams combined for six 3-pointers.
“Brewer’s very good. I think people underrate Brewer,” Tennett said. “They just come out and play hard. I thought Brewer played extremely well, Holly Nickerson hitting four 3’s in the second half.”
Both clubs struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first half, and Brewer went into halftime nursing a 14-10 lead.
But Bangor found some consistency on the offensive end after the break, scoring seven quick points, capped by Tocci’s 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Throckmorton and Treadwell found their range in the third quarter, combining for 16 of the Rams’ 21 points, while both did a solid job on the offensive boards.
“I thought when we got the ball inside in the second half we scored. When we got the ball inside in the first half, we missed easy shots,” Tennett said.
The Rams led by as many as five in the third quarter, but coach Andy Nickerson’s Witches kept battling, and Adams’ perimeter shot from the right corner gave the visitors a one-point lead before Treadwell answered with a layup on Bangor’s next possession.
While Throckmorton and Treadwell continued their dominance inside for Bangor, Adams and Nickerson kept firing away for Brewer from the outside. Nickerson hit a couple from downtown to give the Witches a fourth-quarter lead while Lindsay Houp’s driving layup along the baseline put Brewer up three with 4:46 left.
But Bangor’s 2-3 zone defense stiffened from there and didn’t allow another Brewer field goal the rest of the way while Tocci canned a 3-pointer from the left corner with 2:19 to play to put the Rams up for good.
A layup by Treadwell off a missed Brewer free throw iced it.
Even though the Rams did a better job on the offensive end in the second half, Tennett knows there is room for improvement.
“We’re really working hard to try to eliminate our turnovers. We did a much better job of that against Lawrence,” Tennett said. “[But] we turned it over in key situations tonight. We’ve got to eliminate those.”
Throckmorton, who narrowly missed a triple-double, is developing into one of the region’s well-rounded players, and she displayed that with her work on the backboards.
“I think that her overall game has gotten better,” Tennett said. “She needs to find ways to score. I think that’s what she’s learning how to do.”
Nickerson’s 12 points led Brewer while Morgan Small had nine, Adams eight and Houp seven.