BANGOR, Maine — Even though the Lewiston girls basketball team hasn’t won a game in two years, Bangor junior Hillary Throckmorton wasn’t expecting an easy game.
”We don’t really look at the record, we need to go out and play our hardest,” she said.
The Rams’ 46-29 win Saturday afternoon at Red Barry Gymnasium may appear to have been an easy win, but it doesn’t reflect how hard the Blue Devils played.
“There are no easy games in this league anymore,” said Bangor coach Tom Tennett, whose club improved to 3-2. “There’s no quit in that team at all.”
The Bangor boys defeated Lewiston 77-33 in the first game of Saturday’s Class A doubleheader.
In the girls game, the offensive consistency Tennett has been searching for early in the season came to fruition.
While Throckmorton led the Rams with 13 points — six coming in the first quarter as Bangor coasted to a 16-6 lead — Deidra Johnson and Breianna Tocci each made solid offensive contributions.
“We got a little bit of balanced scoring, it was really good to be able to play everyone in the first half,” Tennett said. “That always makes it easier to come back and practice on Monday when everybody’s played a lot.”
Johnson scored all six of her points in the second quarter — scoring the final six points of the first half, in fact — while all eight of Tocci’s points came in the second half.
“Everyone stepped up and everyone was [making] shots,” Throckmorton said. “Deidra came off the bench and she was just going crazy out there. She just made everything she touched.”
That took some offensive pressure off Throckmorton and Kate Treadwell. Lewiston’s Atong Reyak, who stands 6-foot-2 and has a long wingspan, defended the post fairly well and the Rams’ interior players had some trouble getting open looks at the hoop.
“We really had to look for the wrap pass and our guards just kept shooting really nice shots,” Throckmorton said.
Bangor’s own defense was exceptional, and Tennett experimented with a zone press, which worked in forcing 34 Lewiston turnovers.
“That’s the first time we’ve really gone with a zone press, the first time we’ve gone to any type of zone this year,” he said.
The Rams led 27-12 at halftime and were up by as many as 24 in the second half.
Lewiston did a solid job defensively in the fourth quarter, holding the Rams without a field goal over the final eight minutes.
Reyak was the game’s high rebounder with eight for the Blue Devils, and she also blocked two shots. Throckmorton also had four steals for Bangor, along with Megan Doucette, while Treadwell hauled down seven rebounds.
In the boys game, coach Roger Reed’s club got back to the basics in coasting to an easy victory, as the Rams pounded the ball inside to Clark Noonan while sophomore Patrick Stewart enjoyed his finest game of the young season with a game-high 19 points.
Noonan was the Rams’ other double-digit scorer with 13 points, many of those coming on layups.
“The way the game started, we started out the way we want to play, getting the ball inside to our post players,” Reed said. “We got a pretty good half-court movement going in our motion.”
Bangor’s lead was only 14-6 after one quarter, as the Blue Devils hung tough for a while, but the Rams extended the margin to 30 by halftime as Stewart scored eight of his points in the second quarter.
“He’s going to be a very good player for us, he’s only a sophomore so he’s going to be good,” Reed said.
Jake Berube had eight points to lead Lewiston.
Bangor improved to 3-2 while Lewiston slipped to 1-4.