BANGOR, Maine – Foxcroft Academy’s first defensive priority Wednesday morning was to keep Fort Kent star Taylor Boucher from getting on track.
The top-ranked Ponies clamped down, holding Boucher without a field goal during the first half as coach Rachel Bousquet’s club built a 29-11 lead en route to a 52-36 Eastern Maine Class C quarterfinal win over the No. 9 Warriors at the Bangor Auditorium.
Foxcroft (16-3) takes on No. 5 Washington Academy of East Machias in Friday’s semifinal. The Raiders beat No. 4 Houlton 45-38 in the first game of the day.
In the late game, senior guard Sabrina Sharrow scored 14 of her game-high 17 points in the first half while highlighting a 16-4 second-quarter run with a couple of 3-pointers.
Foxcroft dominated the offensive glass in this one, scoring 14 second-chance points in building its lead while gathering 11 offensive boards.
Bekah Flanders was the other Pony in double figures, also scoring 17 points while Vanessa Lougee had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Boucher had 15 points to lead Fort Kent.
In the first game, Washington Academy (15-4), which played for an Eastern Maine championship a year ago, featured a balanced offense, with Bre Nicely leading the way with 11 points while three other Raiders contributed eight apiece.
Holding a 34-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter, a backdoor layup by Taylor Seeley and a jumper in the paint from Sarah Lehman gave coach Gary Wood’s club a 38-30 lead, and another backdoor layup by Seeley later in the period stretched it to double digits.
The Raiders never trailed after Christy Smith’s 3-pointer from the right wing halfway through the first quarter.
Smith, Andi Flanery and Lehman each finished with eight points while Flannery had seven rebounds and Nicely three blocked shots for WA.
Vanessa Sanderson paced all scorers with 20 points for Houlton, which concludes the season 14-5.