BANGOR, Maine — Parise Rossignol’s Bangor Auditorium debut was certainly a successful one as the Van Buren sophomore lit up the old barn for 33 points while dishing out nine assists, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking five shots to power the fourth-ranked Crusaders to a 72-45 Eastern Maine Class D quarterfinal win over No. 5 Shead of Eastport on Monday.
Ashley Wilson added 14 points for coach Matt Rossignol’s Crusaders, who at 16-3 take on the winner of Monday night’s second basketball game between Deer Isle-Stonington and Washburn.
Shead finishes at 13-6.
Rossignol displayed superior quickness, outstanding shooting skills and exceptional floor vision, and even though the Tigerettes threw a triangle-and-two look at her, Rossignol was quick to find open teammates such as Wilson, Felisha Bouchard (nine points) and Natasha Bourgoin (six points).
While Rossignol did toss in 13 first-half points, her teammates also contributed shots to help the Crusaders forge a 36-23 halftime advantage.
Wilson was particularly dominant inside, scoring 12 points, with all of them coming within 10 feet of the basket.
Six of those points came during an 8-0 run to start the second quarter, which gave Van Buren a 12-point lead.
While Shead did claw back to make it a four-point game at 27-23, the Crusaders scored the half’s final nine points, eight coming from Wilson and Rossignol.
Shead was led by Vanessa Patterson and Jenna Demolet with 14 points apiece.