BANGOR, Maine — A Class D girls Eastern Maine semifinal matchup is set after No. 2 Schenck and No. 3 Hodgdon each advanced off spectacular performances by its star players.
No. 3 Hodgdon was able to comfortably escape No. 6 Van Buren in an Eastern Maine Class D quarterfinal, as senior guard Mariah Wiley led the way in a 53-41 girls basketball win Saturday night at the Bangor Auditorium.
Following that contest, Schenck routed Jonesport-Beals 53-31 behind senior guard Kristin Thompson’s 24 points.
Hodgdon had the difficult task of shutting down Van Buren’s Parise Rossignol, who finished with 30 points.
“I’m proud of them,” said Hodgdon coach Vaughn Farrar. “You never know when your last time coming back is.”
Hodgdon jumped out to an early lead, with a deep 3-pointer by Mariah Wiley giving the Hawks a 15-4 lead. Back-to-back and-ones by Parise Rossignol brought the Crusaders back into it, but stifling defense by Hodgdon in the second quarter opened the lead to 31-16.
Wiley finished the first half with 13 points, including 3-of-9 from 3-point range. Rossignol was partly stymied by a box-and-one defense, but managed to score 14 of Van Buren’s 16 first-half points.
“She’s a great shooter,” said Van Buren coach Matt Rossignol of Wiley. “That forced us into a hole and a defense we weren’t comfortable with.”
Van Buren cut the deficit slightly in the third quarter, narrowing the score down to 35-25 entering the final stanza of play.
Hodgdon began to pull away at the beginning of the fourth quarter, as Wiley followed two free throws with a deep 3-pointer, giving the Hawks a 40-25 lead.
Hodgdon survived a brief run by Rossignol and Van Buren in the fourth quarter to move on to the semifinals.
Wiley led the Hawks with 19 points including three 3-pointers.
“[Wiley] came through in the clutch,” Farrar said. “Every girl stepped up tonight.”
In the tournament’s first full-day finale, Schenck led almost the entire game, except for a 5-4 Jonesport-Beals lead early in the first before upending the Royals 53-31.
After a low-scoring first quarter, Schenck opened up an 11-point lead in the second quarter, going into the half up 23-12. Thompson finished the first half with 10 points.
“She drives us,” said Schenck coach Darrick Thompson. “She’s out heart, our motor. We let her generate it out of her hand and she gets a lot of opportunities out of sheer will and hard work.”
Jonesport-Beals couldn’t get in its zone, as the offense never clicked for the Royals, as they shot 12-of-39 for the game.
“We were a little nervous, you could see it in our shooting,” said Jonesport-Beals coach Adam Merchant. “We were missing some open looks.”
The second half saw more of the same, as Schenck continued on the offensive end, opening up a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter. Merchant credited Schenck’s perimeter defense as a deterrent.
“The pressure up front was making it difficult to get in down low,” he said.
Jonesport-Beals sophomore forward Catherine McDonald led the Royals with 13 points.
Schenck is anticipating a prepared Hodgdon team Thursday.
“That’s a good solid team right there,” Thompson said. “Vaughn will be ready. Hodgdon is a great team all around.”
The two teams meet Thursday at 2:05 p.m.