BANGOR, Maine — In a slight upset, No. 5 Mattanawcook Lynx took care of the Houlton Shiretowners 35-28 in an Eastern Maine Class C girls basketball quarterfinal at the Bangor Auditorium Tuesday night.
Missed free throws, layups and a number of turnovers led to Mattanawcook’s victory despite the Lynx shooting just 13-of-33 for the game.
“They were very nervous, even though they did have confidence and were ready to play,” Lynx coach Stephanie Dubay said.
Houlton couldn’t gain any offensive rhythm, shooting just 11-of-36 from the floor and 5-of-16 from the free-throw line.
“There was no offensive flow. You’ve got to credit their defense,” Houlton coach Shawn Graham said. “I don’t know what the numbers are, but our free throw shooting was abysmal.”
The Lynx had control of the game from the start, jumping out to a 13-6 lead after the first quarter. Senior forwards Taylor Blood and Ashley Libby combined for seven first-quarter points.
Houlton was able to take a chunk of the deficit away in the second quarter, holding the Lynx to just three points and one field goal. Yet, the Shiretowners were only able to score six points of their own to head into the break down 16-12.
Both teams scored 10 points in the third quarter before more defensive pressure by the Lynx shut down Houlton in the fourth quarter, which saw the Shiretowners score four points.
“We talked about defense and keying in on certain players,” Dubay said. “We got them in foul trouble and it makes a difference.”
Houlton had chances in the final quarter to keep the game close, but a couple crucial missed layups ended any hope.
“We missed some layups, we didn’t capitalize,” Graham said. “It’s a game of runs and we didn’t have that run.”