Sophomore center Cordelia Stewart and sophomore forward Mary Butler powered the Bangor girls basketball team to a 56-36 victory over rival Brewer in the first game of Thursday night’s Twin Cities Basketball Classic at the Bangor Auditorium.
The Bangor boys played Brewer in the second game as the rival schools marked the end of Class A basketball at the Auditorium, which will be replaced by the Cross Insurance Center next season.
The games were the regular-season finales for all four schools.
Stewart posted a game-high 21 points, including 11 in the third quarter, while Butler registered 16 points. Freshman guard Sarah Bragg added eight points for Bangor (14-4).
Senior center Morgan Small paced the Witches (9-9) with 15 points, and freshman forward Emily Gilmore had eight points.
The game was a battle underneath as the Rams tried to use their extra height, Stewart and Butler are both 6-foot-2-inches tall, to gain the edge on the Witches. Small and Gilmore are listed at 5-10 and are the tallest Brewer starters.
After a slow start as the teams adjusted to the tight quarters under the baskets, Bangor went on a 10-1 run to close out the first quarter for a 14-3 lead. The closest Brewer came after that was nine a couple of times, the last being at 43-34 on a Maddy Bailey basket with 6:42 remaining in the game. The Witches were able to get only one basket the rest of the way, though, as the Rams outscored Brewer 9-0 in the final five minutes.
Both teams will be in the Eastern Maine Class A playoffs next week. Bangor will probably be either second or third in the final Heal points. Brewer will play Cony of Augusta in a prelim game, with the site to be determined by whether Cony won or lost Thursday night.