At East Millinocket, Kristin Thompson scored a game-high 20 points and her sister Morgan added 19 as the Schenck Wolverines turned back a challenge by Penobscot Valley of Howland to post a 72-47 girls basketball victory Monday night.
The visiting Howlers were hanging close at halftime, down 33-31, so the Wolverines went back to their aggressive man-to-man pressure defense in the second half.
Olivia Lewis stole Penobscot Valley’s inbounds pass to start the third quarter and drove in for a layup, and that set the tone for the rest of the half.
The open shots that Penobscot Valley’s Sammi Ireland and Molly McGinn had been getting against Schenck’s zone in the first half dried up.
Schenck pushed the lead as high as 17 points in the third at 52-35, then kept it going in the fourth.
It was the second point-worthy win in a row for the Wolverines, now 12-2 on the season in Eastern Maine Class D play. Penobscot Valley dropped to 8-6.
Katie Stanley added 15 points for Schenck.
McGinn led the Howlers with 19 points, Ireland added 18 and Kayla Dube had eight.