May 31, 2020
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Bangor Christian’s Holmes sets personal mark in win

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Christian junior guard Whitney Holmes shattered her single-game high for points and Washburn High School’s Eastern Maine Class D tourney hopes Monday night.

Holmes scored 26 points, 11 more than what she believed was her previous high, and her fifth-seeded Patriots cruised to a 41-26 victory over the foul-plagued Beavers in their quarterfinal at the Bangor Auditorium.

Bangor Christian improved to 16-3 and will face top-ranked Central Aroostook of Mars Hills in Thursday’s semifinal.

Central Aroostook defeated No. 8 Jonesport-Beals 60-26 in Monday’s late game.

Fourth-seeded Washburn finished up at 13-6.

Holmes went 8-for-18 from the floor, including a 3-for-7 showing from three-point range, and 7-for-10 from the foul line. She also had four rebounds and two steals.

“I had a fun night,” said Holmes. “I just took my time and shot. They left me open. They were sagging in a little.”

Meredith Bean contributed nine points and eight rebounds and Emma Johnson chipped in with six points, four assists and four rebounds. Kristin Dillon had seven rebounds.

Rebecca Campbell had 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots to pace the Beavers, who shot 11-for-40 from the floor and 4-for-15 from the foul line. Sarah Sjoberg, who sat out a healthy portion of the first half with foul trouble, scored five points and Jordan Chandler had five rebounds.

Bean had seven second-quarter points and Holmes had six more as Bangor Christian outscored Washburn 15-2 to build a 14-point halftime lead.

Bangor Christian led by at least 11 the rest of the way.

Bangor Christian strung together an 11-0 run to start the second quarter and, after Rayah Saucier snapped the spree with a foul line jumper, baskets by Bean and Holmes closed out the half.

Washburn shot 3-or-17 in the first half and had 10 turnovers.

Washburn put together a five-point run in the third quarter to slice the lead to 24-13 but Holmes nailed a pair of momentum-changing three-pointers off passes from Johnson to close out the quarter.

The determined Campbell tried valiantly to rally her team in the fourth quarter with eight of her points.

Washburn cut the lead to 11 on four occasions but Holmes answered with a layup, two free throws, another free throw and a pass to Bean for a basket.

Three Washburn starters fouled out in the tightly-officiated game and another had four fouls.

In the late game, Central Aroostook used the early offense of Rachael Grew and an active 2-3 zone defense to defeat Jonesport-Beals.

The Panthers are now 17-2 on the season, while Jonesport-Beals finishes 10-10.

Grew, a 5-foot-4 sophomore guard, scored a game-high 23 points, including four 3-point goals. She scored 11 points in the first half as Central Aroostook built a 29-12 lead, and added 12 as the Panthers outscored Jonesport-Beals 31-14 after intermission.

“We started off kind of slow, we weren’t really clicking,” said Grew. “In the second half we came out and our chemistry finally clicked in.”

Victoria McIntyre, a 5-8 sophomore center, added 20 points — 13 in the fourth quarter — and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, while senior guard Chelsea Hartin scored 11 points and twin sister Brianna Hartin dished out five assists.

Morgan Beal led Jonesport-Beals with eight points.

Central Aroostook never trailed after two free throws by Kristen Long gave coach Rodney Codrey’s club a 2-1 lead with 5:14 left in the opening quarter.

Three straight 3-pointers, the first by Chelsea Hartin and then two by Grew, extended the Central Aroostook lead to 11-1.

But Beal came off the bench for Jonesport-Beals and provided an instant spark, making a mid-range jumper and a 3-pointer and then following a layup by Maegan Alley with a steal and a layup as the Royalettes scored nine straight points to pull within 12-10 early in the second quarter.

That would be the high point for Jonesport Beals, as Central Aroostook countered with 11 unanswered points, including a jumper and a 3-pointer by Grew and a follow-up basket and a layup by McIntyre that helped the Panthers move back out to a 23-10 lead.

After Jonesport-Beals Ashley Todd hit a jumper, Central Aroostook scored the next six points — four by Chelsea Hartin — to take as 17-point lead at intermission.

“The first half I wasn’t pleased whatsoever even though we were ahead by 17 points. Our defense was doing well, but our offense wasn’t,” said Codrey, whose team shot 9 of 25 from the field during the first two quarters.

Central Aroostook steadily increased its lead after intermission, with its zone defense not allowing Jonesport-Beals many close-range scoring opportunities and forcing numerous turnovers.

Grew scored 10 points in the third quarter as the Panthers’ lead grew to 43-20.

“We just talked about how we needed to step up our game and how bad we really wanted this game,” said Grew. “We all just told ourselves that we were going to suck it up and play our hearts out and come out with the win.”

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