BREWER — Kim Jordan only scored three points Tuesday night, but they couldn’t have come at a better time for the Bangor senior guard.
Jordan threw in a 30-footer to beat the first-quarter buzzer, and the Rams were off and running from there, as Jordan’s shot sparked an 11-2 first-half run that carried Bangor to a 48-30 victory over rival Brewer.
Jordan was unguarded as she carried the ball over the midcourt stripe, and threw up a high, arching shot that bounced off the backboard and in.
“I looked up at the clock, there was only a few seconds left so I just shot it and hoped that it would go in,” said Jordan, who helped Bangor improve to 2-1 on the young season while Brewer falls to 1-3.
Hillary Throckmorton led all scorers with 19 points on 9-for-16 shooting for the Rams, and she scored six straight second-quarter points to help Bangor take a 19-6 lead with just under four minutes to play in the first half.
The Witches’ first field goal of that quarter didn’t come until Morgan Small’s layup with 3:15 to go, and a follow-up shot by Bri McKenna and lay-in from Kristen Henigan kept Bangor’s lead at double-digits (23-13) at the break.
“Kimmy’s shot definitely sparked (us), we just got on a roll, we get all pumped up, everyone’s screaming for each other, everyone’s just going crazy,” Throckmorton said.
The Rams started the second half on a 9-2 run, with five points coming from Throckmorton, to go up 17, but the Witches scored the next nine points, highlighted by perimeter shots form Holly Nickerson and Small, to creep back within eight points.
But another follow-up hoop from McKenna and a short baseline jumper by Morgan Johnson evaporated all hopes for a Brewer comeback.
“They play hard, so I said to the kids when they were up 10 at halftime, 10 for this team is really like two because they play hard,” said Bangor coach Katie Herbine.
Bangor’s man-to-man defense, which featured an occasional press, forced 18 Brewer turnovers while limiting the Witches to nine field goals.
“We talk on defense so we all know whats coming and we help each other a lot,” Jordan said.
The Rams also did a solid job on the offensive glass, with McKenna spearheading that effort with four offensive boards while sophomore point guard Denae Johnson sparked the defense with three steals.
“We’ve got a lot of (tall) kids which helps us out on the rebounding so I was happy with their effort,” Herbine said.
Even though Bangor missed a few layups, the Rams still shot a solid 23-for-59 (38 percent) from the floor.
“We’re going to continue to work on our layups, the coaches want it to be perfect right away so we’ll continue to work,” Herbine said. “We’re improving with every game, so that’s all I can ask.”
Despite the fact that Brewer never got closer than 12 in the final period, the Rams never stopped playing hard.
“Brewer always plays a good game against us, we always have to work hard,” Jordan said. “You can never give up.”
The Witches were 9-for-13 from the foul line, with Holly Nickerson leading all Brewer scorers with seven points. Rylee Hutchins and Small had six apiece, with Small and Maddy Bailey each recording three steals.