BANGOR — Washburn High School girls basketball coach Mike Carlos wasn’t irritated.
He just wanted to make a point.
He doesn’t feel his freshman point guard, Carmen Bragg, has received the recognition she deserves.
That may change after her 20-point, four-rebound, two assists performance in a 56-26 win over Bangor Christian in their Eastern Maine Class D quarterfinal at the Bangor Auditorium on Monday afternoon.
“To be honest with you, I’ve read everything I could read thus far and there is nothing mentioned about her,” said Carlos. “You get to hear about people in Van Buren (Parise Rossignol) and all these other people. But if you look at one person who has had the best season of all (the freshmen), it’s Carmen.
“She averages 12 points a game, four or five assists and all the steals she has made. The accumulation of work makes her so much more valuable than the points she has produced,” said Carlos.
“She’s a very legitimate player,” said Washburn senior forward Rebecca Campbell. “We’re very lucky to have her on our team. She hits 60-70 percent of her shots.”
“She’s an outstanding player,” said Fort Fairfield coach Larry Gardner. “She has been to our basketball camps in the summer. She’s very competitive. She never stops. She has a lot of poise.”
“I like her a lot. You think she wants to transfer?,” quipped Bangor Christian coach Phil Robinson. “She’s a very good ballplayer. She moves well, she passes well and defends well. She’s a good all-around ballplayer.”
Bragg admitted that she was a “little bit nervous” before her first tournament game at the Bangor Auditorium.
“But many people told me that once I was out there, it would be just like a regular game and they were right,” said Bragg, who hit four of her seven three-point attempts and went 8-for-19 overall from the floor. “During warm-ups, once I got to hold the ball and did the normal routine, I got comfortable.
“I just try to look for my shot whenever I can and move the ball. I try to execute,” said Bragg who enjoyed her first tourney game.
“It was fun,” said Bragg.
Washburn has multi-sport athletes
Washburn has three players who played soccer and also ran cross country in the fall in Bragg, Carysn Koch and Nicole Olson.
All are freshmen.
Koch won the state Class C championship by clocking a time of 19 minutes, 36.50 seconds over the 5K course in Belfast while Bragg was third in 20:53.97. It was the first time in seven years that Washburn had a cross country team.
Koch said running cross country and playing soccer “keeps you in shape.”
Koch, Bragg and Olson play on a Washburn team that presses full court so their conditioning is advantageous.
“We like to run,” said Bragg.
Koch said she was “definitely more nervous before the cross country meets. Soccer and basketball have more of a team aspect. You can go through things together (with your teammates). There’s more one-on-one (interaction) with your coach.
“When you’re running a great distance, you don’t have a coach with you along the way encouraging you,” said Koch.
She said having coaches close by communicating with her eases her nerves.
She enjoyed her first experience at the Bangor Auditorium Monday but noticed one major difference between running in a state cross country and playing in the Eastern Maine Class D tournament.
“It was hot in there,” she grinned.
Carlos made a bold prediction pertaining to Koch.
“By her junior year, you might see her dunk the ball,” said Carlos. “She has unbelievable leaping ability.”