VAN BUREN, Maine — Even for a girls basketball player who has scored more than 1,400 points in 2 1/2 years, Parise Rossignol’s 49-point game Thursday night in a 66-48 win over Fort Kent stands out.
The previously known top nights, since the Maine Principals’ Association started conducting the girls basketball state tournaments in 1975, were a pair of 47-point tourney efforts.
The first was by Cindy Blodgett of Clinton when she set the record while playing for Lawrence of Fairfield in the 1994 Eastern Maine Class A tournament. That was matched last February by Martha Veroneau of Waynflete of Portland in a Western Maine Class C semifinal win over Boothbay.
Bob Butler of York, who has been compiling the Heal points for the MPA for many years, has records showing higher totals than Rossignol’s, but they were scored under the old six-player system. Three of the players were on offense and three on defense, and nobody could cross half-court.
The highest total that Butler has records for, gleaned from newspaper accounts around Maine, including the Bangor Daily News, is a 72-point game by Anna Belanger for Mattawamkeag High School against Patten in 1954.
That same year, Barbara Crabtree of Camden scored 61 against Thomaston.
There were two 60-pointers. The first was by Lura Hoit for Hampden Academy against Higgins Classical Institute of Charleston in the 1920s.
Butler’s records don’t give an exact year. The second was by Elizabeth Timmons for Windham against Pennell Institute of Gray (now Gray-New Gloucester) in 1959.
Rossignol’s night in a key matchup against the then 6-1 Warriors started about average for her. She had 19 points at halftime.
The 5-foot-7 guard added 14 in the third quarter as the Crusaders pulled out to a 15-point lead. She posted another 16 in the final quarter when Fort Kent, which had cut its deficit to seven, started fouling to get the ball back, according to Matt Rossignol, Parise Rossignol’s coach and father.
“They never say die,” he said.
Many teams put multiple defenders on Rossignol to try to slow her production down or stop her. Fort Kent took a different route.
“They were playing straight man-to-man [defense],” said Matt Rossignol, “and she was hitting her shots.”
Parise Rossignol hit 17 of them, including four 3-pointers. She also converted 11 free throws.
Rossignol, who has committed to attend the University of Maine in fall of 2014, also had 17 rebounds.
“She’s an important part of the offense,” Matt Rossignol said, “but the other players set good screens for her.”
Matt Rossignol said he hopes to get more of his players involved in the scoring as the season continues.
“It [the 49 points] is a nice personal achievement, but I’d rather have balance,” he said.
He thinks that balance will come.
“The other girls are young,” the coach said. “They’re still learning how to play under pressure. They’re good shooters, and I’m encouraging them to do that.”
Felisha Bouchard, a sophomore guard, is one of the young players who is taking advantage of that encouragement. She also had a double-double for Van Buren on Thursday with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
“It was an important win, but the season is a journey,” he said.
Other high-scoring games that have been documented occurred during past schoolgirl tourney games. They include: Stephanie Carter of Schenck in East Millinocket, 46 points in 1988; Kerri Russell of Penquis in Milo, 46 in 1997; Tricia Carver of Jonesport-Beals, 43 in 1997 and Emily Ellis of Mount View in Thorndike, 43 in 1981.