March 23, 2019
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Bangor girls hold off Hampden Academy with free throws for 11th win

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Bangor High School's Abby Feming (left) drives past Hampden Academy's Alydia Brillant during the game in Hampden Tuesday evening.

HAMPDEN, Maine — The Bangor High School Rams put on an incredible foul shooting exhibition in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s schoolgirl basketball game against Hampden Academy en route to a 50-43 victory.

The Rams went 16-for-16 from the line over the final eight minutes with junior guard Rowan Andrews going 8-for-8 and it enabled the Rams to hold off a Bronco rally.

Class AA Bangor improved to 11-6, while Class A Hampden fell to 13-4.

“Their free-throw shooting was incredible,” said Hampden Academy standout 6-foot-3 senior center Bailey Donovan, who had a monster double-double with 24 points and 22 rebounds along with four blocked shots and an assist.

“Everybody really hit their free throws tonight which is something we work on all practice,” said Andrews, who wound up 9-for-10 overall.

“Down the stretch, we showed a lot of composure and we made our free throws which was really nice to look at,” said Bangor coach Joe Nelson. “The girls played hard every possession down the stretch. We spaced it out a little bit. We were strong with our ball-handling. We went to the basket with strength. I’m very happy for the girls.”

Bangor had a 36-25 lead with 5:43 remaining but the Broncos went on an 8-0 run that included a rare four-point play by Sydney Hodgdon, who was fouled while nailing a 3-pointer.

Andrews stopped the run with two free throws to make it 38-33 with 2:42 remaining and Abby Fleming sank two more 26 seconds later to expand the lead to seven.

But the Broncos answered with a Camryn Bouchard 3-pointer and a Donovan basket underneath off an Alydia Brillant feed to cut the lead to two.

Maggie Cowperthwaite’s two free throws were answered by a Donovan basket and Bangor’s Libby Fleming and HA’s Donovan swapped a pair of foul shots to make it 44-42 with 23 seconds left.

Cowperthwaite sank two more free throws and after Donovan hit one free throw with 17.6 seconds remaining, Andrews made four over the final 15.8 seconds to clinch it.

Libby Fleming’s 15 points and nine rebounds led Bangor. She also had two assists and a blocked shot. Rowan Andrews had nine points, all free throws, and four rebounds. Abby Fleming and Cowperthwaite (six rebounds, two steals, one block) netted eight points each.

Sarah Hollis had four points and five rebounds and Abby Houghton came off the bench to provide four points and two assists for Bangor, which went 22-for-28 from the foul line.

“We put them in position to make free throws because we didn’t play with enough urgency in the first half. We came out flat and Bangor came out super aggressive like they do,” said HA coach Nick Winchester. “They like to play fast. I was surprised with how well they moved the ball against our zone. They got some pretty good looks.”

Hodgdon complemented Donovan’s effort for HA with 10 points. Amelia McLaughlin provided four points and two rebounds and Bouchard produced three points and three assists.

The Rams took an 18-15 lead into the intermission.

Bangor led by as many as seven in the second quarter but a 6-0 Bronco run cut the lead to one before Cowperthwaite closed out the half by converting an offensive rebound.

With Bangor leading 16-9, Camryn Bouchard fed Hodgdon for a 3-pointer and then found Donovan underneath for a pair.

Donovan added a free throw to make it 16-15.

Bangor led by as many as nine in the third quarter before a 6-0 run by the Broncos, featuring four points by Donovan, cut the lead to 28-25 before Hollis finished off the quarter by scoring off an offensive rebound.

Bangor rattled off the first six points of the fourth quarter on baskets by Olivia Sharrow and Houghton and two Andrews free throws before the Broncos answered with their 8-0 surge.

“We boxed out and moved the ball well. We got them moving so we could get open shots,” said Andrews. “We really stressed in the last couple of practices that defense was going to win us this game, not just on Bailey but on everybody around the perimeter.”


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