MADAWASKA, Maine — The Madawaska Lady Owls, now 15-4, will advance to the Class C North quarterfinals in Bangor on Feb. 20 at 9:35 a.m. against Calais after they pulled a 57-33 victory over the Fort Kent Lady Warriors (8-11) Tuesday evening.
Barely 20 seconds into the game, the Owls scored four points and did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. By the end of the first period, Madawaska held a 16-9 lead over Fort Kent with 10 of those points from Madawaska senior Jenna Dugal, who recently scored her 1000th point.
At halftime, Madawaska was up 31-17 thanks to three points from foul shots from Brianne Thibeault. Thibeault was also one of only two Owls to score a three-pointer, with the second coming from Cassidy Beaulieu in the third period.
Entering the fourth quarter, Fort Kent trailed Madawaska 49-28 but did not give up fighting until that last buzzer when they conceded to the Owls.
“The girls played hard, again we came up a little short on the offensive end,” Fort Kent girls coach Kelly O’Leary said. “The offense didn’t quite gel the way we wanted it to but the girls played hard like they always do and I was very proud of them.”
This was the last game for the 2018-2019 Warrior senior girls Hannah Daigle, Mikayla Pelletier and Emma Desjardins.
The Madawaska Lady Owl seniors will have their shot to continue forward in Bangor, and Coach Dean Gendreau said he couldn’t be more excited for the girls.
“Once we got our nerves under us, we were quite nervous during the first quarter, so once we got that under control, I think it flowed better, we played better, our defense and offense were run much better,” he said.