Sophomore center Emily Curtis scored 16 points, corralled 10 rebounds and made five steals, all game highs, as third-seeded Woodland beat No. 6 Katahdin of Stacyville 59-33 Monday morning in a Class D North girls basketball quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Woodland (14-5) plays No. 2 Deer Isle-Stonington, a 57-28 winner over Ashland on Monday, in Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. semifinal. Katahdin wound up 9-10.
Senior forward Katie Erskine had 15 points, three rebounds and three steals, and senior guard Sadie Smith contributed 13 points, three rebounds and three steals for Woodland. Sophomore guard Emily Erskine finished with seven points, five assists and three rebounds, and senior guard Brooke Russell chipped in with four points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Senior forward Madison Landry had seven points for Katahdin and senior guard Hannah Kyllonen had six. Landry also grabbed four rebounds. Freshman Makayla Hartsgrove came off the bench and scored six points. Junior guard Lily Cullen chipped in with four points, four rebounds and four assists and freshman Emily Beyer came off the bench and had four points, all in the first half.
The Dragons went a perfect 13-for-13 from the foul line in the first half and forced 16 turnovers with their full-court press en route to building a 31-15 lead at the intermission and Katahdin couldn’t get any closer than 13 the rest of the game.
The Dragons went on a 12-2 run to start the second period and build their lead to 25-12. Curtis and Sadie Smith each scored five points during the run.
The Dragons scored the final six points of the first half on two Abigail Walker free throws, a Sadie Smith jumper off a Summer Woodruff pass and Katie Erskine’s foul line jumper.
“We really moved the ball around their zone well,” said Curtis. “And our free throw shooting really helped. We usually shoot 60 to 70 percent from the free throw line.”
They wound up shooting 78 percent from the foul line with most of the misses being by the reserves, who finished out the game.
“We try to get them to shoot 70 percent during practice and they’ve only done it once this season,” said Woodland coach Michelle Ripley whose team forced the Cougars into committing 24 turnovers.