February 19, 2020
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Calais sets 3-point record in lopsided C North win over Madawaska

Pete Warner | BDN
Pete Warner | BDN
A rebound is up for grabs between Sage Phillips (left) and Elizabeth Bitar (32) of Calais and Madawaska's Brianne Thibeault during Wednesday's Class C girls basketball quarterfinal in Bangor.

BANGOR, Maine — Junior guards Lauren Cook and Olivia Huckins not only helped Calais win its Class C quarterfinal Wednesday morning, but were a major part of a record-setting performance in long-range shooting.

Cook drained six 3-pointers and Huckins added five, and the Blue Devils broke the Class C North tournament record for 3-point field goals made in a game with 12 in a 74-42 victory over Madawaska at the Cross Insurance Center.

[Check out the latest C North girls tourney bracket standings here]

Skowhegan held the previous mark with 11, established in 2006.

The Blue Devils nailed seven 3-pointers during a first half in which they ran out to a 35-24 lead. Cook and Huckins had three each, while sophomore backcourt mate Sophie McVicar had the other.

Pete Warner | BDN
Pete Warner | BDN
Sophia McVicar (4) of Calais makes a pass while being guarded by Madawaska's Brianne Thibeault during Wednesday morning's Class C girls basketball quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Nedra Bassett of Calais looks on.

Cook put in three more 3s in the second half, while Huckins had two.

“I’m quite lucky to play on this team and we love shooting 3s, that’s for sure,” Huckins said. “We are all very unselfish and want what’s best for each other.”

“It feels awesome to be part of tournament history,” Cook said. “We are guard-oriented and love to shoot 3-pointers. If the defense comes out on us, then we drive.”

Pete Warner | BDN
Pete Warner | BDN
The Calais High School girls' basketball team bench celebrates as the team wins its C North quarterfinal win over Madawaska.

Cook scored a game-high 29 points and Huckins notched 24 as the No. 6 Blue Devils improved to 18-1 and advanced to Friday’s 7:05 p.m. semifinal against either No. 2 Dexter or No. 7 Fort Fairfield.

“I thought we pushed the ball really well and played calmly as a team and together,” Huckins said.

“We played really fast offensively and defensively,” Cook said. “We knew we had outrun them because they are a lot bigger than us, and that’s what we did.”

Pete Warner | BDN
Pete Warner | BDN
Brianne Thibeault (11) of Calais dribbles against Calais defender Olivia Huckins as Sage Phillips (33) of Calais looks on during a Class C North quarterfinal game in Bangor on Wednesday morning.

Jenna Dugal tallied 18 points for the third-seeded Owls, which finished with a 15-5 record. Freshman Chantal Ackely totaled 10 points and Brianne Thibeault added nine for Madawaska.

“We just made too many mistakes,” said Owls’ coach Dean Gendreau. “We’d get a stop and didn’t score, and when they made a stop or forced a turnover, they took advantage on the other end.

“They were really skilled and have some really good shooters, and their post players look to get it back out to their shooters. They’re a very good team,” he added.

Pete Warner | BDN
Pete Warner | BDN
Riley Lausier of Madawaska makes an entry pass to teammate Jenna Dugal (second right) as Olivia Huckins (23) and Elizabeth Bitar or Calais defend during Wednesday's Class C North girls quarterfinal basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.


Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified Olivia Huckins.

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