Gray-New Gloucester High School’s Eliza Hotham and Brianna Jordan stretched Wells High School out with a flurry of three-point buckets in the first half, giving the top-seeded Patriots a big lead they’d never give up in Thursday’s Class B South girls’ semifinal game in Portland.
Hotham buried three three pointers for nine first-half points, while Jordan hit two long-range baskets and drew a foul on a third, hitting all three free throws for nine points of her own by the half. Behind the duo’s combined 18 points, Gray-New Gloucester built a 24-14 halftime lead and held on the rest of the way for a 48-34 final victory.
Hotham added 10 more points — including another three-pointer — in the second half to finish with a game-high 19. Jordan would finish with 11.
The Warriors put up a fight down the stretch, cutting the lead down to seven points with just more than four minutes remaining, but the Patriots got enough offense in the final minutes to rebuild their lead and secure the victory.
Wells was led by Mallory Aromando, who scored 13 points in the loss.
With the win, the Patriots improve to 18-2 and move on to the regional final Saturday at 1 p.m. back at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, where they will play No. 3 Freeport High School, winners of a 49-42 overtime semifinal game against No. 7 Cape Elizabeth High School Thursday.
The Warriors finish their season with a 13-7 mark.
Gray-New Gloucester was eliminated from the tournament last year in the semifinal round by eventual regional champion Lake Region High School of Naples.
Wells lost to Freeport in the quarterfinal round last season.