Bangor High School used its length and its aggressive and cohesive 1-2-2 zone to hold Brewer to just four baskets and a 12.9 percent shooting from the floor en route to a comfortable a 38-12 girls basketball victory Friday night at Red Barry Gym in Bangor.
Senior guard Rowan Andrews paced the Class AA Rams (8-4) with a game-high 13 points to go with six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Junior forward Libby Fleming contributed 11 points and six rebounds and her twin sister, Abby Fleming, produced eight points and four rebounds.
Freshman point guard Emmie Streams logged a game-high three assists along with four rebounds and a 3-pointer and junior Maggie Cowperthwaite chipped in with four rebounds and three steals.
“We brought our intensity to our defense,” said Andrews, the Rams’ lone senior. “We preached it all week in practice and we really executed it tonight. We were communicating and were closing out on the shooteers very well.”
Bangor has held teams to an average of 39.8 points this season, including 31.4 over the last five games.
Senior guard Kenzie Dore’s six points, five rebounds and two steals led Class A Brewer (2-11). Grace Robertson hit a 3-pointer, Brewer’s only points in the first half. Brooke Merrow grabbed five rebounds and Janessa Bishop hauled down four.
“That’s the first time we’ve seen a zone like that and Bangor did a great job with it,” Brewer coach Chris Horr said. “They’re long and athletic.
“I didn’t mind our long possessions but our kids got antsy and would either turn the ball over or not take a high-quality shot,” he said.
Brewer is averaging 32 points per game and has been held to 15 points or fewer three times.
“We struggle with our shooting. We work on it all the time,” Dorr said.
Bangor sandwiched 9-0 and 11-0 runs around Robertson’s 3-pointer, which came with 1:25 left in the first quarter, and took a 20-3 lead into the intermission.
Brewer went 1-for-14 from the floor in the first half as the taller Rams used their long arms and excellent positioning to contest virtually every shot.
Bangor also controlled the boards, limiting the Witches to few offensive rebounds while pulling down a bunch themselves.
Streams’ 3-pointer from the right corner triggered Bangor’s game-opening 9-0 run. Andrews followed with a short jump shot, Libby Fleming hit a 6-foot baseline jumper off an Andrews feed and Abby Fleming scored off an inbounds pass from under the basket.
After Robertson’s 3-pointer, Abby Fleming and Andrews closed out the quarter with threes to make it 15-3.
Bangor rattled off 15 unanswered points spanning the third and fourth quarters to build the lead to 35-5.
The Witches used a variety of zones against the Rams to try limit their inside game, which hurt them in an earlier 54-39 loss to Bangor on Dec. 21.
Brewer used a player-to-player defense in their first meeting but Horr said his team got worn down in the second half.
The zones left Bangor with some open looks outside and the Rams hit six 3-pointers including three by Andrews.
“We moved the ball really well against their zones and were getting open shots,” Libby Fleming said.
“We haven’t seen many zones,” Andrews said. “We have been getting the ball inside and domininating the boards so teams now have to pack it in inside and that enables us to shoot outside.”