ASHLAND, Maine — The Ashland girls basketball team is moving on to the quarterfinals in Bangor after beating Jonesport-Beals, 53-37, in a Class D North preliminary playoff game Tuesday evening in Ashland.
Though the No. 9 seed Royalettes (6-13) were within striking distance of Ashland at halftime, it was a game largely dominated by the No. 8 Hornets (9-10). Ashland now travels to Bangor to face top-ranked and undefeated Southern Aroostook (18-0), 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Cross Insurance Center.
The top-scoring player for Ashland was Jamie Poulin, who had 17 points, including five of eight free throws. Juniors Hailee Cunningham and Willow Hall both had nine points.
Lydia Alley led Jonesport-Beals with 14 points, while freshman Caitlin Chambers and Kaylee Ireland both had eight points, five of which Ireland scored on free throws.
Tuesday night’s prelim started out as a low-scoring affair, with each team’s defenses shutting down drives. It would be the only quarter in the game in which either side scored in the single digits — Ashland with six points and Jonesport-Beals with four.