Third seed Presque Isle desperately needed a basket.
The Wildcats had gone seven minutes and 49 seconds without a basket and watched a seemingly comfortable 22-point lead reduced to six by a determined sixth-seeded Winslow Black Raider team in a Class B North girls basketball quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday.
Senior guard Maggie Castonguay delivered that basket, a 3-pointer with 4:38 remaining, to restore the lead to nine and the Wildcats received two clutch free throws from Annalise Jandreau with 33.4 seconds left to hold off the Black Raiders 53-46.
Presque Isle (16-3) plays No. 2 Waterville (18-1) in Wednesday’s 2 p.m. semifinal.
Winslow, which cut the lead to four with 1:07 remaining thanks to its full-court press, finished at 14-6.
“That was a big shot by Maggie. She does that all the time. She keeps everybody hyped up and excited to play,” said Presque Isle sophomore guard Faith Sjoberg, who scored a game-high 17 points.
Castonguay took a pass from Rebecca Rider along the left side and buried the three.
“I wasn’t really thinking at the time. I was open and I shot it. I had to have confidence it was going to go in,” Castonguay said.
“That was huge,” Presque Isle coach Jeff Hudson said.
Jandreau’s free throws followed five straight points by Winslow reserve junior guard Jenna Veilleux.
“She had the best free-throw shooting percentage in the conference,” said Hudson, who added that Jandreau was an 81 percent shooter from the free throw line.
The Wildcats shot 10-for-24 beyond the 3-point arc. Sjoberg was 5-for-12 and also grabbed four rebounds.
Jandreau finished with 11 points and Castonguay had a superb all-around game with 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Her rebounds and assists were game highs.
Senior guard Silver Clukey’s 14 points paced the Black Raiders.
Winslow junior guard Bodhi Littlefield contributed 12 points and four rebounds, and senior forward Grace Smith produced nine points and nine rebounds despite being in foul trouble and eventually fouling out. Veilleux had seven points and three rebounds.
Sjoberg had 11 first-half points as the Wildcats took a 32-20 lead into the intermission.
She hit her third 3-pointer 15 seconds after Castonguay ended a long PI 3-point drought with 1:35 left in the half.
Castonguay’s 3-pointer was the Wildcats’ first in the second quarter.