February 14, 2020
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Waterville girls beat Ellsworth to return to semifinals

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Waterville’s Kali Thompson takes the ball down court by Ellsworth’s Jocelyn Jordan, right, in first half action of the Class B girls quarterfinal game on Friday.

The second-seeded Waterville girls basketball team beat Ellsworth 65-32 in a B North quarterfinal matchup on Friday evening at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Waterville returns to the semifinals with an 18-1 record and plays No. 3 Presque Isle (15-3), a 53-46 winner over No. 6 Winslow in Friday’s early game, on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. in Bangor.

Tenth-seeded Ellsworth ends its season with an 11-9 record, after upsetting No. 7 Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor in the preliminary round.

Ellsworth did not reach the quarterfinals in the 2019 tournament.

The Purple Panthers blitzed the Eagles early with their relentless 2-2-1 trapping press, which they turned into a handful of Ellsworth turnovers and some easy transition baskets.

Already leading 10-4 midway through the first quarter, Waterville rattled off 11 points in the last 3:16 of the period. Abigail Martin ignited the run with a 3-pointer, then Paige St. Pierre scored a layup off a Kali Thompson steal.

Thompson’s rebound hoop, and a rebound basket by Maddy Martin made it 21-4 Waterville with 45.9 seconds remaining in the half.

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