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Shead holds off Wisdom girls in D North quarterfinals

Natalie Williams | BDN
Natalie Williams | BDN
Shead and Wisdom players battle for the rebound during the quarterfinal game at the Cross Insurance Center on Feb. 17.

Shead senior guard Cassidee Lawrence stepped to the free throw line in a tie game with 3:22 remaining in Monday’s Class D North schoolgirl tournament quarterfinal between No. 4 Shead of Eastport and fifth seed Wisdom High of St. Agatha.

Lawrence sank both foul shots and nailed an eight-foot baseline jumper 1:22 later as Shead survived a furious second-half rally to beat youthful Wisdom 39-34 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

“I pictured myself out there with 10 seconds left in a tie game even though there were 3 1/2 minutes left,” Lawrence said. “It was do-or-die and I had to make them both.”

Natalie Williams | BDN
Natalie Williams | BDN
Shead Captain Kiesha Scott carries the ball across the court during the Class D North girls basketball quarterfinals at Cross Insurance Center on Feb. 17.

Shead (13-6) plays top seed and two-time defending state champ Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook (19-0) in Thursday’s 3:30 semifinal.

Wisdom (11-8), which has three freshmen, two eighth-graders and two juniors on its seven-player roster, was making its first tourney appearance since 2016.

Natalie Williams | BDN
Natalie Williams | BDN
Captain Kiesha Scott laughs with her Shead teammates after a play during the Class D North quarterfinal on Feb. 17.

Eighth-grader Lilly Roy’s 3-pointer with 3:36 remaining capped a rally from a 17-point, first-half deficit to tie it for the Pioneers.

But Shead held Wisdom scoreless the rest of the way and Lawrence’s free throws gave the Tigerettes the lead for good.

Her baseline jumper off an Anashia Tucker pass gave them some valuable breathing room.

“I just tried to sneak around some girl [to get to the base line] and my shot went in,” Lawrence said.

Natalie Williams | BDN
Natalie Williams | BDN
Captain Halle Sullivan passes to her teammate as Wisdom defenders close in during the Class D North quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center on Feb. 17.

Roy’s 3-pointer capped an 11-2 run that tied the game. The 4-foot-10 point guard scored seven points during the run and fed 5-10 freshman center Olivia Ouellete for two baskets.

“We’re young, undersized and undermanned but these girls battled hard and gave me all they had. I was happy with them,” Wisdom coach Scott Pelletier said.

Natalie Williams | BDN
Natalie Williams | BDN
Wisdom Captain Abigail Lerman leaps as Shead's Halle Sullivan looks to pass during the Class D North girls basketball quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center on Feb. 17.
Natalie Williams | BDN
Natalie Williams | BDN
Shead and Wisdom players battle for possession during a jump ball at the Class D North girls basketball quarterfinals at Cross Insurance Center on Feb. 17.

Ryleigh Andrews’ 11 points and six rebounds paced Shead. Lawrence finished with eight points and four rebounds and Kiesha Scott produced seven points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Tucker chipped in with three points, six rebounds and two assists and Halle Sullivan had four points, five rebounds and two assists.

Natalie Williams | BDN
Natalie Williams | BDN
Shead Captain Halle Sullivan battles past Wisdom guard Lilly Ray during the Class D North girls basketball quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center on Feb. 17.
Natalie Williams | BDN
Natalie Williams | BDN
Shead's Kiesha Scott, left, battles for the ball against Wisdom's Savanna Hanlin during the Class D North girls basketball quarterfinals at Cross Insurance Center on Feb. 17.

Roy scored a game-high 13 points for Wisdom and also had four rebounds and three assists. Ouellette tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds and Emma Chamberland had six points, three rebounds and three steals.

Natalie Williams | BDN
Natalie Williams | BDN
Wisdom guard Abigail Lerman looks for her next move during the Class D North girls basketball quarterfinals at Cross Insurance Center on Feb. 17.

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