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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.