Waterville’s Kali Thompson goes up for a shot by Presque Isle defender Annalise Jandreau in the first half of the girls class B semi final game at the Cross Insurance Center on Wednesday.

The second-seeded Waterville High School girls basketball team didn’t force as many turnovers as usual with its relentless full-court pressure during Wednesday afternoon’s 54-38 Class B North tournament semifinal victory over third seed Presque Isle at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

But the Panthers limited the 3-point-shooting Wildcats to six threes on 22 attempts, received at least eight points from five players and outrebounded PI 33-18 to earn their second straight berth in the Class B North championship game.

“We worked real hard on defense, making sure we closed out on their [3-point] shooters when we needed to,” Waterville senior forward Maddy Martin said. “We didn’t want to let them get rolling.”

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Waterville (19-1) plays top seed Hermon (19-1) in Saturday’s 2 p.m. title game in Bangor.

Presque Isle finished at 16-4.

“Our kids made the coaching staff look good,” Waterville coach Rob Rodrigue said. “They were disciplined in their rotations. We gave [PI] quite a bit inside but we weren’t going to let their great [3-point] shooters beat us.”

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High-jumping 5-foot-7 junior forward Kali Thompson came off the bench and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to go with nine points.

“She’s fantastic,” Rodrigue said.

Junior point guard Jayda Murray turned in a superb performance as she had 14 points and two assists while playing nearly the entire game because Paige St. Pierre got in foul trouble.

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“Murray really hurt us going to the basket and making plays,” PI coach Jeff Hudson said.

Martin provided 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Garling, Waterville’s leading scorer, finished with nine points, all in the second half, and Abby Saucier came off the bench and supplied eight points.

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Libby Moreau’s game-high 15 points and two steals led PI. Annalise Jandreau had eight points and three rebounds and Faith Sjoberg and Meg Casavant each had six points. Sjoberg also had two assists and two steals.

“We did a good job against their press but they just have too many players. They made a lot of shots in the first half,” Hudson said.

“They were the better team.”

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Waterville used a 15-7 run over the last 10 minutes of the first half to build a 31-20 halftime lead.

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Garling had five points during a 12-5 third-quarter run that built the lead to 18.

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