A long drought will come to an end on Friday night when the 20-1 Hermon High School girls basketball team takes on 15-6 Wells in the 7 p.m. Class B state championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Hermon is playing in its first state title game since 1994, while Wells is making its first championship-game appearance since a 1979 loss to Hodgdon in Class C.
Wells has never won a state championship and Hermon hasn’t hoisted a gold ball since 1989.
“It’s a pretty good matchup,” Hermon coach Chris Cameron said. “They play mostly man-to-man, full-court and half-court, and the Ramsdell sisters [senior Franny and sophomore Grace] are their leading scorers.
He said Wells likes to run and push the ball in transition, but also spread the floor and look to penetrate in their half-court set.
“We’ll need to control the boards and play good defense. One of our goals is to hold teams to 35 points or less,” Cameron said.
Class B North tourney Most Valuable Player Paige Plissey is likely to guard Franny Ramsdell after holding Waterville’s leading scorer, Sadie Garling, to one point in their B North title game win. Hawks senior forward Grace Page and sophomore guard Maddie Lebel joined Plissey on the all-tourney team.
The 5-10 Page and 6-0 Meg Tracy provide Hermon with a strong inside game and the 6-0 Lebel supplies perimeter points. Plissey is a multifaceted point guard.