The Marshwood Hawks didn’t particularly like the 14-1 deficit they faced seven minutes into Saturday’s Class A girls basketball state final against Hampden Academy at Portland’s Cross Insurance Arena.
Yet they didn’t let adversity get them down.
The South Berwick team regrouped by the end of the first quarter and went on to outscore the Broncos 41-18 the rest of the way for a 42-32 victory and the program’s first gold ball since 1995.
“We were getting good shots,” coach Steve Freeman said of his team’s slow start. “We got a lot of layups that didn’t fall and a lot of looks that we normally make, and we thought if we stuck with it we were going to be fine.”
Senior forward Casey Perry scored 14 points — including her first 3-pointer of the season — and grabbed 15 rebounds to pace the Hawks. Senior guard Angelina Bisson scored eight of her 11 points after intermission while Marshwood’s defense limited Hampden to nine second-half points.
Marshwood also outrebounded Hampden 36-22, with many coming off the offensive glass to provide the Hawks numerous second chances.
“They were getting rebounds from guards, they were getting rebounds from other perimeter players, and that just extends possessions and makes you play defense longer,” Hampden coach Nick Winchester said.
Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...
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