Bangor 61 at Brewer 57

Jan. 07, 2013, at 7 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — A fourth-quarter combination of strong inside play sprinkled with a few free throws were the keys as the Bangor High School girls basketball team fended off rival Brewer for a 61-57 victory Monday at the Brewer High gym.

A see-saw Eastern Maine Class A game for three quarters finally turned in Bangor’s favor as a 10-2 run gave the Rams a 56-47 edge over the Witches, the biggest lead of the night for either team.

With 1:03 remaining, the Witches’ Alexa Grindle poured in eight points in 30 seconds while Bangor (5-2) added only a Mary Butler free throw as Brewer (4-4) trimmed the Rams’ lead to 59-57 with 33.1 seconds to go.

Grindle missed another 3 with 26.8 left that would have given the Witches the lead.

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After two free throws by Bangor’s Denae Johnson in two separate trips to the line, Lindsay Houp’s 3-pointer just before the buzzer fell short.

Johnson led the Rams with 15 points, Rachel Taft posted 13, Sarah Bragg 12, Cordelia Stewart posted 10 and Mary Butler nine.

Grindle topped all scorers with 25 points for the Witches, including five 3-pointers. Morgan Small added 13 points and Emily Gilmore nine.

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