BANGOR — It had all the ingredients of a thriller.
It was the No. 4 team in the Eastern Maine Class A schoolgirl basketball Heal points standings in Oxford Hills of South Paris visiting the No. 6 Bangor High School Rams in a makeup game Monday night at the Red Barry Gym. Both teams entered the game at 7-3.
But there turned out to be very little drama as coach Katie Herbine’s Rams rattled off 20 unanswered points in the first quarter and cruised to a 65-36 triumph.
The Vikings simply had no answer for Bangor’s twin towers: 6-foot-2 sophomores Cordelia Stewart and Mary Butler as Stewart scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Butler contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior point guard Denae Johnson also played an integral role in the win as she had 14 points, three rebounds and two steals. Sarah Bragg had eight points and Jordan Seekins and Rachel Taft had five apiece.
Junior guard Crystal West led Oxford Hills with nine points and Abbie Eastman had five to go with four rebounds. Molly Johnson, Kelsey DeBlois and Tianna Sugars had four points each.
Bangor mixed up its defenses, using 1-2-2 and 1-3-1 zones to go with occasional full-court pressure, to force a number of Vikings turnovers while also completely controlling the boards.
Bangor outrebounded Oxford Hills 39-13.
After a West 3-pointer gave Oxford Hills a 3-2 lead, the Rams went on their 20-0 run with Stewart scoring 11 points and Johnson accounting for six more. Taft chipped in with a 3-pointer.
The Vikings couldn’t get any closer than 15 the rest of the way.