Camden Hills edges Belfast in clash of highly-ranked squadsKnowlton, Nelligan lead respective teams in late-season clash
Rockport — When two talented, highly-ranked opponents meet on the basketball court, more often than not, the game ends up being a tight, competitive affair.
That was the case Tuesday night, Feb. 5 as host Camden Hills edged Belfast 51-49 in a game of strong Eastern Class B high school girls hoop squads.
The Windjammers avenged a 61-47 loss to the Lions Dec. 18, thus the teams split two regular-season meetings.
On Tuesday, among the festivities was the presentation of flowers to Windjammer senior Jordan Knowlton for recently becoming the all-time Windjammer career points leader.
Knowlton was back to her court tricks Tuesday as her 27 points keyed the Windjammers to the victory.
The game was tight throughout, with Camden Hills leading 15-14 after one quarter and BAHS leading 25-21 at halftime. The hosts regained a 37-34 cushion after three stanzas.
Knowlton's effort outshone by a small margin another stellar performance from Lion Lexi Nelligan, who tallied 21 points.
For Camden Hills, Knowlton (13 rebounds) poured in 27 points; Megan LeGage, 12; Macy Buck, five; Rachel Pease, four; Bekah Hilt, two; and Annie Young, one. The Windjammers netted 14-of-21 free throws (67 percent), with Knowlton sinking 9-of-11 (82 percent). Pease also had 15 rebounds, six blocked shots and four steals. Hilt added five rebounds and two assists.
For Belfast, Nelligan tallied 21 points; Katrina Lapham, 12; Courtney Drinkwater, 10; and Breann Cummings, Madison Cummings and Ashley Littlefield, all two. The Lions netted 10-of-16 foul shots (63 percent).
Nelligan also had five rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals; Lapham, five assists, four steals and two rebounds; Drinkwater, six rebounds and three assists; Littlefield, six rebounds and two steals; and Madison Cummings, two assists, two steals and two blocks; and McKenzie Thibodea three rebounds.
Nelligan tallied 10 points in the fourth quarter to give her squad a chance to make the comeback, while Knowlton had nine points in the final stanza, including netting 8-of-9 foul shots. LeGage also connected on a key 3-pointer during the pivotal final eight minutes.
Camden Hills outrebounded the Lions 37-23. The Windjammers trailed 32-25 midway through the third period and finished on a 12-2 run with help from fullcourt, man-to-man pressure defense.
"The girls played tough down the stretch," said Windjammer coach Marty Messer. "We came up with some big defensive stops and rebounds when we needed it in the last couple of minutes."
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (12-5, 79.9691 points) is first and Camden Hills (12-5, 74.0123 points) seventh. Presque Isle (17-0, 145.9877 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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