Camden Hills keeps Mount View at bay in regular-season finalePesky Mustangs make several pushes, but cannot overcome Windjammers' talent
Thorndike — Points proved a precious commodity during Thursday night's regular-season finale between Camden Hills and host Mount View, but, even though one team will head to the regional playoffs in the coming days and the other home for the remainder of the winter, the Feb. 6 game held a bundle of competitive moments for the Knox and Waldo county high school girls basketball squads.
The Windjammers ultimately earned a 39-29 victory over the pesky Mustangs, but Mount View made the game interesting at several junctures.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (11-7, 74.5370 points) is eighth and Mount View (4-14, 16.2037 points) 17th. Presque Isle (18-0, 163.2716 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
The Windjammers tied in Heal Points with Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, but the Panthers swept the two regular-season games with Camden Hills, thus will take the No. 7 spot for the playoffs.
In any case, the Windjammers will move onto the playoffs, while the Mustangs will hang up their sneakers for another season.
Thursday's game was low-scoring throughout as Camden Hills mixed-and-matched its players in preparation for the postseason. In the meantime, the hosts made several offensive pushes to get close, but the Windjammers always kept the Mustangs at arm's-length.
Camden Hills led 9-2, 15-8 and 25-17 at the quarter breaks.
For Camden Hills, Rachel Pease netted 13 points; Maddie Bowman, 10; Charlotte Messer, six; Jaclyn Gilson and Bekah Hilt, four; and Eliza Boetsch two. Messer drilled a 3-pointer and the Windjammers made 10-of-18 free throws (56 percent).
For Mount View, which connected on five 3-pointers, Jenni Nadeau scored 10 points; Courtney Morse, nine; Morgan Clifford, six; and Dinah Bilodeau, four. The hosts missed both of their foul shots. Morse connected on three treys and Clifford two.
Three-pointers by Morse and Clifford in the final eight minutes gave the Mustangs an outside chance to catch the Windjammers, but the visitors netted most of their free throws (8-of-12) in the fourth quarter to cement the victory.
Morse hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Additionally, Pease finished with nine rebounds and three steals; Hilt, nine rebounds and two steals; Gilson, three rebounds, three assists and two steals; Bowman, three assists, three steals and two rebounds; and Messer two rebounds, two assists and three steals.
For the Mustangs, Clifford (4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals), Megan Elkins (8 rebounds), Brooke Tripp (3 rebounds), Bilodeau (5 rebounds, 2 blocked shots) and Nadeau (2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) led in statistical categories.
Mount View tried to stay close and did that when Morse drilled a 3-pointer with 7:35 left in the fourth quarter to help the Mustangs climb within 25-20, but two hoops by Bowman pushed Camden Hills back to a 29-20 edge.
Then Morse netted two more treys to bring the hosts within 32-26 about halfway through the quarter. But the Windjammers sank most of their free throws down the stretch to cement the victory.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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