Knowlton sets Windjammer girls scoring mark in win over PanthersSenior surpasses Cressler, has McFarland's overall record in her sights
Waldoboro — One night. One game. One player. One new team standard.
Senior Jordan Knowlton helped spearhead the Camden Hills girls basketball squad to a 57-39 road victory over host Medomak Valley Thursday night, Jan. 31 and, in the process, became the Windjammer girls all-time career points leader.
Entering Thursday's game with the Panthers, Knowlton needed five points to surpass Megan Cressler's all-time Windjammer girls basketball scoring mark. Knowlton did that with ease and now has another, even more significant, mark to reach.
Knowlton tallied 21 points Thursday and now has 1,393 for her career, which puts her 11 points shy of surpassing Tyler McFarland as the all-time Windjammer career scorer for boys or girls in Camden Regional High School or Camden-Rockport High School history.
Cressler, who finished her career with 1,376 points, graduated from CRHS, while McFarland, who finished at 1,403 points, toiled for CHRHS.
Knowlton needed four points to tie Cressler's mark and five to surpass it entering Thursday night. With two quick first-quarter hoops, Knowlton tied the mark and surpassed Cressler's record with a short lane shot with 4:51 left in the opening stanza.
Knowlton said it is "amazing" to set the Windjammer girls scoring mark, but added that she is more focused on helping her team make a strong playoff push. She said the Windjammers played "as a team" against the Panthers. She said qualifying for the postseason and playing well in the playoffs is the focus for both her and the squad.
Knowlton, who will play basketball at the University of Southern Maine starting next year, helped the Windjammers grab leads of 16-5, 31-22 and 57-35 at the quarter breaks against Medomak Valley.
Beside's Knowlton's 21 points, other Windjammer offensive leaders were Rachel Pease with 13 points; Megan LeGage, 10; Bekah Hilt and Kristina Alex, both six; and Katie McMorrow, one. The Windjammers finished 5-of-11 (31 percent) from the free-throw line. Knowlton tallied 12 points in the first half and nine in the second.
For Medomak Valley, Hannah Marks poured in 15 points, while Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet and Elise Wallace added six; Hannah Heald, four; Taylor Simmons, three; Desiree Benner and Missy Phlbrook, both two; and Sammie Griffin, one. The Panthers made 6-of-10 foul shots (60 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (10-5, 51.3272 points) is seventh and Medomak Valley (4-11, 11.3580 points) 14th. Presque Isle (16-0, 125.1543 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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