Lincoln Academy edges Camden Hills in tight, hard-fought affairLeGage strong; Knowlton closes in on all-time Windjammer scoring marks
Newcastle — A short bus ride down Route 1 to Newcastle ultimately proved a wasted trip for the Camden Hills girls basketball team on Friday night, Jan. 25, as the Windjammers were outlasted by host Lincoln Academy after the visitors allowed several leads to slip away.
Camden Hills fell to Lincoln Academy 58-55, after the Eagles led 13-11, 25-23 and 39-38 at the quarter breaks.
However, the Windjammers led by nine points in the third quarter and by six with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Megan LeGage turned in a career-best performance with 21 points, while adding six rebounds and five assists for the Windjammers. Additionally, Jordan Knowlton turned in a stellar 20-point, 12-rebound, 8-steal performance and, in the process, moved closer to becoming the all-time Windjammer girls career basketball scoring leader.
Knowlton entered Friday's game with 1,325 career points and her 20 pushed her to 1,345, just 31 shy of Megan Cressler's mark of 1,376. The all-time Windjammer career scorer is Tyler McFarland at 1,403.
Knowlton is 58 points behind McFarland, with five regular-season games and additional postseason contests a strong possibility.
The all-time records include the former Camden-Rockport High School and the current Camden Hills Regional High School. Cressler graduated from CRHS and McFarland from CHRHS.
Also chipping in for the Windjammers against the Eagles Friday were Macy Buck (3 points, 5 steals), Annie Young (3 rebounds), Kristina Alex (point), Jaclyn Gilson (6 points, 5 rebounds), Katie McMorrow (2 points, 2 steals), Eliza Boestch (4 rebounds) and Bekah Hilt (2 points 2 rebounds).
Keying Lincoln Academy were Jen Genthner with 23 points, including 16 in the pivotal second half, and Leslie Sandefur 10.
Camden Hills netted 18-of-31 free throws (58 percent) and Lincoln Academy 23-of-43 (53 percent). The Windjammers outrebounded the Eagles 38-31, while Camden Hills had 21 turnovers to Lincoln Academy's 15. The Windjammers were whistled for 34 fouls and the Eagles 24.
Camden Hills finished 16-of-68 (24 percent) shooting from the field, including 5-of-32 (16 percent) in the first half. Lincoln Academy was 17-of-53 overall (32 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (8-5, 41.6049 points) is seventh, while Presque Isle (14-0, 92.6173 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 squads qualify for the playoffs.
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