High school girls basketball

Second-half comeback lifts Camden Hills past Maranacook

Victory over Black Bears may be defining moment for Windjammers
By Ken Waltz | Jan 13, 2013

Rockport — When it comes time for a retrospective on the 2012-13 Camden Hills girls basketball season, the Windjammers might look at a 42-40 home victory over Maranacook of Readfield on Friday night, Jan. 11 as a defining moment.

That is because the Windjammers fell behind early, rallied to take the lead and then made key plays down the stretch to secure the win.

The Black Bears led 13-6 and 27-17 at the first two quarter breaks before the Windjammers surged to a 33-31 cushion after three stanzas. The game was up for grabs late before Camden Hills pulled out the victory with clutch plays.

Windjammer Jordan Knowlton connected on a 12-foot baseline jump shot off a set play out of a timeout with 20 seconds left to push the hosts ahead by one point at 41-40. Camden Hills' Rachel Pease then grabbed a key rebound and was fouled. She made the front end of a 1-of-1 free-throw shooting situation to put Camden Hills ahead 42-40.

Camden Hills got back into the game with a 12-0 run to start the third quarter.

Windjammer coach Marty Messer said Kristina Alex "did and excellent job on defense [by] holding Christine Miller to 12 points, well below [Miller's] average — including several big stops in the last few minutes."

The coach said he was "happy for the team because it was a total team effort. Our shooting was off but our defensive intensity in the second half led us to the victory."

He said the 12-0 offensive burst to start the third stanza was "huge."

"The non-starters contributed and played well," the coach said.

The Windjammers were paced by Knowlton ( 19 points 9 rebounds), Bekah Hilt (7 points 10 rebounds), Jaclyn Gilson (3 rebounds), Pease ( 3 points 15 rebounds), Eliza Boetsch (2 points), Alex (point, 2 rebounds) and Megan LeGage (10 points 4 rebounds).

Camden Hills finished with 8-of-18 foul shots (44 percent).

For Maranacook, Miller netted 12 points and Mariah Vining 11 to lead the charge. The Black Bears netted 2-of-11 free throws (15 percent).

Both teams grabbed 43 rebounds.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (6-4, 25.9259 points) is fourth, while Presque Isle (11-0, 49.4753 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 squads qualify for the playoffs.

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