Shooting stars: Windjammers, Black Bears split court battlesCamden Hills boys move into region's top spot, girls look for next win
Camden Hills was the only Midcoast mainland high school in court action Friday night, Jan. 10 and the results were extremely positive for the hot-shooting Windjammer boys and not as much for the Windjammer girls.
On a night the Windjammers boys recorded a Heal Point-worthy 76-59 home victory over Maranacook of Readfield, a win that pushed Camden Hills to No. 1 in Eastern Class B, the Windjammer girls suffered their sixth straight loss, a 57-46 road decision to the Black Bears.
The Camden Hills girls started the campaign 4-0 but have lost six straight contests since that fast start.
Both Camden Hills squads also were to play Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield on Saturday, Jan. 11. The Windjammers boys will be at MCI at 6 p.m., while the Husky girls were to play at Camden Hills at 1:30 p.m., then 2:30 p.m. and now that game has been postponed.
The following are recaps of both Friday night Windjammer games:
The white-hot shooting hosts took control early, leading 19-13 after one quarter and also 38-28 and 54-44 at the other quarter breaks.
Camden Hills won thanks, in large part, to a superb 25-point performance from Chandler Crans, the fact the hosts drilled 10 3-pointers, five from Crans and three from Jayson Kuhn, and the fact the Windjammers netted an impressive 16-of-18 free throws (89 percent).
Keying the Windjammers were Crans with 25 points; Colin Morse, 16; Kuhn, 13; Connor Graffam, 10; John Hall, five; Merrill Hall, three; and Andrew Hall and Terron Bailey, both two. Crans connected on all six of his free throws and Morse all four of his.
For Maranacook, Taylor Wilbur finished with 25 points, including making five treys and 4-of-7 free throws. Cam Brochu added 16 points; Kent Mohlar, 11; Caleb Jackson, five; and Brad Worster, two. The Bears netted 11-of-16 foul shots (69 percent) and seven 3-pointers.
The two teams combined to make 17 treys and 27-of-34 foul shot shots (79 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (8-2, 37.2840 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
At Readfield Jan. 10, the Black Bears growled their way to a 21-13 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, also leading 28-23 and 45-34 at the next two breaks.
Rachel Pease (12 points, 14 rebounds, 7 blocked shots, 3 steals), Bekah Hilt (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Maddie Bowman (14 points, 3 rebounds) keyed the Windjammers. Charlotte Messer also added six points, Jaclyn Gilson two points and two steals and Macy Buck two points for the visitors.
For Maranacook, Catherine Sanbord netted 15 points; Sarah Clough, 13; Elizabeth DeAngelo, 12; Christine Miller, 11; and Kristen Hall, two.
Camden Hills held a significant 40-19 edge in rebounding, but that did not translate into a win.
The Windjammers made 5-of-10 free throws (50 percent) and the Black Bears 8-of-14 (57 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (4-6, 15.6790 points) is ninth, while Presque Isle (11-0, 50.4630 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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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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