Tales of different first wins for Windjammer court athletesCamden Hills boys sail; Bowman's late trey lifts girls to one-point victory
The Camden Hills basketball teams got off to fast starts on the 2013-14 court campaign on Friday night, Dec. 6, however, the Windjammers won in much different fashions at over Waterville at different venues.
While the host Windjammers boys cruised to an 81-59 win over the visiting Purple Panthers, the Windjammer girls had a much more dramatic finish en route to a 44-43 road victory.
In the girls game, Maddie Bowman drilled a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to lift Camden Hills to a thrilling one-point season-opening win.
Leading the Windjammer offense were Bowman (15 points), Charlotte Messer (10 points, 3 steals, 2 assists), Bekah Hilt (10 points, 10 rebounds), Rachel Pease (2 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocked shots), Annie Young (2 points), Macy Buck (3 points, 2 steals) and Eliza Boetsch (point).
For Waterville, Jordan Jabar scored 16 points, while Colleen O'Donnell added seven; Fotini Shanas and Katie Thompson, both five; Hannah Allen, four; and Gabbi Martin, two.
The Windjammers trailed by as many as 13 points in the second quarter and trailed by six with 1:12 remaining, but Bowman's trey helped the visitors rally back and pick up the one-point win.
"It was a typical first game of the season," said Windjammer coach Marty Messer. "I believe both teams felt they could have played better. There were a lot of turnovers and fouls. I'm proud of how the girls overcame big deficits to get the win."
In the boys game, Camden Hills led 19-11, 34-26 and 60-37 at the quarter breaks. The pivotal stanza was the third when the Windjammers outscored the Purple Panthers 26-11.
For the Windjammers, Colin Morse tallied 19 points; Chandler Crans, 12; Jayson Kuhn and Terron Bailey, both 10; John Hall, nine; Yani Stancioff, six; Jack Gallagher, five; Andrew Hall, four; Nate Raye, three; Connor Graffam, two; and Field Leonard, one.
For Waterville, Chris Hale tossed in 30 points, including 16 from the free-throw line; Justin Jabar, 13; Ben Cox, five; Owen Brown, four; Nick Elias and Corey Huerfano, both two; and Andrew Godin and Demetrius Ramirez, both one.
Additionally, Morse had seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocked shots, to go with his 19 points, in a tremendous all-around effort; Graffam, 10 rebounds; Stancioff, 4 assists and 2 steals; and Hall, seven rebounds.
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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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