Windjammer experience, talent, height too much for LionsPease's 22-point, 16-rebound, 6-steal, 5-blocked shot performance leads visitors
Belfast — The Camden Hills girls basketball team had too much talent, experience and height — namely, in the form of 6-foot 2-inch center Rachel Pease — against pesky Belfast Thursday night, Dec. 12 as the Windjammers forged to their third straight victory to start the new campaign.
The visiting Windjammers got off to a quick start and then staved off a strong second-half rally from the hard-working, host Lions en route to the 69-44 win.
Camden Hills improved to 3-0 on the campaign, while Belfast dipped to 0-3.
The Windjammers sailed to a 21-6 first-quarter advantage and the Lions never recovered, although Belfast did climb within 37-16 at halftime and 55-33 after three stanzas.
"We started off with some nice perimeter shots and when we missed we had a lot of offensive rebounds," said Windjammer coach Marty Messer. "It was great seeing Rachel Pease play so great. She was a tremendous force around the basket."
She was indeed. Pease literally played above the crowd and, as usual, was difficult to stop as the junior blocked shots, cleaned up teammate's misses, scored inside and ripped down carom after carom. Pease finished with an eye-popping 22 points, 16 rebounds, six steals and five blocked shots. Not a bad night's work.
Pease also got plenty of help from her teammates, most notably Charlotte Messer (11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists), Katie McMorrow (9 points, 5 rebound, 2 assists), Bekah Hilt (7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists), Maddie Bowman (10 points, 3 steals) and Jaclyn Gilson (7 points, 5 rebounds). Macy Buck contributed three assists, Eliza Boetsch two points and Annie Young one point for the Windjammers.
For Belfast, which has battled injuries in the early going, Mariah Sturgis and Ashley Littfield both tallied 13 points and Maddy Littlefield eight. Ashley Littlefield added 14 rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots, while Sturgis contributed 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals and Maddy Littlefield seven rebounds and a block.
Additionally for the Lions, Kelci Faulkingham (4 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, block), Kaitlin Goslant (3 points, 4 rebounds, steal), Anna Simmons (2 points, 2 rebounds) and Breann Cummings (point, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, block) chipped in with solid efforts.
Camden Hills held a whopping 43-25 edge on the boards against Belfast. The Windjammers made 11-of-25 free throws (44 percent) and the Lions 8-of-21 (38 percent).
Although the Windjammers clearly had more talent, experience and a significant height advantage over the Lions Thursday night, Belfast played hard from the opening tap to the final buzzer.
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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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