The Winslow girls and boys high school basketball squads came to Camden Hills Thursday night expecting sturdy fights from the host Windjammers and, when all was said and done, they got two for sure. Perhaps more than they bargained for.

The Windjammers put on a standout doubleheader show as the unbeaten Camden Hills boys notched another easy victory and the Camden Hills girls collected a bundle of Heal Points by knocking off the previously undefeated Black Raiders.

The Camden Hills girls (6-3) beat Winslow 49-42 in a competitive game that could have gone either way. The Camden Hills boys (9-0), led by Tyler McFarland, dominated their opponent. After 32 minutes of play, and seeing every Windjammer player score, the hosts won 83-38.

Girls

This game was the highlight of the night as Camden Hills gave its regional playoff hopes a huge shot in the arm. Winslow (7-1) took on Camden Hills in an evenly-matched game that, by the fourth quarter, could have gone either way.

“I just thought our kids played with a lot of passion tonight,” said veteran Camden Hills coach Jay Carlsen. “They just played with a lot of bounce in their step and they played like they really wanted this one and they got it.”

Camden Hills led 13-8, 24-20, 33-26 at the quarter breaks.

For the ‘Jammers, Jordan Knowlton led the way with 16 points, followed by Taylor Porter with 14; Maddy Smeaton, eight; Gab Duke, five; Maci Heal and Hayley Buckheit, both three; and Laura Johanson, two.

For Winslow, Megan Pelletier took charge with 12 points, followed by Elizabeth Ferry with 11; Kelsea Bouchard, five; Kaylee Constable, four; Marisa Weed, three; Lynsey Vigue and Mariah Chenard, two; and Alliyah Veilleux, one.

Camden Hills went 12-of-21 (57 percent) from the free-throw line, while Winslow made 9-of-15 (60 percent).

“It was a great chance to play a good team on our floor and, we felt, I felt, and I told them in the locker room, if we could go out and play with a lot of defensive intensity for four quarters our defense would set the tone tonight, because it had to be an up-tempo game,” Carlsen said.

For Camden Hills, Smeaton (12 rebounds, 3 steals), Duke (2 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals), Knowlton (5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals) and Porter and Heal (4 rebounds) were statistical leaders.

The game was close for three quarters but became closer as the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter. Even though Camden Hills had the lead throughout , it was not by much and Winslow started to close in during the final eight minutes.

Midway through the fourth quarter the score flirted with a tie around 40 points. That is when Camden Hills took control.

“I thought if we pressured the ball and battled inside for four quarters we’d control the tempo and we did,” Carlsen said. “Fortunately enough, we made some free throws at the end to hold them off in the fourth quarter.”

The coach said the win was a confidence booster and worth plenty of tournament points. “I’m just really proud of my kids tonight,” he said. “They just played with a lot of heart tonight. They played hard for four quarters, which we haven’t been able to do this year. so it was just a really good sign for things to come.”

In the most recent Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (21.0802 Heal Points) is sixth and Winslow (71, 28.6420 points) third. Presque Isle (9-0, 36.1111 points) is first in the 19-team region.

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Boys

With more than a 40-point lead at the end, Camden Hills controlled play for the entire 32 minutes.

The Windjammers took a 14-5 lead in the first quarter but really took off in the second with the scoreboard showing a 49-13 halftime cushion. The hosts kept up their strong lead in the third quarter and led 72-21 at the break.

McFarland led Camden Hills with 20 points, followed by Casey Wilson with 14; Keegan Pieri, 12; James Weferling and Nick White, both 10; Joel Gabriele, five; Casey Scott, four; and Adam Landwehr, Zach Wincklehofer, Adam Carlsen and Will Vlautin, each two.

For Winslow, Mike McCann keyed the way with seven points, followed by Justin Murray and Jake Wheeler, both with six; Caleb Hill, five; Brandon Labrie and Mike McLaughlin, each four; and Jack Nivison, Mackenzie Michaud and Nick Raymond, all two.

The Windjammers made 26-of-34 foul shots (76 percent) and the Black Raiders 17-of-26 (65 percent).

In the most recent Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (45.9259 points) is first in the 19-team region and Winslow (4-4, 9.7222 points) 12th.

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Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.