One of the finest seasons in recent memory for the Camden Hills girls basketball team came to a halt Friday night as the No. 6 Windjammers fell short against No. 3 Winslow, losing 39-36 in an Eastern Class B quarterfinal playoff game at the Bangor Auditorium.

The Windjammers finished the campaign 14-5, while the Black Raiders (17-2) move onto the semifinals, where Winslow will face either No. 2 Mount Desert Island (16-2) or No. 7 Hermon (11-8) on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7:05 p.m. in Bangor.

The Windjammers have the distinction of being one of two teams to defeat Winslow this season, that being 49-42 Jan. 7 in Rockport. Leavitt of Turner also downed the Black Raiders this season, 52-48 Jan. 18.

However, winning two straight over the Black Raiders — this time in the playoffs — proved a difficult task as Winslow held on for a postseason victory Friday.

In Friday’s playoff game, the Black Raiders set the tone early — and grabbed the momentum — with a 15-3 run to start the game. Winslow led 15-3, 28-8 and 31-18 at the quarter breaks.

Keying the Black Raiders were Megan Pelletier with 14 points; Elizabeth Ferry, 10; Kaylee Constable, six; Alliya Veilleux, four; Kelsea Bouchard, three; and Mariah Chenard, two. Winslow netted three 3-pointers and 5-of-17 free throws (29 percent).

For the Windjammers, Maddy Smeaton and Jordan Knowlton both tallied 11 points; Gab Duke, eight; Allie Holmes, four; and Taylor Porter, two. Camden Hills made 4-of-10 free throws (40 percent).

The game was the epitome of a “tale of two halves,” as Winslow controlled the game from the opening tap until the end of the first half. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the Windjammers came to life.

“Winslow played their game in the first half and we played our game in the second half,” said veteran Camden Hills coach Jay Carlsen. “We just got too far behind.”

“I’m really proud of the way those kids played in the second half,” the coach added. “We played 12 kids in the second half and there wasn’t a kid that didn’t go in the second half that didn’t help the team in one way or another. Whether it was getting a trap [on defense] or getting up the floor to get an offensive rebound. Unfortunately, when you get to this point in the season you’ve got to play 32 good minutes. You can’t come in and beat a team like Winslow by playing 16 good minutes.”

The Windjammers shut out the Black Raiders through the first seven minutes and 58 seconds of the third quarter, before Constable canned a 3-pointer at the buzzer to take back the momentum for Winslow that the Windjammers had stolen. Knowlton tallied six points in the frame, while Porter and Holmes also each converted a field goal.

Camden Hills battled nearly all the way back and cut its deficit to 39-36 in the waning seconds when Duke scored on a runner, but coach Carlsen was out of timeouts and could only watch the Black Raiders run the clock out for the win.

Winslow spread the wealth offensively to get off to a positive start against the Windjammers as Pelletier, Constable and Bouchard all scored three points and Veilleux, Chenard and Ferry all two in the opening eight minutes. For Camden Hills, Smeaton had all three points as the Windjammers could only convert one floor shot in the opening stanza.

In the first half, Pelletier tallied 10 points and Ferry six to pace Winslow, while Knowlton and Smeaton both scored three for Camden Hills.

Click for photos from the Camden Hills and Winslow playoff game.

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