High school girls basketball

Windjammers put scare in Indians, but fall short in quest for playoff push

Skowhegan's 9-2 third-quarter run too much for pesky, defensive-minded Camden Hills
By Zack Miller | Feb 16, 2019
Photo by: Zack Miller Camden Hills' Grace O'Connell, left, and Skowhegan's Emma Duffy on Feb. 15 in high school girls basketball. The Indians beat the Windjammers 46-30 in a Class A North quarterfinal playoff game at the Augusta Civic Center.

Augusta — On some level, in basketball terms, it was David versus Goliath.

On one end, the No. 1, undefeated Indians of Skowhegan, and, the other, the No. 8 Windjammers of Camden Hills, who earned the final playoff spot for the Class A North girls basketball tournament.

Despite the pregame odds, the Windjammers brought their "A" game, which put a scare into Skowhegan, and its fans, for a portion of the contest, but a 9-2 third-quarter run lifted the Indians to a 46-30 quarterfinal playoff victory on Friday night, Feb. 15 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Watch video and see more photos below.

With the win, Skowhegan (19-0) will face No. 5 Messalonskee of Oakland (11-8) on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8:30 p.m. back at the ACC.

No. 5 Messalonskee defeated No. 4 Gardiner 39-33 in another quarterfinal playoff encounter on Friday.

Camden Hills' campaign ended at 7-12. The Windjammers rebounded from a tough 0-4 start to the season, but then won seven of their next 11 regular-season games.

"I thought my girls played very well, I'm very proud of them," said Windjammer coach Kim Kuhn. "I thought our defense was awesome. We did very well."

"We hadn't faced them [during the season], and they are all seniors," Kuhn said. We've been getting scouting reports and watching them all week, and we had good practices. We knew if we dug in and played good man-to-man [defense] we might have a shot at it, and we almost did have a shot at it."

Camden Hills and Skowhegan were tied 7-7 after the first quarter. The Indians pulled ahead 20-17 at halftime, while Skowhegan increased its lead to 34-26 at the end of the third stanza.

Kassie Krul, the team's lone senior and a major component to all that the Windjammers do, led Camden Hills with 13 points, while Grace O'Connell chipped in with eight; Miranda Dunton, five; and Kaylyn Krul, four. Kassie Krul also finished with eight rebounds, while Dunton grabbed four caroms.

Jayci Christopher led the Indians with 13 points, while Alyssa Everett added 12; Annie Cooke, 11; Sydney Reed, eight; and Sydney Ames, two.

Additionally, Cooke recorded her 1,000th career point during the third quarter to eruptions from Skowhegan fans.

The Windjammers were 3-of-5 (60 percent) from the foul-line, while the Indians were 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Windjammers had a strong shot of striking down Goliath with "the rock."

The first bucket of the game did not come until 4:15 remained in the opening stanza, on Kassie Krul's layup.

The Windjammer player-to-player defense stifled the Indians for most of the contest, and especially early-on.

Camden Hills forced errant shots, turnovers, and two quick fouls on Cooke, who had to take a seat on the bench for most of the first half. That all played in the Windjammers' favor.

"We stopped Cooke for quite a while, and got her in foul trouble, which helped us a lot," Kuhn said. "[Skowhegan] had to sit in a zone [on defense] after [Cooke] got in foul trouble, and I thought we attacked them pretty well with [Cooke] sitting on the bench."

The next bucket of the game took another minute to occur, when Kassie Krul got to the hoop for another layup, which pushed the Windjammer lead to 4-0, with 3:12 remaining in the opening quarter.

Christopher broke the scoreless streak for the Indians on Skowhegan's ensuing possession, but Kassie Krul responded with her third bucket of the quarter.

Christopher countered with another bucket to cut the Windjammer lead to 6-4, as Kassie Krul hitting one-of-two free-throws on the other end.

Christopher followed with a 3-pointer from the left-side to tie the score at 7-7 as the quarter ended.

The Indians grabbed their first lead of the game seconds into the second stanza, as Everett grabbed an offensive board, converted the layup and was  fouled, as she made the free throw to complete the conventional three-point play.

The teams traded buckets, as O'Connell hit a three to tie the game, followed by Reed's two, and Dunton's three to give the Windjammers a one-point lead.

The Indians clamped down after Dunton's basket, as they forced Windjammer turnovers,  while the put together an 8-0 run to go up 20-13, but Camden Hills scored two quick baskets before the half ended.

Despite trailing at halftime, the Windjammers kept pace with the Indians. Skowhegan scored twice to push its lead back to seven, but a 3-pointer by O'Connell and Kassie Krul's bucket brought Camden Hills within three at the 5:54-mark.

From there, the Windjammers stalled, as Skowhegan used a 9-2 run to open up a 10-point lead late in the quarter.

Camden Hills fought back to within six points in the fourth quarter, but that was as close as the Windjammers got, as the Indians sunk free throws down the stretch to extend the advantage.

"I've only got one senior, but [Kassie Krul] is a big piece to this puzzle," Kuhn said. "We've got some pieces on [our] jayvee "A" and "B" teams that are hungry and willing to work, as well as some eighth-graders coming up. The future is bright."

Camden Hills and Skowhegan did not play each other during the regular season.

Camden Hills versus Skowhegan girls basketball
Camden Hills versus Skowhegan on Feb. 15 in high school girls basketball in Augusta. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Miranda Dunton. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, right, and Skowhegan's Annie Cooke. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Miranda Dunton. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, right, and Skowhegan's Ayssa Everett. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Grace O'Connell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Audrey Bowman. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Audrey Bowman. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, right, and Skowhegan's Jaycie Christopher. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul, left, and Skowhegan's Sydney Ames. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Grace O'Connell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Miranda Dunton, left, and Kaylyn Krul, right, along with Skowhegan's Sydney Ames, left, and Sydney Reed. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Miranda Dunton, middle, as well as Skowhegan's Sydney Ames, left, and Sydney Reed. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, left, and Seanna Montgomery. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, middle, along with Skowhegan's Jaycie Christopher, left, and Mariah Dunbar. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, front, among others. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul, middle, along with Skowhegan's Jaycie Christopher, left, and Emma Duffy. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul, middle, along with Skowhegan's Jaycie Christopher, left, and Emma Duffy. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Seanna Montgomery. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Seanna Montgomery. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, right. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul, right, among others. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Audrey Bowman. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Audrey Bowman. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Audrey Bowman. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Anya Babb-Brott. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Audrey Bowman. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Audrey Bowman, front. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kaylyn Krul (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Miranda Dunton. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Audrey Bowman. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Kassie Krul. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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