Tuesday, February 1, 2011

McLaughlin, Michaud lead Stearns to victory over Dexter

Ethan Michaud (22) of Stearns looks for a teammate. Michaud scored 13 points in the first half of Stearns 45-34 victory over Dexter. Casey Jordan (34) of Dexter defends. Photo by Terry Robichuad/Moments n life photography

Dexter---- Brandon McLaughlin scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Stearns Minutemen to a 45-34 victory over the Dexter Tigers on Tuesday evening.

While McLaughlin dominated in the second half, it was Ethan Michaud who kept Stearns ahead in the first half. He scored 7 of the team's 11 points in the first quarter. Michaud was 3-4 from behind the three point line and scored all 13 of his points in the first half.

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Matt Crane (42) of Dexter goes up for a shot. Billy Eurich (30) of Stearns defends. Photo by Terry Robichaud/Moments n life photography.   

Brandon McLaughlin (32-blue) of Stearns goes up for a rebound while players from both teams look on. McLaughlin finished with 16 rebounds. Photo by Terry Robichaud/Moments n life photography   

Brandon McLaughlin (32) looks to make an offensive move. Andrew Wing of Dexter defends. Photo by Terry Robichaud/Moments n life photography

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Vikings Snare the Lynx at Home

Caribou used a strong 3rd quarter to push past the Lady Lynx of Mattanawcook Academy 47-34 last night in this highly anticipated rematch with tournament implications on the line. The Lady Vikings controlled the boards most of the night which led to many fast break opportunities and left the Lynx in foul trouble at several key positions.

Junior forward Taylor Hawkins of Mattanawcook fouled out early in the 4th quarter after being held to just 2 points on the evening. The 6'1" Hawkins was stifled by the Diamond and One defense of Caribou - limiting her touches on both ends of the floor. Abby Paul led the way for the Lady Lynx - scoring 10 points and dishing out 4 assists. Taylor Gardner and Brittany Libbey combined for an additional 13 points - Gardner finished with 7 points, 4 boards and 3 steals. Young Sophomore Logan Blood was forced to help down low - with Hawkins out. Blood scored 5 points and collected 6 rebounds and one blocked shot. Helping the young player down low was Amanda Gulesian who had 4 points of her own and pulled down 5 boards.

Caribou used a more balanced scoring attack to control the game throughout. Star Senior Jenna Selander gathered 18 points while pulling down 7 boards. Selander also finished with 3 steals and 4 assists. Helping on the boards was frontcourt player Alexa Massey - who muscled her way for 10 rebounds. Massey finished with an all around performance - adding 11 points, 3 assists and 3 blocks to Viking stat line. Along with Caribou's two studs came contributions from all directions. Senior Danielle Violette and point guard Jamie Martin added a combined 6 points while the swift Senior Dayna Michaud had 10 points and 4 rebounds of her own.

"The key was stopping Hawkins and denying the short corner passes.", the young Sophomore Massey said. "Once we were able to stop the baseline shots - we seemed to have better position underneath." With the victory - Caribou moved up one spot in the Heal Point Standings to the eight spot while Mattanawcook needs to win out to have a shot at making the tournament.

The prospects are tough for both teams as the Lady Lynx face the number one seeded Presque Isle Wildcats and the Vikings get ready to host John Bapst on Saturday.

Brian Massey

Pyne leads Crusaders to victory over Hermon

By Skip Hawkes/Maine Sports Report
HERMON – Monday night at Hermon High School, Abby Pyne netted 29 points to lead the John Bapst Crusaders to a 46-37 win over the Hermon Hawks as the Crusaders made it two wins over the Hawks in two meetings on the season.

John Bapst's Abby Pyne (44) gets off a lay up over Hermon's Raychel Alley (12) as team mates Marisa Kelley (24) and Britney Hamlin watch the play during Monday night's game in Hermon. John Bapst won the game 46-37. Photo by Skip Hawkes
Hermon opened with a 7-4 lead midway through the first quarter, but a Riley Boyle basket with 1:38 gave Bapst an 8-7 lead and the score remained the same at the buzzer.
Raychel Alley knocked down a 3-point basket with 3:05 left in the second quarter to put the Hawks on top 20-19, but the Crusaders finished out the quarter with a 7-4 run to take a 26-24 lead into half time.
After a Kayla Snow runner put the Hawks back on top 27-26 with 5:25 left in the third quarter, Bapst went on an 8-2 run highlighted by back to back baskets by Pyne for a 34-28 lead with just over one minute left in the period.
The Crusaders managed to maintain their slim lead in the final period and led 42-35 with 1:47 remaining in the game. Hermon finally went into a press defense, albeit perhaps to late, and the Hawks would only get as close as five points in the final minute as Bapst led 42-37 with 53.9 seconds to play. Pyne put the game on ice knocking down two free throws with 32.7 seconds left, and added two more foul shots with 19 seconds remaining to put the Crusaders on top 46-37 for the eventual winning score.

Pyne led all scorers with her 29 points and she went 15-for-16 from the free throw line. Pyne went 11-for-11 from the line in the game prior to missing her lone foul shot of the night. Up to that point she had converted 26 consecutive foul shots. Pyne just missed picking up a double double grabbing nine rebounds and adding two assists.
Also scoring for the Crusaders was Paige Martin with five points and four rebounds. Taylor Edgecomb and Riley Boyle each scored four points. Edgecomb added four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Emily Tilton and Brittany Williams each added two points. Williams pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out five assists to lead Bapst in both categories. Bapst had no 3-pointers, and they went 20-for-27 (74%) from the charity stripe.
Hermon was led in scoring by Victoria Davenport with 11 points and Ashley Thayer with nine points. Alley added seven points, Snow scored six points, and Britney Hamlin had four points.

Hermon's Victoria Davenport goes hard to the basket during the first half. Photo by Skip Hawkes
The Hawks had two 3-point baskets, one each by Thayer and Alley and they went 5-for-15 (33%) from the foul line.
JOHN BAPST (12-2) 8 18 8 12 — 46
HERMON (9-7) 7 17 4 9 — 37
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