June 06, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Cony, Skowhegan set to meet in semifinals

Cony High of Augusta has one senior on its roster.

But it was a heady all-around performance by senior Meaghan Lane that helped spark the Rams to a 66-52 win over Caribou during Saturday’s Eastern Maine Class A basketball quarterfinals at the Bangor Auditorium.

Coach Paul Vachon’s top-seeded Rams, now 18-1, try to take the second step toward a fourth straight EM title when they take on No. 5 Skowhegan in Thursday’s 8:35 p.m. semifinal. The Indians beat Hampden Academy 43-33 on Saturday.

In Saturday’s schoolgirl finale, Cony used a good balance of outside shooting and inside strength to hold off determined Caribou.

Lane, the Rams’ 5-foot-3 point guard, served as the catalyst with shifty ballhandling and hustling defense. Cony also had success working the ball inside to junior forward Angela Nadeau.

Lane tossed in 21 points, including three 3-pointers, to go with 6 assists, 6 steals and 5 rebounds. Nadeau scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Cony took charge early, turning a 7-6 lead into a 16-6 advantage with a 9-0 spurt over the final 4:22 of the first quarter. Lane’s three-pointer from just inside halfcourt at the buzzer gave the Rams an emotional lift heading into the second quarter.

Coach Roland Duprey’s 9-9 Vikings came back with an 11-4 spurt to open the second, keyed by 7 points by Shelly Richardson. However, back-to-back three-pointers by Lane and Lisa Samson helped Cony regain the momentum and take a 34-25 lead at halftime.

Cony then extended the advantage to 13 behind two inside hoops by Nadeau, and the Vikings never got closer than seven points. Charity McNeal used her inside play to score 9 of Caribou’s 11 points to open the fourth and cut the deficit to 55-48 with 4:40 left, but Cony outscored the Vikes 11-4 the rest of the way.

Samson provided 8 points, 3 assists and 2 steals for Cony while Chrisann Burns added 8 points. The Rams held a 16-7 edge from the foul line.

Caribou was led by McNeal, who made 7 of 11 from the field and 7 of 8 from the foul line en route to 21 points. She also had 11 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Richardson scored 10 points, while Debbie Vincent chipped in with 6 points, 5 assists and 2 steals for the Vikings, who will have everyone back next season.

In the afternoon game, Skowhegan senior forward Tammy Higgins scored 17 points and senior guard Christine Jones hit for 12 more as the Indians shredded Hampden’s 1-3-1 zone and improved to 15-4.

Hampden, which shot 28 percent from the field for the game against Skowhegan’s man-to-man defense, could counter only with 10 points from junior forward Stacy Whitcomb. The Broncos finished 13-6.

The Indians broke open a close game with a 10-0 run beginning at the 4:55 mark of the third quarter, moving from a 23-22 edge to a comfortable 33-22 advantage with 1:10 remaining in the period.

Jones began the burst by a putback of a Michelle Lauze miss. She then buried a 15-footer from the right wing. Higgins, who stands 5-6, scored three straight baskets on a lane runner, a fastbreak layup, and a low power move off a Frances MacMichael assist.

Meanwhile, the Skowhegan defense was holding Hampden scoreless for more than five minutes, during which time the Broncos shot 0-4 with four turnovers.

Hampden closed within 35-30 with 4:12 left in the game behind inside hoops from Tara Leavitt and Patsy MacKenzie, but that was as close as it would get.

Higgins responded with a short banker off a 2-on-1 break with Jones, igniting an 8-0 Skowhegan run which iced the verdict. SLUG:CONC EDTN:S SECT: PAGE:PDA HEAD:Rams 66, Vikings 52 BYLN: DATE:03/05/90 DAYW:MON LENG:14 EXTR:

Cony girls Caribou TEXT:KEYWORD-HIT.

Cony girls Caribou

Name AG G AF F TP Name AG G AF F TP

Lane 13 5 11 8 21 Watson

3 2 0 0 5

Samson 6 3 0 0 8 Bossie

2 0 0 0 0

Fenderson 0 0 0 0 0 Vincent

5 3 1 0 6

Masselli 2 0 0 0 0 McElwee

8 2 1 0 4

An.Nadeau 2 0 2 2 2 McNeal

11 7 8 7 21

Farrell 5 1 0 0 3 St. Peter

10 3 2 0 6q

Burns 8 4 2 0 8 Richardson

21 4 0 0 10

Agl.Nadeau 15 8 6 4 20

McKechnie 5 1 2 2 4

Totals 56 22 23 16 66 Totals 60 21 12

7 52

Cony 16 34 50 66

Caribou 6 25 37 52

3-pt. goals: Cony (6-16): Lane 3-7, Samson 2-4, Farrell 1-4, Anna Nadeau 0-1; Caribou (3-12): Watson 1-1, Bossie 0-1, Richardson 2-10

SLUG:AGAL EDTN:S SECT: PAGE:PDA HEAD: BYLN: DATE:03/05/90 DAYW:MON LENG:7 EXTR: Indians 43, Broncos 33

Skowhegan girls Hampden TEXT:KEYWORD-HIT. Indians 43, Broncos 33

Skowhegan girls Hampden

Name AG G AF F TP Name AG G AF F TP

J.M’cMich’l 8 3 0 0 6 Goode

13 0 4 4 4

Parker 4 3 0 0 6 Roderick

2 0 0 0 0

F.M’cMich’l 6 1 0 0 2 R. Leavitt

11 5 0 0 10

Higgins 11 6 7 5 17 Whitcomb

8 4 2 0 8

Jones 10 5 4 2 12 MacKenzie

5 2 1 0 4

Calder 1 0 0 0 0 Hunnewell

2 1 0 0 2

Lauze 4 0 0 0 0 T. Leavitt

6 2 0 0 4

DeMerch’nt 0 0 0 0 0 Prouty

0 0 0 0 0

Taylor 0 0 0 0 0 Smolenack

1 0 2 1 1

Hodges 0 0 0 0 0 Hamel

0 0 0 0 0

Kyes 0 0 0 0 0 Stairs

1 0 0 0 0

Poland 0 0 0 0 0 Craig

1 0 0 0 0

Totals 44 18 11 7 43 Totals 50 14 9

5 33

Skowhegan 9 23 33 43

Hampden 10 18 24 33

3-pt. goals: Skowhegan (0-1), Lauze 0-1; Hampden (0-2), MacKenzie 0-1, Goode 0-1


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