March 29, 2020

Witches rally, top Bangor> 4th-quarter flurry brings Brewer back

BREWER – When this week’s wins get a little seasoning and ferment into the Heal Points that determine a team’s postseason fate, the fact that 6-foot-2 center Jen Harriman was sick and didn’t play for the Bangor Rams on Wednesday night won’t matter one iota.

Neither will the fact that the Brewer Witches committed 22 turnovers over the first three quarters in their home gym.

Nor that the Witches had won only two games in two years entering this season.

All that will matter to good ol’ Mr. Heal is that the Witches won 44-39 in front of about 200 fans.

And it wasn’t a fluke. Brewer shot 49 percent from the floor, dominated the boards to the tune of a 36-23 advantage, and emerged with an important victory.

The Witches moved to 5-5, while Bangor dropped to 6-4. The Witches were ranked ninth and the Rams sixth in the latest edition of the Heal Points.

Brewer earned the win by showing resiliency in the face of a potentially fatal flurry.

The Rams fired off a 13-4 run early in the second half, took a 32-25 lead with 3:25 to go in the third, and seemed ready to blow the game wide open.

The Witches called timeout, relaxed, and came up with an answer even their coach doubts they’d have come up with a season ago.

“They have a lot more confidence in themselves now,” Brewer coach Lauree Gott said. “They know a team can go on a run and then bounce back.”

Bounce back they did. After coughing up the ball 22 times to that point, the Witches took care of the ball, continued taking good shots, and reeled in the Rams.

Over the next 11 minutes, the Witches committed one turnover Over the next 11 minutes, the Witches committed one turnover and kept the Rams from unleashing their press by stiffening an already-stingy 1-2-2 zone set. Bangor scored only five points in the fourth quarter.

No scoring meant no press. That meant no problem for the Witches.

Senior guard-forward Leslie Trott and sophomore Liz Boone sparked a game-closing 19-7 surge, combining for 16 of those points.

Boone brought the Witches back to even at 35-all with 5:06 to go in the game when she nailed a 14-footer from the lane. Two minutes later she scored the game’s next hoop on a putback of Heidi Everett’s free-throw miss.

Brewer would never trail again.

“I just think that we made so many mistakes,” Bangor coach Tom Tennett said. “Brewer played very well. They packed the defense in.”

Trott finished with 15 points after struggling to a 1-for-8 shooting effort in the first half. After intermission she was more selective and nailed four of five tries. She also grabbed eight rebounds.

“I was forcing some shots and was getting really upset that I couldn’t make them,” Trott said. “I just relaxed and I guess things started going for me.”

Boone pitched in with 13 points and eight boards, while Everett had 11 points and seven rebounds.

With Harriman out sick, the Bangor inside attack fell largely on the shoulders of Kara Crockett. Crockett scored eight points, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked two shots, but was effectively surrounded by the Brewer “D” much of the time.

“We’ve been working on [the 1-2-2] a lot in practice, and it’s the best defense I’ve ever done,” said the 5-11 Boone, who with Everett patrols the low post in the defense.

Senior Emily Morse paced the Rams with nine points.

Witches 44, Rams 39

Bangor girls (6-4) Brewer (5-5)


Dionne 2 3 1 1 5 Prentiss 1 3 1 2 3

Strout 1 4 0 0 2 Wing 0 3 2 4 2

Wells 0 1 0 0 0 Trott 5 13 4 6 15

Morse 3 13 3 5 9 Frey 0 0 0 0 0

Frazier 2 7 0 0 4 Garland 0 0 0 0 0

Curtis 0 0 0 0 0 Boone 6 10 1 4 13

Wright 0 0 0 0 0 Everett 5 6 1 3 11

Smith 4 8 0 0 8

Hutchinson 1 3 0 0 2

Kenny 0 3 1 2 1

Crockett 4 12 0 4 8

Totals 17 54 5 12 39 Totals 17 35 9 19 44

Bangor 11 17 34 39

Brewer 9 17 31 44

3-pt. goals: Bangor (0-4): Morse 0-2, Frazier 0-2; Brewer (1-3): Trott 1-3

Attendance: 200 (est.)

Preliminary: Bangor JVs 49, Brewer 40

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