April 04, 2020

E-mail info aids East Grand win Vikings to play Shead Thursday

BANGOR – One day last week East Grand’s Tara Copley turned on a computer and heard the phrase, “You’ve got mail.” Or words to that effect.

The e-mail turned out to be a scouting report on their Eastern Maine Class D girls quarterfinal opponent, Van Buren.

“We didn’t know anything about them. Then a girl e-mailed [Copley] from Washburn. That’s where we got most of our information about them. And we went with it,” East Grand coach Renee Shain said.

Went with it indeed. In a tournament full of shocks, another was administered Monday morning when No. 7 East Grand of Danforth knocked off the previously unbeaten and second-seeded Van Buren Crusaders 46-40.

East Grand, now 12-9, moves on to meet a more familiar opponent, Shead of Eastport, in a 3:35 p.m. Thursday semifinal.

The Vikings came out firing, tossing up 3-point shots and jumped on the Crusaders, who were off to a slow start. Copley, who would finish with 12 points, and Mesha Whitney, who had 10, both connected on long-range shots early in the game. Sophomore Amanda Godley added 10 points for East Grand.

The Vikings led 20-8 after the first quarter and 28-16 at the half. Shain said she hardly recognized her own team.

“It shocked me just to see them throw [3-point shots] up and to keep doing it. Usually it’s just one [player] who is hitting the three. They all were hitting.”

Copley said the presence of 6-foot sophomore Michelle Parent forced the Vikings to shoot from the outside.

“We wanted to get inside but we were open, so we took the three-pointers,” Copley said.

Meanwhile, Van Buren coach Steve LaPierre looked in vain for signs that his team could shake off the rust of a two-week layoff between games. And despite a tremendous size advantage the Crusaders, 17-1, were unable to put together a run.

“We just didn’t make our shots. We must have missed 10 layups easy. I’m not a proponent of sitting out for two weeks. But this sure didn’t do us any good today,” LaPierre said.

Parent, a sophomore, had nine points, nine blocked shots and 11 offensive rebounds for the Crusaders. Sophomore Danielle Gagnon had 12 and Nicole Corbin added 11 points.

Vikings 46, Crusaders 40

East Grand girls (12-9) Van Buren (17-1)

Player G AG F AF TP Player G AG AF TP

Gilman 1 12 0 5 3 T.Gagnon 0 0

Whitney 3 7 1 2 10 Hews 0 0 0

Faulkner 3 11 3 5 9 Corbin 5 21 11

Cropley 3 7 4 5 12 H.Parent 3 10 0 2 6

Godley 1 10 8 10 10 Caron 0 0 0

T.Osnoe 1 1 0 0 2 M.Parent 4 11 1 2 9

Doucette 0 0 0

Porter 1 1 0 2

D.Gagnon 6 11 12

Wright 0 6 0 0

Totals 12 48 16 27 46 19 60 40

East Grand 20 28 33 46

Van Buren 8 16 28 40

3-pt. goals: East Grand (6-19) Whitney 3-6, Cropley 2-3, Gilman 1-10; Van Buren (0-5)

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