Camden Hills swarms over Belfast for lopsided victoryWindjammers led by Dostie with 13 points, DeWaard 12, Messer 11, Kelly 10
Belfast — Like a swarm of bees at their hive, the Camden Hills girls basketball team overwhelmed Belfast in the early going — as it outscored the hosts 27-4 in the first quarter — and then maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way on Thursday night, Jan. 5 en route to a 78-20 win.
The visiting Windjammers clicked on all cylinders, especially with devastating full-court pressure defense and quick transition baskets, as they built the early momentum and lead.
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Camden Hills saw 11 of 12 players score, including four in double-figures.
The Windjammers led 27-4, 49-10 and 67-16 at the quarter breaks.
For Camden Hills, Mara Dostie tallied 13 points; MiAe DeWaard, 12; Charlotte Messer, 11; Kristina Kelly, 10; Kassie Krul, eight; Laticia Billings, six; Emily Morse, seven; Lauren Miller, four; Julia Holt, three; and Audrey Bowman and Kaylyn Krul, two.
Kassie Krul (4 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals), Kelly (9 steals, 4 rebounds), DeWaard (4 rebounds), Billings (2 rebounds), Holt (3 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals), Messer (4 steals) and Morse (3 rebounds) also were standouts in other statistical areas.
The visitors made 10-of-13 free throws (77 percent) and four 3-pointers, including one from Morse, Messer, Billings and Holt.
For Belfast, Hannah Richards tallied six points; and Junne Robertson-McIntire, Emma Mehuren, Grace Fitzjurls, Kayci Faulkingham, Alexia Sweet, Alison Defeo and Madison Hemingway, two.
The Lions netted 6-of-13 foul shots (32 percent) and no 3-pointers.
The hosts, a mostly young, inexperienced, growing team, had a scare with 5:32 left in the third quarter when talented freshman Robertson-McIntire suffered what, at first, appeared a possible knee injury, but she recovered quickly and came back to play hard the rest of the way.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Camden Hills (3-3) is 10th, while Messalonskee of Oakland (7-0, 22.8395 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (1-6) is 16th, while Hermon (6-1, 29.1358 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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