Knowlton makes her point: Best scorer in Windjammer historyCamden Hills races past host Mount View in Saturday afternoon game
Thorndike — It is no secret that as senior Jordan Knowtlon goes, so goes the Camden Hills girls basketball team as the 5-foot-9-inch forward has been an absolute force to be reckoned with throughout her four years in a Windjammer uniform.
Knowlton got off to a hot start on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2 against host Mount View and not only led the Windjammers to a 69-25 victory, but also cemented herself in the Windjammer history books.
Knowlton scored a game-high 18 points, and in the process passed Tyler McFarland as the school's all-time career basketball points leader. Knowlton had 1,393 points heading into Saturday's game and needed 11 to break McFarland's previous record of 1,403.
She scored 12 points in the first quarter to get the milestone out of the way early before playing sparingly the rest of the way in a game that gave the Windjammers little competition.
"I'm excited," said Knowtlon of her record-breaking accomplishment. "I don't know. I don't even know what to think. I guess it hasn't hit me yet. It's cool though. It's a cool feeling."
McFarland broke the school record two years ago as a senior, surpassing Meg Cressler, who had held the record for girls and boys with 1,376 points since the 1999-2000 season.
Knowlton surpassed Cressler as the Windjammers girls all-time points leader in the team's 57-39 win over Medomak Valley Jan. 31 in Waldoboro.
Knowlton's career scoring mark includes the Windjammers — Camden Hills Regional High School and the previous Camden-Rockport High School. Cressler is a CRHS graduate and McFarland a CHRHS graduate.
"I'm very proud of Jordan," said Camden Hills coach Marty Messer. "This is quite a tremendous accomplishment. All of her dedication throughout the years has paid off. She'll be remembered as one of the best female basketball players ever to graduate from Camden Hills Regional High School and she's one of the best that I've coached here on varsity in the last three years."
During Saturday's game, Rachel Pease added 16 points for Camden Hills, while Megan LeGage added eight; Annie Young, seven; Jaclyn Gilson, Katie McMorrow, Eliza Boetsch and Bekah Hilt, all four; and Macy Buck and Hannah Wincklhofer, both two.
Statistically, Knowlton finished with six rebounds, steals and six assists; LeGage, four rebounds and six steals; Hilt, five rebounds and two steals; Gilson, three rebounds; Pease seven rebounds, four steals and five blocked shots; McMorrow, two rebounds and two assists; Wincklhofer, three steals; Buck, two steals and two assists; Boetsch, four rebounds; and Maddie Bowman, five rebounds and two assists.
For Mount View, Janelle Thornley and Stephanie Stilkey each scored five points, while Alexis Morse added four; Meri Micard, Kaitlin Leavitt, Brooke Tripp, Jenni Nadeau and Colleen Scholfield, all two; and Austyn Thomas, one.
The Windjammers were 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the foul line, while the Mustangs were 4-of-10 (40 percent).
Thornley netted a trey on Mount View's first possession, but Knowlton scored four quick points on a runner in transition and a layup off a Mustang turnover, which started a 22-0 run for the visitors that carried into the second quarter.
Camden Hills led 21-3, 36-9 and 52-17 at the quarter breaks, with reserves for both teams playing the majority of the final quarter.
Knowlton continued to roll for Camden Hills as she netted six field goals in the opening stanza, including her record-breaking hoop with roughly a minute to play in the first quarter.
The basket brought the Windjammer fans to their feet as coach Messer called timeout before the accomplishment was announced to the crowd.
"I'm really happy for her because I know she worked really hard to make this happen," said Cressler, who was an assistant coach with the Windjammers during Knowlton's freshman year. "And to see it finally come together for her during her senior year is really awesome."
"I'm glad that Jordan has the scoring record," said McFarland, who is playing basketball for Division II Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. "Many times through her sophomore year she reminded me that her goal was to accomplish just that, and she did. It's great knowing that someone else will be able to enjoy it."
"I never even thought about it my freshman year," said Knowlton of the all-time Windjammer scoring mark. "I've never really thought about it until these last couple games. I was just like, 'Wow, I can beat Meg and Tyler,' who were great basketball players and I've always looked up to."
Knowlton now has 1,411 points for her high school career with three regular-season games left to play.
Now that the illustrious scoring record has been broken, Knowtlon's goal is to get her and the Windjammers to finish strongly and, hopefully, get their first win at the Bangor Auditorium in the upcoming Eastern Class B tournament.
"I'm excited for the next couple games," she said. "I definitely want to win, come out strong, play as a team and get to the playoffs."
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (11-5, 55.6481 points) is seventh, while Mount View (3-13, 5.4321 points) is 17th. Presque Isle (16-0, 130.5556 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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