Less than a week ago, on Friday, Feb. 26, the Camden Hills and Belfast girls basketball teams met in a final regular-season game.

That high school court contest saw the visitors take their play up a notch against the Lions in a 43-25 victory, and, someone unbeknownst at the time, the teams received a rematch on the same hardwood, as the Windjammers looked to replicate their performance, while Belfast eyed revenge.

To make the rematch on Thursday night, March 4 more interesting, it was a playoff elimination game in the quarterfinals of the Kno-Wal-Lin (Knox-Waldo-Lincoln county) COVID Basketball Tournament, which saw the No. 3 Lions again as the hosts, and No. 6 Camden Hills the "underdog."

Despite a closer first half than the first meeting six days before, the Windjammers used strong offense and defense to sail forward and grab the victory 54-42 to advance to the semifinals to play at No. 2 Medomak Valley of Waldoboro — who received a first-round bye — on Monday, March 8 at 5 p.m.

Camden Hills also defeated Belfast in the regular season 44-40 on Feb. 17, so the Windjammers swept the three games between the squads in the pandemic-altered 2020-21 season.

Camden Hills improved to 4-8, while Belfast finished 5-8. Medomak Valley is 10-2.

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Camden Hills and Medomak Valley met twice during the regular season, the most recent meeting on Feb. 19, a 56-53 overtime Panther victory in Waldoboro. The Panthers also defeated Camden Hills 48-34 on Feb. 3 in Rockport.

"The girls came to play tonight," said Windjammer coach Kim Kuhn. "It was a great team win. Our goal was to play great defense and take care of the ball. We had our lowest turnovers of the season with 15 and forced a lot of Belfast turnovers with our fullcourt press.

"I wish the season wasn’t winding down because the girls are starting to put it together and understanding their roles. We play Medomak [Valley on] Monday, which we lost to in overtime last time we played them. The girls are excited about advancing in the playoffs and hopefully we will have another exciting game against Medomak [Valley]."

On Thursday against Belfast, Camden Hills led at the quarter breaks — 14-9, 25-21 and 42-32.

Ella Graffam powered the Windjammers with 16 points, while Tessa Whitley added 11; Bailey Curtis, eight; Molly Shook, seven; Ella Powers and Molly Hixon, five; and Anna Jordan, two. Camden Hills did make a three-pointer.

Whitley also contributed 10 rebounds, three steals and three assists; Powers, three rebounds, seven steals and four assists; Hixon, four steals and two rebounds; Curtis, two rebounds and two assists; and Shook, four rebounds and four steals.

Lillie Mitchell led the Lions, and all scorers, with 18 points, as Halle Tripp added eight; Madison Farris, seven; Jaiden Philbrook and Trista Bailey, three; Lindsey Goughnour, two; and Emma Waldron, one. Tripp netted two treys for the hosts, while Mitchell and Bailey hit one.

Camden Hills netted 6-of-12 free throws (50 percent) and Belfast 10-of-17 (58 percent).

The Windjammers jumped ahead early in the first quarter, but with 2:15 to play in the opening quarter Tripp hit her first trey to tie the game 6-6.

From there Camden Hills went on an 8-3 run to close the quarter, with six points from Graffam and two from Whitley, as Mitchell scored the final three points of the quarter for Belfast.

The Windjammers kept the offensive momentum in the second quarter with a 9-2 burst.

Whitley found Jordan 1:28 into the quarter for a bucket, Powers fed Graffam for an easy layup, but Mitchell made a beautiful halfcourt pass from the far endline to Tripp in the paint for a layup — the hosts first bucket of the quarter — which cut the Windjammer lead to 18-11 with 3:52 left.

Camden Hills kept the run alive as Hixon hit a free throw, then found Shook for a basket, followed by a Powers-to-Whitley layup to cap a five-points-in-50-seconds spurt.

The Lions did not quit despite being down double-digits, as Mitchell hit a 10-foot fallaway and a baseline jumper in under a minute. Goughnour made one free throw, and the next time down Mitchell's bounce pass found Farris in the low post for two, and the foul. Farris made the free throw as the visitors lead was down to 23-19.

Shook swished a deep two on the other end, but Mitchell stole the ball on a Windjammer inbound play and got a field goal to fall in the paint, as the buzzer sounded to keep the hosts alive heading into halftime.

Just over a minute into the third quarter, Mitchell brought Belfast as close as they were when the game began, as she swished a trey from the wing, to bring the score to 25-24.

At the 5:25-mark of the third quarter Camden Hills got on the board, when Powers stole the ball and went coast-to-coast for the layup.

With the visitors playing in-your-face defense, Curtis stole the ball as the Lions tried to work it up the court, which resulted in Shook's field goal.

Ten seconds later a repeat performance for the Windjammer defense happened, as the visitors again stole the ball from the Lions, which also resulted in a layup, and a six-point swing in just more than 30 seconds.

Graffam hit a baseline jumper the next time down to push the lead to nine, 33-24, but Tripp hit her second trey of the night to stop the 8-0 Windjammer run.

The Lions worked Camden Hills' lead to three late in the third quarter, but that was as close as the hosts got, while the Windjammer defense suffocated the Lions, and the visitors' offense continued to make baskets.