Winslow girls roll over John Bapst and into regional final

BANGOR, Me- Haley Ward scored 20 points to lead the Winslow Black Raiders over the John Bapst Crusaders 39-26 in a regional girls semifinal Class B game played Wednesday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center.
John Bapst's Abbey Legasse (23) Goes up for a shot in front of two Winslow defenders during the Class B North semifinal game at the Cross Insurance Center on Wednesday afternoon.  Winslow won the game 39-26. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
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John Bapst started the game on a 6-0 run, but that was quickly answered as Winslow scored 11 of the final 13 points of the first quarter to take an 11-8 lead. Abbey Lagasse scored a basket on the first possession for the Crusaders to make it 11-10, but that would be the last field goal for John Bapst for a while. Winslow ran off the final 11 points of the first half to lead 22-10 at halftime.

 John Bapst's Caleigh Lebel (32) puts up a shot as three Winslow defenders look on. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

John Bapst finally did connect from the floor more than midway through the third quarter, but at that point trailed 30-13. Winslow had made a 19-1 run to take a 19 point advantage. 13 is the closest John Bapst would get in the final quarter, as that was the final margin of victory for sixth seeded Winslow who is now 16-5, and will face either Presque Isle or Hermon in Saturday afternoons regional title game.

Maeghan Bernard added eight points for the Black Raiders, and Silver Clukey had five.

 Jogn Bapst's Gracie Philippon looks to take the ball to the basket. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

For John Bapst, who ends their season at 15-5, Grace Philippon led the way with 10 points. Tia Zephir added five, while Lagasse and Crystal Bell had four points a piece.

WIN   11   11    12   5 -   39
JBH     8     2      5   11-   26

Three point goals: Winslow- Clukey, Littlefield John Bapst- none
Free throws: Winslow- 6-8  JB- 8-15
Turnovers- Winslow 22 JB- 13

(Article courtesy of Chris Lessner, Eastern Maine Sports)


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