Gardiner goes 5-0 in 3rd-4th grade Glenburn tournament for Championship victory

GLENBURN - Late Sunday afternoon, Gardiner and Bangor hit the hardwood for the Glenburn Rec 3rd/4th grade tournament championship game with both teams holding on to a 4-0 record. Gardiner had the stronger team for this match up, and came away with a 21-14 victory to claim the 2020 Championship.

Gardiner's Kathleen Moore (left) takes a glance at the basket as Bangor's Moriah Emerson defends during the 3rd/4th grade Glenburn Rec tournament championship game on Sunday. Gardiner won the game 21-14. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Sunday's road to the championship game was not a smooth ride for either team. Bangor had to overcome a halftime deficit out scoring MDI 11-7 over the second half to pick up a 19-18 semifinal win. Gardiner, who cruised through the tournament, suddenly found themselves locked up in an 18-18 tie with Five Town in the fourth quarter with just 1:30 left in the game. The Tigers ran off seven unanswered points the rest of the way for a 25-18 semifinal win.

Gardiner's Zoey Epperson (12) clears the ball out during the first half. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Gardiner had little problem controlling the championship game, as they led from the conclusion of the first quarter until the final buzzer. The Tigers led 7-4 after the first quarter, 12-6 at half time, and 16-10 after the third quarter.

Bangor's Georgianna Stephenson (left) tries to work her way around Gardiner defender Maddie McMahon during the second half. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Providing the offense for the Tigers was Molly Takatsu, Kathleen Moore, and Maddie McMahon with six points each, Zoey Epperson with two points, and Kallie Woodcock with one point. Gardiner went 3-for-8 (37.5 percent) from the free throw line.

Gardiner's Maddie McMahon (21) puts up a shot in front of Bangor defender Georgianna Stephenson during the second half. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Georgianna Stephenson topped all scorers with eight points to lead Bangor. Also scoring for Bangor was Moriah Emerson with four points and Quinn Andrews with two points. Bangor struggled at the charity stripe going 0-for-8 in the game.

Bangor's Anna St. Peter gets set to take a shot during the first half. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

GARDINER (5-0)   7  5  4  5 -- 21
BANGOR     (4-1)   4  2  4  4 -- 14

The Gardiner girls and coaches pose for a team photo after winning the Championship. 
(Photo by Skip Hawkes)


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