Top seed Hermon girls hold off Old Town to advance to regional final

BANGOR - Three starters scored in double figures Wednesday afternoon, led by 13 points each from Paige Plissey and Megan Tracy, to lead the No. 1 Hermon Hawks to a 47-34 Maine Principals’ Association Class B semifinal girls basketball win over No. 4 Old Town at the Cross Insurance Center.
Hermon's Megan Tracy (center) slips between Old Town defenders Lexi Thibodeau (left) and Claudia Damboise for a shot during the Class B North semifinal game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Wednesday. Hermon defeated Old Town 47-34 in the game. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Hermon got baskets from Plissey, Madison Lebel, Grace Page, and Tracy to open up an 8-0 lead to start things. Old Town got their first basket over four minutes in when Lexi Thibodeau scored. A three-pointer and a two point basket by Saturdays quaterfinal hero Charlotte Caron pushed the lead to 13-2. Hermon led 15-7 after the opening eight minutes. Maddy Emerson hit two from the line, Thibodeau hit one, and Maddy Arsenault hit a jumper for the Coyotes to cut it to 15-12 at the beginning of the second quarter. The Hawks, though, ran off the last nine points of the half and took their largest lead 24-12 at the break.

Hermon's Charlotte Caron tries to work the ball around Old Town's Gabrielle Cody. 
(Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Hermon continued that run when Tracy hit a three-pointer, Plissey hit one at the line and also hit a three-pointer to cap off a 16-0 run to stretch the lead to 31-12 at the start of the third quarter. Old Town wouldn’t go quietly though as Hannah Richards and Thibodeau scored four points each part of a 13-3 run to cut the deficit to 34-25 after three. Arsenault hit a pair of free throws to start the fourth for the Coyotes to cut it to seven, but that is as close as they would get. Lebel hit a pair of shots wedged around another three-pointer from Caron to make it 41-27, and 10 is the closest Old Town would get after that.

Hermon's Paige Plissey is all smiles as she brings the ball up the floor. 
(Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Tracy added seven rebounds and Plissey had three assists to go along with their game high point total in the Hermon win. Lebel finished with 10 points. Also chipping in was Caron with eight points, Page with two, and Sydney Gallop added a free throw for one point. The Hawks out rebounded the Coyotes 27 to 16 and shot 10 for 15 (67 percent) from the foul line including 6 of 8 down the stretch in the fourth quarter.

Hermon's Grace Page goes hard at the basket only to find Old Town's Claudia Damboise (52) right in her path. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Thibodeau had nine points to lead Old Town in the loss. Richards finished with seven. Also contributing was  Emerson and Sydney Loring with five points each, Arsenault with four, and Gabrielle Cody and Claudia Damboise with two points a piece. The Coyotes shot 9 for 13 (69 percent) from the line and finish their season with a 14-6 record.

Hermon's Madi Lebel brings the ball across the floor. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Hermon (19-1) will face Waterville (19-1) for the Class B North regional championship on Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m.

Old Town's Hannah Richards (12) has a shot partially blocked as she gets fouled. 
(Photo by Skip Hawkes)

OLD TOWN  7   5  13  9 -- 34
HERMON     15 9  10 13 -- 47
(Story courtesy of Chris Lessner, EMS)


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