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Butler and Stewart lead Bangor girls over Mt. Blue

January 30, 2013
By Ryan Kimball of RK Sports Productions

Bangor - Sophomore forwards Mary Butler and Cordelia Stewart combined to score 28 points and 25 rebounds to lead the Bangor Rams over the Mt. Blue Cougars 55-43 at Bangor High School on Tuesday night.

Bangor opened the game on a 6-0 run with good post play from both Butler and Stewart.

“I thought every time the ball went up the rebound was going to one of them. Once we learn to get a little more physical they are going to be unstoppable,” said Bangor girls basketball coach Katie Herbine when talking about Butler’s and Stewart play.

Mt. Blue responded with great shooting from the outside hitting four 3-pointers in the first quarter. The Rams led 16-12 after one quarter of play.

The Cougars came out on fire in second quarter shooting a very good percentage from the floor in the first half. Senior guard Gabby Foy hit two 3’s in the quarter to lead Mt. Blue. The Cougars outscored Bangor 17-9 in the quarter and made eight 3’s in 10 made field goals.

Mt. Blue led 29-25 at the half.

Bangor turned up the intensity in the second half and limited the Cougars on the offensive end of the floor. Six players scored in the third quarter for the Rams. Bangor used their athleticism and speed to get several easy baskets in transition to help get the lead back.

Herbine said “Tonight the girls played extremely well.” Herbine continued “The girls did a great job getting out on shooters, being physical and tough.”

Butler led Bangor with eight points in the third quarter. The Rams outscored the Cougars 20-11 in the third quarter and took a 45-40 lead into the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter, Bangor shut down Mt. Blue to three points and controlled the glass. The Rams went 6-7 from the free throw line down the stretch to finish off the Cougars. Bangor’s defense was the difference in the fourth quarter making everything difficult for Mt. Blue.

Three players were in double figures for Bangor. Butler led the Rams with a game high 16 points. Stewart finished with 12 points, senior guard Jordan Seekins had 11, freshmen guard Sarah Bragg added eight, senior point guard Danae Johnson contributed with six and senior  Rachel Taft chipped in with two points.

“Great senior leadership. They understand when to hold the ball and when to push the ball,” said Herbine when talking about Danae Johnson and Jordan Seekins production.

Junior guard Miranda Nicely scored 16 points and made four 3’s to lead the Cougars. Senior Gabby Foy had 11, Mackenzie Conlogue with five, Amy Hilton added four, Alyssa Williams contributed with three and Jaycee Jenckes and Addie Brinkman each chipped in with two points.

The Rams shot 92 percent (12-13) from the free throw line. Mt. Blue shot 33 percent (2-6) from the charity stripe.

Herbine was impressed with Bragg’s performance “She did a great job. We want her to be aggressive all the time.”

Bangor improved to 12-3 and jumped from five to two in the latest healpoint standings. The Rams will travel to number one Edward Little (12-3) on Friday February 1st.

Herbine talked about how their intensity will lead to success “I think the girls played with intensity. I think our offensive comes from our defense. We really have to play tough defense and be intense. We have no other way to play then intense. I think that is what we need to do every single game.”   

The Cougars fall to 10-5 and dropped from two to four in the current healpoint standings. Mt. Blue will travel to number five Lawrence (11-4) on Friday night.       

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