Saturday, March 05, 2011

McAuley Shuts Down Hampden, Wins Title 39-23

2011 Class A Girls State Champions
Throughout the Western Maine tournament McAuley was led by Rebecca Knight, Alexa Coulombe, and Allie Clement. Things didn't change in the State Final, as the trio led the Lions to their third Gold Ball, winning 39-23.

McAuley was ready to go in this one, with their memorable Regional Final in the rear-view mirror. The Lions jumped out to a 13-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Clement had 6 points, and Coulombe 5 in the quarter.

Hampden started to get going in the second quarter, clawing their way back into it. They went on an 8-2 run to start the quarter, led by 3-pointers from Michaela Stephenson and Jordan Maxwell. Knight and Coulombe scored 4 points a piece as McAuley took a 21-13 lead into halftime.

Stephenson would hit two more 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Courtney Doyon would chip in with 4 points, but that was it for Hampden. Coulombe, Knight, and Clement did the dirty work for McAuley, as they extended the lead to 33-23 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Lions would completely shut down Hampden in the fourth quarter, holding them scorless for the rest of the game. Clement and Hannah Cooke hit free throws as McAuley pulled away. Alexa Coulombe was named the Capt'n Eli's Player of the Game after leading McAuley with 15 points, and a bunch of big rebounds and blocks.

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