PI’s quickness buries Vikes

15 years ago
By Kevin Sjoberg  
Sports Reporter

    CARIBOU – Any thoughts of an upset victory by the Vikings last Tuesday were immediately vanquished, as the quickness demonstrated by the Presque Isle Wildcats proved too much to overcome.

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    Caribou’s Jenna Selander, left, and Annie Collins try to corral a loose ball during last Tuesday’s 53-28 loss to Presque Isle.

    Coach Jeff Hudson’s team wasted little time in asserting itself, tallying 12 points in the first 3:12 and limiting Caribou to just two points during the same stretch en route to a 53-28 triumph.
    “I thought our quickness showed tonight,” Hudson said. “Early in the game, we showed right off that we were much quicker than they were.”
    Sophomore Kayla Richards started the spurt with a pair of free throws, while classmate Chelsea Nickerson capped it with a steal at midcourt and a layup.
    Caribou’s Amanda Violette and Dayna Michaud both had hoops to close out the first period to draw their team closer, but freshmen Meredith Stewart and Chandler Guerrette netted field goals to begin the second before Richards connected from inside the paint for another as the Wildcats stretched its lead back to 14 (20-6). The Vikings mustered just one field goal the entire quarter and Presque Isle went into halftime with a 27-10 lead.
    “We attacked the basket,” Hudson said. “We have girls who can penetrate, so we spread the floor and either take it to the hoop or kick it out for a three. We’ve been practicing it and so far it’s worked wonders.”
    A Richards’ three-point play late in the third period gave Presque Isle its largest lead at the time at 39-14.
    Chandler Guerrette’s 12 points led the Wildcats, while Richards totaled 11.
    For Caribou, freshman Alexa Massey scored nine points, while the team’s top offensive player, junior Jenna Selander, was limited to eight points by the stingy Presque Isle defense.
    “You just can’t let Selander get rebounds and dribble coast to coast,” Hudson said. “We did a good job  with our 2-3 halfcourt zone on her, paying attention to where she was all the time.”        
    Caribou defeated Ellsworth Saturday, 47-42, to improve to 3-2 on the season.