Wildcat hoop teams top Caribou, remain unbeaten

15 years ago

Quickness leads girls past Vikings

By Kevin Sjoberg 
Sports Reporter

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

    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 PI 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 their 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 and substitutes saw plenty of action for both teams during the final quarter.
    Chandler Guerrette’s 12 points led the Wildcats, while Richards totaled 11 and Nickerson nine – eight in the first half – and also had eight rebounds and nine steals. Stewart had seven points and four boards and Richards also had five rebounds, four steals and three assists.
    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.”
    Presque Isle struggled at home on Saturday, but was still able to manage a 43-36 overtime victory over John Bapst to move to 6-0. The Wildcats were outscored by a 12-2 margin in the fourth quarter and were taken to overtime, but PI blanked the Crusaders during the four-minute extra session.
    Kayla Richards scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Haley Johnston netted two three-pointers and finished with 10 points for PI.



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    SUFFOCATING DEFENSE — Presque Isle defenders, from left, Haley Johnston, Kayla Richards, Meredith Stewart and Chelsea Nickerson, give little room for Caribou’s Alexa Massey to operate during last Tuesday’s basketball game in Caribou. The now 6-0 Wildcats claimed an impressive 53-28 win.