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Bangor— When Rebecca Campbell fouled out during the third quarter of the Eastern Maine Championship game, the Washburn Beavers trailed by 14. Campbell didn’t know if that was going to be her last game. Her teammates made a comeback to get the Beavers to Saturday’s state champion game against the Richmond Bobcats.
Campbell took advantage of getting another chance to play. She scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds on Saturday night to lead the Beavers to a 43-30 victory over the Bobcats.
“When I fouled out, I didn’t think we were going to pull it off,” Campbell said. “Than I thought, our girls could do it, our girls are tough. They came in and showed heart and won the game.”
The Beavers took a 9-8 lead, late in the first quarter on a Campbell basket. That would be a lead they would hold onto the rest of the way. Campbell put in five first quarter points.
Washburn scored the first five points of the second quarter to take a 14-8 lead. The Beavers outscored the Bobcats 12-6 in the second quarter to take a 21-14 halftime lead. Campbell put in 11 first half points. A huge factor in the first half was the difference from the free throw line. Washburn went 8-14 from the line in the first half. Richmond went 0-4 in the first half.
“Apparently we were the only team that was going to foul in the first half,” Bobcats Coach Molly Bishop said. “Not sure how that happened when the other team was pressing full court.”
The Bobcats had plenty of chances in the first half. They were able to get 28 shots from the field. They only could make eight of those shots. Jamie Plummer (6) and Tara Hurley (6) combined for 12 of the Bobcats 14 first half points. Washburn had a full court press on for most of the first half. Bishop feels that it was nerves that hurt her team.
“I honestly think we were flat out nervous,” Bishop said. “I don’t think the press made us any more or less nervous. I think we had a lot of shots early, when we did break the press. The shots were not going in.”
Washburn built the lead to 32-21 after three quarters. The Bobcats cut it to 38-30 late in the 4th quarter. Freshman Carmen Bragg sealed the victory by hitting four late free throws.
Freshman Carsyn Koch came off the bench to provide a spark for the Beavers. Koch put in six points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Washburn held Richmond to under 25 percent shooting (12-49) and also forced 21 turnovers including 10 in the second quarter.
“All of their team plays good defense,” Bishop said.
Richmond (20-2) was led by Plummer with 14 points and six rebounds. Hurley added nine points. The Bobcats should be contenders again next season. Eight of the 10 players on the Bobcats roster are eligible to return next season.
Washburn (20-2) won their first girls basketball state championship since 1989. It is the fifth in school history. The Beavers have six freshman on their roster. Three of them, Bragg, Koch and Nicole Olsen were key parts for Coach Michael Carlos. All were able to stay calm and come through in their biggest game.
“We were staying calm,” Campbell said. “I am very pleased with our performance today.”