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Mattanawcook girls start strong in win over Central

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CORINTH-- The Mattanawcook Lynx girls basketball team started fast and cruised to a 42-29 victory over Central on Thursday evening.

Mattanawcook never trailed,and built the lead to 33-14 early in the second half.

The Lynx held a 19-11 after the first quarter.

Mattanawcook scored the first six points of the second quarter and outscored the Red Devils 10-2 in the quarter to take a 29-13 lead going into halftime.

"I thought we played very well in the first half on both sides of the ball,"Mattanawcook coach Stephanie Dubay said. "We have really been working on our defense and I thought that gave us the edge and helped create some transition opportunities."

Kendra Thurlow led the Lynx with 12 points (6-6 FG) and six rebounds.

Sophomore guard Cheyanne Libby recorded nine points, five assists, and four steals. Freshman Courtney Gordon recorded seven points and three steals.

Carly McDonald played a strong inside game for the Lynx. She only scored two points, but filled up the rest of the stat sheet with nine rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and two steals.

Freshman Sydney Robertson scored six points and pulled down five rebounds.

Mattanawcook (5-4) defeated previously undefeated Orono 54-50 on Tuesday. The Lynx have won three of their last four games and currently sit sixth in the MPA class C heal point standings.

Central (2-8) outscored Mattanawcook 16-13 in the second half.

"We knew Central wasn't going to lay down in the second half,"Dubay said. "They came out strong, but we managed to hold on for a nice road win. Central is a tough place to play and anytime you can go in there and get a win it is a good thing."

Natasha Miller led the Red Devils with nine points. Freshman Libby Cook recorded seven points, seven rebounds, and two assists.

Tiffany Smith added five points, Emma Campbell chipped in with four points, four rebounds, and two steals.

Mattanawcook shot 15-32 (46.8%) from the field and 11-21 (52.3%) from the free throw line.

Central shot 12-37 (32.4%) from the field and 5-16 (31.2%) from the free throw line.

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