Bangor, ME-- Taylor Shaw scored 13 points to lead the Nokomis Warriors girls basketball team to a 49-39 class B quarterfinal victory over the Belfast Lions at the Bangor Auditorium on Friday evening.
The Warriors took a 20-9 lead when Shaw hit a jumper with 6:09 remaining in the second quarter. Nokomis would not score again in the first half as the Lions went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 20-18 going into the half.
Nokomis held a 28-23 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Lions scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and took their first and only lead (29-28) of the game when Katrina Lapham hit a runner with 5:14 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Kelsie Richards nailed a three pointer to give the Warriors a 31-29 lead with 5:02 remaining in the fourth quarter. Nokomis would hold the lead the rest of the way.
The biggest play of the game came when Mikaela Charters got on the floor to get a steal late in the fourth quarter.
"In the fourth quarter we started to dig down on defense,"Nokomis coach Michelle Paradis said."She (Charters) is the type of player that will never get recognized but she does all the little things for our team. She might not score the points but everything I need her to do she does it."
Shaw led a trio of Warriors that finished with double figures in scoring.
Richards recorded 12 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal. Anna Mackenzie recorded 11 points, nine rebounds and four steals.
Paradis said, "I have told them from the very beginning that we need three to five players that can score in double digits for us."
Shaw added, "We all know that everyone on our team can score. Everyone on our team is a threat."
Traci Carson chipped in with seven points, seven rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal for the Warriors. Charters added six points, five rebounds and three steals.
Lexi Nelligan finished with a game high 20 points to lead the Lions. Nelligan also recorded five rebounds, four steals, four blocks and one assist. Courtney Drinkwater added 14 points and three steals.
Belfast finishes their season with a 14-6 record.
"Every team we played this year we have been in the game,"Belfast coach Stanley Sturgis said. "You can't feel bad for losing to a Nokomis team. They are a great team."
Nokomis (17-2) will take on Camden Hills in a quarterfinal game at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20th.