GUILFORD--- The Piscataquis community high school (PCHS) Pirates girls team could have given up after a tough start on Thursday night.
The Pirates came into the evening on a three game losing streak, and they lost to the Dexter Tigers 54-20, earlier in the season.
Dexter jumped out to a 12-1 lead over the Pirates just 4:30 into the game on Thursday.
PCHS outscored Dexter 32-13 the rest of the way to grab a 33-25 heal point worthy victory over the Tigers.
"Even though we were down on the scoreboard early, the kids never got down," PCHS coach Brian Gaw said. "They are very unselfish and really don't care who scores or gets their name in the paper. Not once all year in good wins or tough losses has any of them pointed fingers at each other. They keep fighting. It's a cliché but they really do win or lose as a team."
The Pirates went on a 19-4 run to end the half, to take a 20-16 lead going into halftime.
Dexter took a 23-22 lead, when Peyton Watson made a free throw with 3:27 remaining in the third quarter.
Delani Bennett gave PCHS a 24-23 lead with 2:27 remaining in the third quarter.
The Pirates would hold the lead the rest of the way. They ended the game on a 10-2 run.
Bennett led the Pirates with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks.
Jordynne Littlefield added 10 points. Alex Speed recorded seven points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Mikayla Dow added one point, six rebounds, and two assists. Courtney Richardson chipped in with one point in her final home regular season game in a Pirates uniform.
PCHS (10-6) now sit fifth in the MPA class C heal point standings.
The top five in class C will advance to the quarterfinals at Cross Insurance Center. Teams seeded sixth through eighth will host a preliminary round game.
The Pirates still have two very tough but heal point worthy games left against PVHS and Narraguagus.
Michaela White led the Tigers with 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Megan Peach recorded four points and 13 rebounds. Abbie Melvin added four points and eight rebounds.
Watson chipped in with three points and five rebounds. Abbey Jordan added two points and four steals.
Dexter (12-4) currently sit fourth in the class C heal point standings. The Tigers will finish the regular season with a home game against Stearns and a road game at Howland against PVHS.