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Tiana-Jo Carter powers Lake Region to first state title since 1975

Lake Region wins first state title since 1975
Lake Region wins first state title since 1975
Jeff Hoak

BANGOR-- The Lake Region Lakers girls basketball team came to Cross Insurance Center on Friday night to play in their third straight class B state championship game and their sixth state title game since 2006.

The result was different this time.

Tiana-Jo Carter recorded 21 points, 17 rebounds, six blocks, and three steals to lead the Lakers to a 56-47 victory over the Mount Desert Island (MDI) Trojans and to their first state title since 1975.

MDI took a early 6-3 lead.

Trojans leading scorer Hannah Shaw recorded her second foul with 4:26 remaining in the first quarter.

She went to the bench, and the Lakers took advantage. They went on a 15-0 run to take an 18-6 lead with 4:51 remaining in the second quarter.

Shaw did come back in during the second quarter, she was called for her third foul just 48 seconds after entering the game.

The Trojans went on a 12-2 run to end the second quarter, and cut the deficit to 23-21 going into halftime.

Carter took over in the second half.

The 6'2" senior center who has verbally committed to play at the University of Albany scored 13 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in the second half.

Sophomore guard Sierra Hancock scored the first five points of the third quarter for the Lakers.

Carter scored the next six as Lake Region built the lead to 34-26.

Shaw committed her fourth foul with 18 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Lake Region held a 37-31 advantage going to the final quarter.

The Lakers went on a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter and take a commanding 46-33 lead with 4:18 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Carter scored seven points during the Lakers rally.

Lake Region (21-1) shot 8-12 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Sierra Hancock finished with 13 points and three steals. Jordan Turner added 10 points and five rebounds for the Lakers.

Sarah Hancock chipped in with seven points and five assists.

Hannah Shaw led the Trojans with 13 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes of playing time.

Sarah Phelps added 11 points. Sierra Tapley chipped in with eight points and three steals.

MDI finishes the season 19-3.