DEXTER----- Trevor Lyford recorded 29 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals to lead the Penquis Patriots to a 52-45 victory over the Dexter Tigers at Ed Guiski gymnasium on Tuesday evening.
Lyford provides senior leadership for a young Penquis squad.
The Patriots lost the majority of their state championship team from last season, including coach Tony Hamlin.
Jason Mills took over for Hamlin, who retired after the Patriots championship season.
Penquis has bounced back with two impressive wins, after losing three out of four games.
Penquis had 13 assists as a team and only turned the ball over nine times.
"Our defense is coming along. We are coming along. We are a young team, we lost a ton from last year,"Lyford said. "A big thing for us is to not turn the ball over a ton. Our first few games we turned it over more than 20 times. If we take care of it, we have more opportunities to score."
The win moved Penquis from 10th to sixth in the class C heal point standings. Dexter (5-3) has suffered two of their three losses this season against Penquis.
"This is huge, this is a big win. These guys (Dexter) are a great team and this is a tough place to win,"Lyford said. "Dexter and Penquis always plays close games. We had good games against them last year. We lost to them in one of our last games. These crowds are awesome. They are awesome over here and our crowd is awesome over there."
Penquis (5-3) went on an 8-2 run to end the game. Lyford hit eight of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to secure the victory for the Patriots.
Noah Allen added eight points for the Patriots. Clayton Tarnoczy recorded seven points and four assists.
Colton Larrabee and Cody Cobb scored three points each for the Patriots. Justin Larry chipped in with two points.
Ethyn Gould led the Tigers with 16 points (7-7 FG/2-2 FT) and seven rebounds. Trevor Fogarty recorded 12 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Dustin Sirabella added seven points. Bailey Spack recorded six points, and three assists. Matt Bartlett and Zach White scored two points each for the Tigers.