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BANGOR---- Most basketball fans know what Parise Rossignol can do on the offensive end of the basketball court.

Rossignol did not get a division one basketball scholarship only because of her offense.

She came up with two key steals and a block down the stretch to lead the Van Buren Crusaders to a 39-37 victory over the Fort Fairfield Tigers in a Maine Principals' Association class D semifinal game played on Thursday evening.

Rossignol also did her part when Van Buren had the ball.

She scored 25 points, including going 5-6 from the free throw line in the final three minutes of the game.

Fort Fairfield went on an 11-0 run in the first half to take a 17-12.lead. Megan Jellison scored all 11 points during the Tigers rally.

Emily Dumond stopped the run when she made a jumper to cut the Tigers lead to 17-14.

The Tigers built the lead to 25-18 going into halftime.

Fort Fairfield took their biggest lead when Janae Libby nailed a three pointer that gave her team a 28-18 lead.

That would be the last points of the quarter for the Tigers.

Van Buren scored the final eight points of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 28-26 going into the final quarter.

The Crusaders continued to rally behind Rossignol and Courtney Parent at the start of the fourth quarter.

Parent scored the game tying basket, and she gave Van Buren a lead (30-28) they would not give back.

Dumond and Parent added six points each for the Crusaders.

Jellison led the Tigers with 17 points.

Fort Fairfield finishes the season with a 15-6 record.

Van Buren (17-4) will take on Washburn in the regional final on Saturday morning.

The three time defending champions from Washburn jumped out to a 28-9 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 78-57 victory over Schenck in a class D semifinal game.

Mackenzie Worcester led the Beavers with 24 points. Carsyn Koch added 14 points, while Carmen Bragg and Joan Overman chipped in with 14 and 13 points respectively.

Washburn (19-2) split with Van Buren during the regular season.

The Crusaders won 66-63 early in the season at Van Buren. The Beavers won 61-51 at Washburn.

Morgan Thompson led the Wolverines with 24 points.

Schenck finishes the season with a 17-4 record.

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