Playing Orono at home on December 5, the Eagles rallied to a fourth-quarter lead over the Red Riots only to see it slip away in the final minutes of the game.
Freshman Taylor Schildroth led with 22 points, scoring two of four three-pointers late in the first half to cut Orono’s lead to eight. The Eagles pulled ahead 38-34 with 5 minutes left in the third, ending the quarter ahead 45-42 after Kelsey Allen was fouled at the basket but made his shot, and the free throw.
With a 51-51 tie late in the fourth quarter, and both teams over the foul limit, Orono secured the lead by sinking free throws and a string of turnovers.
“We played hard and came back and had the lead and looked like we were going to weather the storm and win the game but foul trouble hampered our run,” said Coach Dwayne Carter. “Putting [Orono] on the line late in the game cost us.”
A final three-pointer from Schildroth narrowed the gap to five with 24 seconds on the clock, but a long pass for a lay-up and a successful free throw by Orono resulted in the final 64-56 score in Orono’s favor.
Allen and Nick Szewz each scored 10 points, Finn Davis-Batt scored 8, Jarrod Chase scored 4 and Max Mattson scored 1.
Boys 0-2 after loss at Piscataquis
The Eagles lost a 45-40 lead going into the fourth quarter against Piscataquis on December 8, after trailing by 10 at the end of the first half. Led by Taylor Schildroth’s 18 points, Kelsey Allen scored 14.
Weather delays Lady Eagles season
Snow, rain and sleet canceled the girls opener at Orono on December 6 and a home game against Piscataquis on December 9. The Lady Eagles will open their season at home against Bucksport on December 11. Bring a toy along to the game to cover your admission, as the team is running a Toys for Tots program during the game.
Swim team hosts first meet
At the Down East Family YMCA, the Eagles hosted Ellsworth, John Bapst and Hampden in the team’s first meet of the season. The girls came in third, ahead of Ellsworth and scoring 64.5 points, but they placed first in several events: the 200 medley ‘A’ relay (Emma Larson-Whittaker, Maya Pelletier, Ava Sealander, Karina Steenberg); 100 yard butterfly (Sealander); 100 yard breast stroke (Sealander); with Pelletier placing second in the 500 yard freestyle. The boys, with only 12 on the team, finished a distant fourth but placed in all events except the 500 yard freestyle.