BLUE HILL—Led by Morgan Dauk’s 38 points, the George Stevens girls varsity basketball team clinched a 67-60 win over the Lady Bucks. When the final buzzer sounded, the teams had played four overtimes in a packed Bucksport gymnasium.
With Bucksport leading 41-39 and two seconds left in regulation, Dauk drove the length of the court to force the first overtime, with the ball still falling through the net when the buzzer sounded.
The Eagles had taken an early lead, 10-7, in the first quarter, only to see the Bucks ahead 17-14 by the second half. The Eagles maintained a one point lead, 26-25 heading into the final quarter.
Bucksport used a high free-throw percentage to stay competitive in overtime, while the Eagles were only 51 percent from the line, Head Coach Bill Case said.
“In each overtime, we would get ahead and they would tie it [on free throws],” Case said.
But junior Dawn Hutchinson came through, going four for four from the foul line, “to put us up at the end,” Case said.
Case also pointed to Hutchinson and sophomore Julianna Allen’s strong defense, and when Allen fouled out in the first overtime, Dauk stepped in to guard Bucksport standout Brie Coombs.
Dauk added 13 rebounds to her 38 points, while Mazie Smallidge had 13 rebounds and 9 points, Sarah Mullen scored 7, including a big three-pointer from the corner, Hutchinson scored 6, and Allen 4.
Bucksport senior Coombs scored 29, while her sister, junior Cassie Coombs, tallied 19.
Case noted the game was the first quadruple overtime he’s experienced in his decades as a coach.
“It was unbelievably exciting. It was maybe not the best played ever but really, what a game.”
“They’re a young team,” he added. “I was happy with our ability to stay with it because it was a very rough game.”
The thrilling victory came on the heels of a win against Narraguagus last week, which was highlighted by senior Morgan Dauk’s 1,000th career point in a Lady Eagles uniform. The Eagles outscored Narraguagus 19-10 to pull away for the 58-45 victory at home on December 15.
Smallidge scored six straight points for GSA as the home team jumped out to an early lead, but Narraguagus crept back to trail by just four after the first quarter. GSA climbed back to a 10-point lead at the half, as Dauk scored eight of her team’s 15 points in the second quarter.
Narraguagus came out charging in the third, going on a 7-0 run in the first two minutes of the half to close the gap to three. The Lady Eagles headed into the fourth quarter up by four and settled in defensively, holding the Lady Knights to just 10 points on the quarter to seal the win.
Dauk led all scorers with 24 points and 16 rebounds, while Smallidge contributed 15 points on the night. Hutchinson contributed 10 points, including two scores from behind the arc, and Allen recorded seven points.
The Eagles stand at 4-0 in the early season, with the December 21 result against Sumner not available by press time.