Calais Lady Blue Devils At State Final

Pictured are the 2013 Class “C” Maine State Runner-up Calais Lady Blue Devils. Pictured front l-r is: Olivia Smith, Madison McVicar, Sarah Smith, Meaghan Cavanaugh, Kaylee Johnson, and Mallory Black. Back l-r has: Coach Redding, Coach McVicar, Mgr Brooke Smith, Jordan Hatch, Jasmine Ross, Carson Hold, Paige Gillespie, Kaitlyn Cundiff, Taylorae Carter, Sierra Young, Coach Gillespie, and Coach Redding. (Photo by John Rogers).

The Calais Lady Blue Devils brought a superb 21-0 record to Bangor to face Waynflete School from Portland who sported an 18-3 record, as the two teams played the final girls’ basketball game at the historic Bangor Auditorium gym since being built in 1956. These two schools both had school enrollments of 250 while many in the class had over 350, and the Flyers only losses came at the hands of Class B schools in Southern Maine. It was expected to be a classic match-up with both teams deep in shooters and tenacious with their defense, and as the game progressed it became evident how well matched these two talented teams were even though there were two very distinct halves.

 In the opening half the Lady Blue jumped ahead in the opening eight with Taylorae Carter pouring in 7-points, Olivia Smith 6, and Paige Gillespie 4, as the hosts claimed a quick 21-15 advantage. The second period saw Sierra Young nail 6-points and four others contributed to surge to a 34-22 lead as they took the midway locker break. 

In the third Meaghan Cavanaugh led putting 5-points on the board, but the Flyers mid-court trap was having an impact holding Calais to just 10-points, while their counterparts were led by Martha Veroneau with 8 and Rhiannan Jackson with 5, as they closed the gap to eight 44-36, with 14-points in the third. Calais had a brief surge at 3:03 when Meaghan Cavanaugh hit a 3, putting Calais ahead 40-31, then at 54-seconds Kaylee Johnson grabbed a rebound and fed Meaghan for a layup for a 42-31 edge. Jackson responded at 43-seconds with a hoop & resulting free throw and Veroneau added a free throw at 30-seconds. At 11-seconds Kaylee grabbed another board and had a put back for two, and on the horn, Catherine Veroneau was fouled & she made the front end of two.

The final eight saw the constant pressure that Waynflete had used all game continue to show results as Maddy McVicar scored 5 and Paige Gillespie 4 with the team turning out just 11-points. The guests saw Veroneau go 9/10 from the free stripe and add 2-3’s and 2-hoops for 19-points, and teammate Jackson added 4, as the Waynflete Flyers powered to a State Title win. 

The game change happened at 4:06 when Martha let fly from 6’ above the circle making a three and giving the Flyers their first lead 46-44. Paige Gillespie followed with a nice two, tying it at 46. Then at 2:53 of the final stanza Calais’ Gillespie made another two, getting the lead back for the final time. Martha Veroneau went on in the final 2:19-minutes to score an amazing 13-points in the 59-55 win.

In the stats Calais controlled the boards 49-41, but the Portland based squad caused 27-turnovers for Calais while they had 15, and they dominated the free throw line hitting 16 of 26, while Calais made just 5 of 17; the two factors that were the difference in this thriller. Hats off to both teams as neither quit and gave the Bangor crowd one of the best “C” girls games ever played on the old Bangor Auditorium squares.

On the guests ledger Martha Veroneau was huge with 34-points including 4-3’s, and 12/16 from the free throw line and 12 boards; Rhiannan Jackson scored 17-points with 2-3’s and 11-boards; and Catherine Veroneau made just 3, but had 12-boards.

Calais had great balance as they did all season with senior captain Taylorae Carter hitting 11-points with 13-boards; Maddy McVicar made 9-points with 5-boards and 3-assists; Paige Gillespie netted 8-points with 11-boards, a steal, and an assist; Sierra Young hit 8 with 3-boards, Meaghan Cavanaugh netted 7 with 4-assists; Olivia Smith scored 6, had 6-boards, a steal, and an assist, Kaylee Johnson scored 4 with 5-boards, Mallory Black hit 2 with 3-boards, and Kate Cundiff had a rebound.

The entire county is very proud of these talented Lady Blue Devils, and we wish the three seniors, Sarah Smith, Sierra Young, and Meaghan Cavanaugh each a great college career. We also look forward to the very talented 10-returning players for next season. Fantastic season, Lady Devils!!