Tourney Action Starts At Cross Center


Schenck Scares Woodland In Second Half Comeback


In the opening of the 2018 Northern Maine playoffs at the Cross Center in Bangor, the #2 seeded Lady Dragons were pitted against 7th ranked Schenck of East Millinocket with a 9-9 mark that was not an indication of their Class D rankings because they continue to play a very competitive schedule in Central Maine. 

The opening eight minutes saw Woodland playing a tough defense coupled with good offense from freshman standout center Emily Curtis as she pounded 8 points with 4 rebounds with Sadie Smith, Jennie Cox and Katie Erskine added points to the ledger, while holding their Wolverine opponents to just two free throws. A good 2nd frame sent the hosts to the lockers sporting a 24-7 edge.

Over the halftime 10 minutes the guests gained their composure while Woodland seemed to relax resulting in a number of careless turnovers and a big change in the third 8 minutes of action, as Schenck made 15 points while Emily scored the lone two hoops for the Lady Dragons putting the score after three at 28-22. 

It had become a new game as Schenck continued to battle while Woodland worked to hang on as turnovers in the final stanza continued to hamper the Woodland offense. A big three down the stretch from junior guard Brooke Russell and two baskets from junior Sadie Smith helped to keep the hosts alive, even with 18-team turnovers in the game, as they battled to the wire for a big 39-36 victory.

Freshman Emily Curtis paced all players as she performed extremely well at the Cross Center pouring in 16 points and ripping down 12 rebounds while committing no turnovers, opening her HS playoff career with a double-double against Schenck. Sadie Smith had a solid night taking three rebounds and scoring 11 points, with no turnovers. Brooke Russell came in with 6 important points, and junior Katie Erskine added 6 rebounds.