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AUGUSTA — Emily Strachan led Central Maine Community College’s offense in a 66-53 win over the University of Maine at Augusta in both teams’ inaugural Yankee Small College Conference women’s basketball game Wednesday at the Augusta Civic Center. .
Strachan, a Lewiston High School graduate, scored a team-high 19 points for the Mustangs, including 13-for-15 from the free throw line. Kalie Thompson (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Destiny Mora López (10 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles each.
The Mustangs led 13-6 after one quarter and continued to stretch the lead to 52-37 late in the third. Both teams endured cold shots, with CMCC hitting just 23.1% of their shots and UMA just 22.6%. The Mustangs clawed their way to a 66-32 rebounding advantage and scored 21 points on turnovers, compared to 10 for the Moose.
Among other area high school graduates who played for CMCC, former Oxford Hills standout Jade Smedberg grabbed 14 rebounds and scored five points, Lewiston graduate Myah Nicolas scored three points, Rangeley graduate Winnie LaRochelle scored a point and grabbed two rebounds, and Mountain Valley graduate Kierstyn Lyons grabbed two rebounds.
Alisyn Alley scored a game-high 21 points for Moose, while Monmouth graduate Kaeti Butterfield added eight points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Mountain Valley graduate Autumn Freeman had two rebounds and an assist while starting for Moose, Oak Hill graduate Desirae Dumais filled the stat book with two points, four rebounds, a steal and a block, and sister junior, Briana, played seven minutes off the bench. .
CMCC 97, UMA 91, OT: Wyatt Hathaway sent the game into overtime with a last-second shot, then scored six points in the extra frame to help the Mustangs get past the Moose at Augusta.
Hathaway, a Leavitt graduate, finished with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists. DeMarco McKissic led the Mustangs, who are now 2-0 in YSCC play, with 31 points and 16 rebounds. Jaeden Henderson also starred with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Among area graduates, former Mountain Valley standout Keagan Pitcher had five points, two assists and a steal off the bench. Lewiston graduates Malik Foster and Donovan Jackson also played reserve roles for CMCC, with Foster totaling four points, four rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes and Jackson given limited playing time.
Elijah Smith paced the University of Maine at Augusta with 29 points.
COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY
CUMMINGS APPOINTED LEC DPOY: Edward Little graduate Jordan Cummings was named the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Cummings, a junior on the University of Southern Maine team, started all 23 games and made a team-high eight defensive saves. He helped the Huskies hold opponents to 2.04 goals per game, including 1.25 per game in conference matchups.
Additionally, Cummings was selected to the all-conference first team. Classmate and Oxford Hills graduate Brooke Carson was named to the All-LEC Third Team.
COTE DE BATES WINS NESCAC HONOR: St. Dom graduate and Bates College junior Paige Cote was named an all-conference first-team selection by the New England Small College Athletic Conference this week.
Cote led NESCAC in assists this season, with 13, which was tied for sixth in all of Division III as of Tuesday. Cote also scored six goals, three of which were victory points.
SPRUCE DALTON GRAD RECEIVES ACCLAMATION: Spruce Mountain graduate Morgan Dalton, a senior on the St. Joseph’s College team, received Great Northeast Athletic Conference all-conference honors this week.
Dalton was selected to the All-GNAC First Team after leading the conference with nine defensive saves, along with four goals. He finished his college career with 71 games played and 14 defensive saves, which are the second most in program history.