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Black Bears stir up pride in girls' and womens' basketball

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:49 am

The Hot Corner: Black Bears stir up pride in Maine girls' and womens' basketball

...Putting the product in that spotlight is a primary reason Maine produced a star of national prominence, Westbrook’s Lisa Blais, right off the bat. Blais helped steer Old Dominion to an NCAA championship in 1985.

That talent pipeline grew more potent, and fans of the sport rapidly reaped the benefits closer to home. She is often forgotten today, but Hall-Dale’s Rachel Bouchard was the standard-bearer who built the foundation at Maine. Tall, athletic and tireless committed to the game, she was the first to show younger ladies that you could get a great education while competing on a national scope in your favorite sport without crossing the state line.

Those lessons paid dividends about five years later, when we met Cindy Blodgett. Curly-haired, barely 5-foot-8, given to an economy of words, armed with a self-taught and unorthodox style of jump shot, she led Lawrence High School to four consecutive state championships and was a folk hero long before she spurned offers from Notre Dame and Colorado to grow her legend an hour from home. ... asketball/
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