Maine Hoops advances in YBOA tourney

Sport: Basketball (Girls)

Posted: April 5th, 2004 by Tom Nolette

Maine Hoops advances in YBOA tourney
FAIRFIELD — The Maine Hoops 16-and-under girls basketball team recently captured the state championship by winning the Youth Basketball of America State Tournament at Lawrence High School.

The tournament win qualifies the team to play in the YBOA National Championship later this year.

Area athletes on the team are Beth Suggs and Tarra Burr of Bath, Allyson Skillings from Woolwich, Hannah Fenwick of Topsham, Maggie Sabine from Litchfield and Amy Skillings of Dresden, the lattter of whom did not play due to an injury.

Other members of the are Augusta's Mackenzie and Courtney Dufour, Jen Nale (Waterville), Kaitlyn Deering (Sydney), Julie Smith (Brooks) and Stephanie Comstock (Bangor). The team is coached by Warren Skillings.

Maine Hoops 71, Maine Miracles 38
A shift to a four-guard set along with a full-court pressure defense allowed Maine Hoops to force several turnovers to begin the second half and break open a tight game in the championship game.

Maine Hoops outscored the Miracles 25-2 to start the second half with Sabine, Suggs and Fenwick accounting for 45 points.

Smith, Burr, Mackenzie Dufour, Courtney Dufour, Skillings and Comstock led a pressure defense that forced 32 turnovers.

Maine Hoops 54, C. Aroostook All Stars 41
Maine Hoops opened with a win behind 13 points from Sabine.

Burr and Suggs combined for 21 points and 19 rebounds, Skillings dished out six assists and had a strong floor game, and Fenwick, Mackenzie Dufour and Courtney Dufour stood out defensively.

Maine Hoops 57, Precision All Stars 35
A 15-0 run to open the second half allowed Maine Hoops to pull away for the win over a team from Falmouth.

Nale led all scorers with 20 points, while Comstock, Deering, Suggs and Courtney Dufour each scored seven.

Suggs, Fenwick and Sabine combined to pull down 31 rebounds as Maine Hoops controlled the paint. Guards Skillings and Mackenzie Dufour passed the ball well with 11 assists between them.

Maine Hoops 81, Sanford 37
Maine Hoops used a full-court trapping defense to jump out to a 21-0 lead en route to the win.

Sabine led five players into double figures for Maine Hoops with 18 points. Fenwick, Suggs and Burr chipped in 12 points apiece, while Comstock led the way on the defensive end with 14 rebounds.

The win sent Maine Hoops into the semifinals.

Maine Hoops 59, North Stars 50

In a rematch of the 2007 YBOA title game, Maine Hoops erased a 33-25 deficit to move onto the championship game.

Mackenzie Dufour, Smith and Fenwick led the charge to open the second half with a 15-5 run to take a 40-38 lead.

Sabine (18 points), Suggs (12) and Fenwick (12), along with both Dufours, Smith and Skillings, helped Maine Hoops pull away down the stretch.