BANGOR, Maine – Normally, when you only make 12 field goal attempts, that’s a recipe for disaster.

The John Bapst girls basketball team, however, did enough defensively to overcome a tough shooting output, holding Hermon to three field goals in the second half to post a 32-26 Big East victory at the Bangor Auditorium Saturday afternoon.

Coach Mike Webb’s Crusaders remained undefeated at 8-0 while Hermon falls to 4-4.

The game was back-and-forth throughout the first half, with the Hawks leading by four at the 4:17 mark of the second quarter, but Bapst fought back to force a 19-19 tie at halftime.

Hermon’s 2-3 zone frustrated the Crusaders’ attack throughout the game, as two and sometimes even three defenders would collapse on 6-foot-1 center Samantha Gormley in the post.

However, once Bapst established a lead in the second half, they slowed things down.

After Erin Arnold’s 14-footer with 5:33 to go in the third made the score 24-21, the Crusaders held the ball for the rest of the quarter and the first minute and a half of the fourth.

That tactic worked, forcing the Hawks to break out of their zone and the Crusaders found more open paths to the basket.

Morgan Chasse’s driving runner in the paint with 1:04 left gave Bapst its biggest lead at 29-24, and the Crusaders would hit their free throws down the stretch.

Chasse and Gormley posted nine points apiece while Gormley grabbed nine rebounds.

Arnold’s nine points paced Hermon while Marissa Kelley contributed eight.

Ryan McLaughlin

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