Abbie Quinn has taken her game to a new level.
The 6-foot junior center is fifth in Class AA North in scoring, averaging 13 points per game, and she is also fourth in rebounding (9.3) and blocked shots (1).
She has helped lead the Rams to three straight wins and four in their last five to earn the fourth seed for the Class AA North Tournament.
Now Quinn and the rest of the Bangor team, 12-6, will host No. 5 Windham, 11-7, in Wednesday’s 6 p.m. AA North quarterfinal at Red Barry Gym in Bangor. The teams split their regular season games with each winning at home.
Quinn has scored in double figures in her last seven games and is averaging 14.4 points per game during that stretch. She poured in 20 points as Bangor dealt top seed Oxford Hills its only home loss of the season, 68-55, on Feb. 9 and she followed that up with 13 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in Bangor’s season finale, a 54-33 win over Class A Brewer.
“She has become as dominant a presence on the court as there is,” said Bangor coach Jay Kemble. “Her footwork has continued to develop. Her game is expanding further and further away from the basket. She has gained more confidence playing face-up to the basket and shooting from the outside.”
Quinn said she has more confidence in her jump shot, and has worked on her moves in the post and on her footwork.
“Coming into this year, I wanted to be stronger in the post and to develop my mid [range] shot,” Quinn said. “I think I’ve done a good job doing that. I’ve worked on it in practice and my coaches have pushed me to make sure I get there.”
Junior point guard Emmie Streams said the teams’ focus is getting the ball to Quinn.
“She has done a phenomenal job finishing and doing what we need her to do in order to win,’ Streams said.
Quinn is also a force on the defensive side of the ball, Kemble said.
“She cleans everything up,” said Kemble, who added that Quinn, like his other post players, is unselfish. If she gets double or triple teamed in the paint, she will pass the ball out to their open perimeter shooters.
Kemble, Quinn and Streams said the team is playing its best basketball of the season.
“The pieces have started to fall into place,” said Quinn. “We’re playing well as a team.”
And Streams, who is averaging 9.6 points and 2.6 steals per game, noted that “we play 10 times better at home.”
Quinn and her teammates breathed a sigh of relief Monday when Streams took the court for practice.
The AA North assists leader (4.3 apg) was in a lot of pain when she fell to the court making a baseline move in the Brewer game. She had to be helped off the court and went home with an ice bag on her left knee.
“I was kind of nervous. I landed on it weird. But the trainer made me feel a lot better when he told me my ACL and MCL were good. I iced it and strengthened it over the weekend and I’m really excited to play,” Streams said.
“It’s always fun playing Windham. Sarah Talon is a very talented player. We match up well with them.”
Bangor triumphed 54-26 in their first matchup at home, before Windham responded with a 46-40 win.
Windham has a strong player in University of Maine-bound Talon (17.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.4 steals, 1.7 blocks) and some effective supplemental players that can’t be left alone.
“They’ve won 11 games and have enough talent to cause damage to anyone they’re playing,” Kemble said.