Presque Isle High School senior guard Faith Sjoberg knew reaching the 1,000-point plateau for her high school career was going to be a challenge with an abbreviated number of games during the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19.
“That was definitely tough,” Sjoberg said. “I was a little worried at the beginning of the season that I wouldn’t get it. I knew I was a little bit behind. So I knew I had to work really hard to get to that point.”
That “point” occurred during Presque Isle’s 68-22 preliminary round win over Belfast. Sjoberg needed 10 points for 1,000 and poured in 24.
“That meant everything to me,” Sjoberg said. “That’s what I’ve worked my whole life for. And it was really special to share it with my teammates and my parents [Kevin and Sue Sjoberg].”
She followed that up by scoring 30 points and setting a Class B tournament record with eight 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats to a 45-30 quarterfinal win over Mount View of Thorndike at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
She now has 1,044 points entering Wednesday’s 3:30 p.m. game against Old Town at the Cross Center.
In addition to her threes, some of which were well beyond the 3-point arc, she also showed the ability to penetrate the lane and hit some short range jump shots.
“I’ve been working on [driving the lane] since early in my high school career, especially this year. I’ve been trying to get to the basket and make things happen that way,” Sjoberg said.
“Everybody thinks she is just a 3-point shooter but she has really improved her game,” Presque Isle coach Jeff Hudson said. “She is going to the basket and her defense is really good with her long arms. She is an awesome kid. She is a great player but an even better kid.”
The 5-foot-8 Sjoberg will take her basketball talents to Husson University in Bangor this fall.
The Class B North semifinals are plastered with players who are in the top 10 in the Big East’s statistics.
No. 2 Hermon, 17-2, will take on No. 3 Mount Desert Island, 16-4, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday followed by the game between No. 4 Presque Isle, 14-6, and No. 1 Old Town, 19-1.
Hermon and MDI split their regular season games while Old Town swept both from Presque Isle.
During the regular season, Sjoberg led the conference in scoring (15.2 points per game) followed by Old Town’s Saige Evans (15.1). Hermon’s Maddie Lebel was seventh (14.1), Old Town’s Maddie Emerson (11.8) was ninth and Presque Isle’s Anna Jandreau (11.7) was 10th.
Lebel was the top rebounder (9.2 per game), Evans was fourth (8.5) and MDI’s Mollie Gray (7.3) and Elizabeth Jones (6.9) were seventh and 10th, respectively.
MDI’s Olivia Gray, Mollie’s sister, is atop the assists (4.1) with Hermon’s Allie Cameron (3.3) third, Lebel (2.8) and Jandreau (2.8) at sixth and seventh and MDI’s Elena Alderman 10th (2.7).
Lebel is ninth in steals (2.4).