Elizabeth Wyman poured in a game-high 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds as No. 2 Hermon overcame a sluggish start to beat No. 3 Mount Desert Island in their Class B North semifinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Wednesday afternoon.
Hermon will play Old Town in Saturday’s 2 p.m. final.
Charlotte Caron had 13 points off the bench and also had two blocked shots. Maddie Lebel had five points and 10 rebounds along with two steals for the 18-2 winners. Faith Coombs had six points also in a reserve role.
Elizabeth Jones’ 12 points and six rebounds paced 16-5 MDI. Olivia Gray had seven points, seven rebounds and three assists and Elena Alderman had five points and three steals.
Caron and Coombs came off the bench and sparked a 14-0 run in the second quarter that transformed an 11-3 deficit into a 17-11 halftime lead.
Hermon shot a dismal 1-14 in the first period and MDI led 6-3 after one.
The Trojans then rattled off the first five points of the second quarter to build an 11-3 lead.
But Wyman fed Coombs for a 3-pointer to trigger the 14-0 run.
Wyman got a favorable bounce on a 7-foot runner, Coombs passed to Caron in the corner for a three, Lebel found Coombs open for another three and Caron capped the flurry with a three from the right elbow.
Elizabeth Jones had six first-half points for the Trojans.
Wyman had eight third-quarter points and an assist as Hermon expanded the lead to 15 late in the period.
MDI rallied valiantly in the fourth quarter behind Olivia Gray’s five points and Jones’ five to pull within 35-30 with 3:21 remaining.
But Caron and Lebel sank five free throws to put it away.
“Our good defense kept us in the running,” Wyman said. “And Faith and Charlotte came off the bench to hit some big threes and that’s what we needed to get us some momentum and push us forward.”
“Their defense took us out of things [we like to do]. They play really good man-to-man defense. We struggled getting open in the second quarter and they capitalized,” said MDI coach Brent Barker.
“They’re a very good basketball team. They beat us. But I’m very proud of our girls for coming back like they did. We just dug a hole too deep. And they have some good shooters.”
After shooting 1-for-14 in the first period, Hermon shot 15-for-29 the rest of the way.
MDI shot 14-for-36.
Hermon senior forward Meg Tracy suffered a leg injury late in the game and had to be helped off the court.