Wildcats Outpace Tigers in Semifinal Victory

The girls varsity basketball team notched a 16 point playoff victory Friday over Fort Fairfield to advance to the Divison One Aroostook League Championship Game.


Dave Allen

Junior Faith Sjoberg gets her defender moving with a hesitation on the baseline during a February 2021 matchup between Presque Isle and Caribou at PIHS.

Cameron Levasseur, Sports Editor

The undefeated Presque Isle Wildcats kept on rolling tonight in the Aroostook League semifinals against the fourth seeded Fort Fairfield Tigers to the tune of a 57-41 win.

The game got off to a rocky start for the Wildcats, who trailed by six at the end of the first quarter after allowing a few too many passes on the interior. But a spark was lit beneath them in the intermission, and eight minutes later an 18-2 run had put them up by double digits at the close of the half.

The Tigers would claw back in the opening minutes of the third, pulling to within five with a little run of their own. It would not be enough however, as that pressure would fade and the home team regained control and began to run away with this one. 

A 13 point advantage after three became 16 at the final buzzer, as Presque Isle will march on in the pursuit of a county title, setting up a fourth meeting between the Wildcats and the Houlton Shiretowners this coming Monday, this time with the Division One Aroostook League Championship on the line.

Once again, senior Julianna Morningstar led her team in scoring off the bench with 17 points, including 4 three-pointers, on the night. 

“Our defense was on point and we paced the game quickly, which was our goal,” said Morningstar postgame. “However, we have things to tweak, so we’re looking forward to our next playoff game. I am beyond grateful for the chance to play this year despite the unusual circumstances.”

Junior Faith Sjoberg also cracked double digits, putting up 11, while classmate Sadie Lapointe followed with 9.