Friday February 17, 2012 | 08:08 PM

AUGUSTA – Edward Little girls coach Craig Jipson acknowledged he wanted nothing to do with Amanda Johnson and Skowhegan, at least in the early going of the Eastern A tournament.

“I told all of our coaches that I didn't want to play Skowhegan in the first round,” he said. “You don't want to come into this building and play a senior on a mission. And Amanda Johnson is on a mission.”

The second-seeded Red Eddies (16-3) did avoid No. 6 Skowhegan (12-7) in the quarterfinals, but the two will square off in the semifinals at the Augusta Civic Center on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

Johnson scored 27 points, including five in overtime, to lift the Indians over No. 5 Mt. Blue 56-55 in overtime on Friday. Edward Little weathered a late rally to hold off No. 7 Hampden Academy, 60-50, on Friday as well.

Now, the Red Eddies will turn their attention to Johnson, the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A North player of the year.

:”She's a great, great player,” Jipson said. “Skowhegan has a lot more tournament history than we do. (Skowhegan coach) Heath (Cowan) has won a lot of games in this building. I'd be a lot happier if they didn't have Amanda Johnson.”

 

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