Sunday, May 19, 2013
Mt. Ararat senior forward Mallory Nelson certainly opened some eyes with her play in the Eastern Class A tournament at the Augusta Civic Center.
Nelson scored 22 points Friday in the Eagles' quarterfinal win over Oxford Hills. On Wednesday, she had 24 points in a 56-44 loss to Bangor in the semifinals.
In each game, Nelson went 12 for 12 at the free-throw line, despite playing at a venue that can cause havoc with the best shooters.
According to Mt. Ararat's scorekeeper, Nelson hit her last 37 free throws. Most of them didn't even touch the rim, just net.
"We work on our foul shooting a lot, especially before the playoffs,'' said Nelson. "We know that foul shooting can win or lose a game. It's very important to us.''
But what about her own shooting?
"I just relaxed a lot more this year,'' she said. "More confident. I knew I could make them.''
SITTING HIGH above the Bangor High bench Wednesday was Jack Cosgrove, the University of Maine football coach.
His daughter, Carly, is a senior reserve forward for the Rams and gave Coach Katie Herbine some valuable minutes when the Bangor starters got into foul trouble.
Asked if it was more nerve-wracking watching her in a close game or making a call on fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter, Jack Cosgrove smiled.
"Well, I would have more control over my situation,'' he said. "So this is more nerve-wracking."Tweet
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Paul Betit is an Augusta native and graduate of the University of Maine. He has covered Maine high school sports for more than 30 years and is entering his seventh season as a beat writer covering the Portland Pirates. In his spare time, Betit writes mystery-suspense novels. Occasionally, he tries to sink his second career hole-in-one.
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