YARMOUTH — Lily Jordan spelled seven words without a mistake to win the Cumberland County Spelling Bee Tuesday night at Harrison Middle School.

An eighth grader at Cape Elizabeth Middle School who won the state bee a year ago, Jordan spelled “apocalyptic” to clinch her third straight county title. One round earlier, two boys and one girl missed their words and she spelled ‘effulgent.’

Eighteen students from nine local junior high or elementary schools qualified for the county competition by placing first or second in their school bees. After Jordan won, the three spellers who missed in the sixth round – eighth graders Konner Watson of Scarborough and Alexandra Ertman of Falmouth and sixth-grader Jacob Jordan of Cape Elizabeth – competed for second place.

Four rounds later, it was down to Ertman and Jacob Jordan, younger brother of Lily. They went 11 rounds before Ertman, an eighth grader, became runner-up after spelling “interrupt.”

The Maine State Spelling Bee, featuring each county champion, is scheduled for March 19 in the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall.