Class B West Girls’ Final: Lakers tip Warriors for sixth title in nine years

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PORTLAND — Lake Region won its third straight Class B West girls’ basketball title and sixth in nine seasons Saturday, pulling away from Wells in the second half for a 59-51 victory at Cumberland County Civic Center.

Senior center Tiana-Jo Carter scored 24 points, ripped down 18 rebounds and took home the Mike DiRenzo Award as tournament MVP. Sarah Hancock added 11 points and six assists, highlighted by a bank shot 3-pointer at the first-half horn that gave Lake Region (20-1) the lead for good.

The Lakers will travel to Cross Insurance Center in Bangor to face Mount Desert Island on Friday. MDI ended Presque Isle’s 64-game winning streak in the Class B East final.

Lake Region lost its five previous appearances in the state final since 2006, three to Presque Isle and two to Waterville.

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Alison Furness amassed 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists in her final game for Wells (18-3), which was the only team to defeat Lake Region during the regular season.

Nicole Moody added 13 points, four assists and four steals.

Wells jumped out to leads of 6-2 and 11-7 in a first half that featured eight lead changes and three ties.

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