Greene, SMCC run, gun way past CMCC

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AUBURN – Launch the ball like it’s an overheated TV dinner tray and turn the offensive glass into your personal playground.

It’s the style of hoop that the old American Basketball Association and, later, early-1980s Los Angeles Lakers coach Paul Westhead made famous. The Southern Maine Community College women didn’t fare badly with it Thursday evening, either, for as long as they needed it.

SMCC gunned its way to a 19-point halftime lead against undermanned Central Maine Community College and coasted to a 79-61 win at Kirk Hall.

Amy Greene led SMCC (9-7) with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Beth Ouellette added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

“We have not made a lot of our shots this season,” said SMCC coach Amanda Rodgerson. “Tonight it happened that we our shots were falling, and we were able to get the rebounds when they didn’t.”

SMCC shot 32-for-84 (38 percent) from the field, airing out 53 of those in the first half. The Seawolves enjoyed a 33-22 rebounding edge in that span, including 17 offensive caroms, to roll up a 47-28 advantage.

Kathryn Millett brought 13 points off the bench for SMCC. The Seawolves’ reserves outscored the Mustangs’ reinforcements, 28-9, to polish off a rare season sweep of its closest rival.

“They’re not the same team we played in the first semester,” Rodgerson said.

Definitely not. The Mustangs dropped that Dec. 14 meeting, 54-42. More recently, they’ve lost four of their starting five due to injuries or academic ineligibility. Another veteran presence, Justine Frost-Kolva, played Thursday but was visibly hobbled by a knee injury.

“We’re just trying to get through it,” said CMCC coach Mike Bridges, whose program has averaged more than 20 wins per season in his nine-year tenure.

“I’m not discouraged. We’re a really freshman-laden team, which means we’re just trying to get better. This team is our future.”

Jackie Moors led the Mustangs (7-7) with 13 points and 16 rebounds.

Tiffany Seams also chalked up 13 points, including 11 in the second half, to complement five boards and five assists. Desiree Brackett added 11 points.

Greene scored the first 11 points for SMCC, nine from 3-point range.

Then the Seawolves’ depth took over. Each of the eight players seeing first-half playing time contributed at least three points and quickly turned it into a rout.

The Mustangs were victimized by three separate SMCC runs of eight points or more. Greene staged the first one by herself, draining two 3-pointers and a second-chance deuce in just over a minute to reverse an 8-3 deficit into an 11-8 lead.

CMCC stayed within two at 20-18 on Tiffany Dunn’s 17-footer from the right wing with 10:20 remaining in the half.

“The good thing for us is that we’ve gotten through the power teams on our schedule. The rest of the season we face teams that we should be competitive with.”

CMCC’s final five games of the Yankee Conference season are at home.

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