Cordelia Stewart was too big and too strong. Denae Johnson was too quick and decisive.
And No. 2 Bangor was too much for the highest seed in Eastern Class A girls' basketball championship history, running away from No. 9 Cony, 57-43, Friday night at Augusta Civic Center.
Stewart, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, scored 19 points and ripped down 17 rebounds for Bangor (17-4), which won its first regional title since 1982 and will host the state final here Saturday, March 2.
"We talked about not being flustered and fazed by the moment, getting the ball inside and attacking the basket, and we did that very well," Bangor coach Katie Herbine said.
Senior point guard Johnson added 10 points, 14 rebounds and six steals for the victorious Rams, who lost the services of senior starting forward Rachel Taft (broken foot) in a Friday morning automobile accident.
Taft's replacement, Mary Bragg, also produced 10 points. Mary Butler, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, chalked up five points and 13 rebounds, contributing to Bangor's 55-32 advantage on the glass.
"On the bus ride down today we were really focused," Butler said. "We talked about what a milestone this was for our program."
Josie Lee led the charge with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in her final game for Cony (14-8). Lee received the Bob Whytock Award for outstanding play and sportsmanship in the tourney.
Cony fell into a 12-2 hole at the start and never fully recovered, shooting 16-for-72 (22 percent) on the night. The hometown Rams took down No. 1 Edward Little and No. 4 Lawrence largely on the strength of their perimeter prowess, but they were held to 5-for-29 from beyond the arc in the final.
"We talked about having to get out on their 3-point shooters," said Herbine, known as Katie Clark when she starred at Bangor and the University of Maine, "because obviously they do that very well."
Bangor's lead dipped to three points, 15-12, before a 10-0 run early in the second period. Bragg and Stewart punctuated the effort with second-chance buckets. Johnson and junior guard Liz Dana (six points) also chipped in.
It was 31-16 at halftime.
Bayleigh Logan added 12 points for Cony, eight in the second half.