FARMINGTON – For a few moments, Christina Mosher was disappointed with the thought that she had scored her 1,000th point.

That’s because on Friday, the Mt. Blue senior thought briefly that her milestone had already come and gone.

“We had a little scare (Friday) night because we thought I already did it in the last game,” said Mosher.

Another examination of the numbers showed that Mosher was actually six points shy, and that allowed the future University of Maine Black Bear to reach her goal in proper style Saturday.

Mosher scored six of her game-high 15 points in the first quarter to become just the second player in Mt. Blue girls’ basketball history to surpass 1,000. She joined Heather Ernest in the exclusive club while leading the Cougars to a 44-38 win over Oxford Hills.

“It means a lot,” said Mosher. “It was a goal I’ve had since I came here. I wrote it down on paper as one of my goals, and I wasn’t really ever sure I could do it, but I slowly chipped away at it.”

Mosher scored the first four points of the game, but the Vikings made it hard on Mosher after that. She had a chance from the free throw line midway through the quarter but missed both. She finally reached the plateau on a rebound of a Bonnie Silkman shot with three seconds left in the quarter.

The game was halted, and she was met at center court by her parents, Terry and Maureen. She was presented flowers, balloons and the game ball.

“It was exciting to get the first two, but then it was really stressful,” said Mosher. “I was really nervous, and it seemed like nothing was going in. It was nice to finally get it over with.”

She picked up three quick fouls in the second quarter as both teams endured 24 fouls in the opening half. The Cougars (4-3) quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter held up while both teams had to jostle lineups.

“The subs did a nice job,” said Mt. Blue coach Jeannine Paradis. “We always look for the fillers to come in and get the job done when other team members are on the bench.”

The Vikings struggled to get its offense going consistently. Terry Bunce led Oxford Hills (4-2) with 14 points, including nine in the second quarter.

“For some reason, we were very timid offensively,” said Oxford Hills coach Nate Pelletier. “Usually we shoot 100 shots a game, and today, we probably shot 30. That’s different. I haven’t seen that from the girls.”

The Vikings kept pace and made their best threat of the game in the fourth. Teira Durgin and Katie Martin each scored, and Megan Joyce hit a free throw in a 5-0 run that got the Vikings within 31-30 with 2:57 left.

After two free throws from Silkman, a steal by Mosher set up another Silkman basket and a five-point lead. Mosher then added back-to-back baskets for nine points in the final stanza.

“When I came back in, I wanted to give it all I had because I knew people were a little tired, and I’d been sitting,” said Mosher.


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