LEWISTON – Everything’s new to the Lisbon Greyhounds these days. But they’re not having difficulty adapting.

“It’s going to be different playing in Portland, too, with a whole new setting, but I think we’re going to do fine,” junior guard Emily Moore said.

Considering the Greyhounds were already in unchartered territory – playing a prelim game, and hosting it in Lewiston, they’re already doing fine.

Seventh-seeded Lisbon used a 16-2 third quarter to pull away from 10th-seeded Poland and earn its first post-season win in 23 years, 43-34, at Lewiston High School Tuesday night.

Kelly Bourgoin tallied 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench, and Emily Moore ignited the second-half uprising with all nine of her points in the second half. Renee Moore added 10 points and five rebounds for the Greyhounds (10-9), who will face No. 2 Falmouth in the quarterfinals Monday at the Portland Expo.

“They really have a lot of confidence in themselves, whereas in year’s past they didn’t have it,” Lisbon coach Jake Gentle said.

Lisbon boosted a one-point halftime lead to double digits five minutes into the second half. Poland (5-14) missed its first seven shots and turned the ball over three times in that span. Bourgoin scored twice and assisted Renee Moore on another hoop to get Lisbon’s run going. Emily Moore weighed in with a pair of free throws and a deep 3 to make it 24-12 before Hilary Clark’s jumper got Poland on the board.

The Knights went more than six minutes without another field goal, and the Greyhounds had doubled them up by then, 34-17. Lisbon’s man-to-man allowed just 28 percent shooting and few second chances for the Knights.

“We’ve always played good defense,” Moore said. “It’s one of our stronger points. That helps us out a lot.”

The Greyhounds, meanwhile, found a way to attack Poland’s 2-3 zone and shot 48 percent in the second half.

“We just relaxed a little more offensively, started penetrating a little bit better against the zone and moving the ball a little bit quicker and taking the easy shots and knocking them down,” Gentle said. “We were attacking the gaps a lot better.”

It was Lisbon’s first non-open tournament playoff game since 1989, and Poland’s first ever, and it showed in the early going. Lisbon, which only trailed at 2-0, led 3-2 until Bourgoin hit a jumper to make it 5-2 with 36 seconds to go in the first quarter. The two teams combined to make four of 25 shots in the quarter.

“Both teams just came out really jittery. They missed some easy shots, and we missed some easy shots, and it looked like it was going to come down to who shook the nerves off first,” Gentle said. “It took until the third quarter to really get that going.”

Bourgoin doubled Lisbon’s lead with a 3 to start the second quarter and the Greyhounds led by as much as five. Poland moved the ball well but missed some easy shots and had others roll out before seemingly beginning to find their rhythm late in the half.

Danielle Belanger led the Knights with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Jen Dion and Kathryn Hall added six apiece.

Poland coach Barry Hackett declined comment after the game.


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