LEWISTON — Barring a miracle or an unmitigated disaster, depending upon which side of the river you call home, the outcome of Thursday’s Edward Little-Lewiston girls’ basketball KVAC season finale was never in doubt.

Anybody affiliated with the top-ranked Red Eddies wouldn’t be truthful if they said the score against the winless Blue Devils was a priority. How EL performed against its own standard in its final tune-up for the Eastern Class A tournament was a much bigger deal.

Well, after four frustrating minutes, a flurry of wide-open misses and a timeout, the Eddies rounded into playoff form and hit the accelerator to a 58-23 victory.

“Tonight was about getting ready for the tournament,” EL senior Miranda Martin said. “I think the difference this year is that we’re more relaxed.”

Martin led the Eddies (15-3) with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Freshman Kory Norcross notched 12 points. Dawna Daigle, another of the Eddies’ three seniors, chipped in eight points and six rebounds. Ashlee Arnold added eight points. Francesca Lally put together seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

“It was magical on my end,” EL coach Craig Jipson said of the regular season. “Our last season ended with the injury to Kirsten Prue (now at Bowdoin College). A lot of people told me at best this team would compete for a No. 8 spot, and it was just magical. People did their role. Our role players are great role players.”

EL advances to its third consecutive KVAC championship on Monday, likely against Morse.

Depending upon the outcome of multiple out-of-town games Thursday night, either EL or Morse will be top seed in the regional tournament, beginning with next Friday’s quarterfinals.

Seven different players scored in the first half, alone, to help EL put away Lewiston (0-18).

The Eddies went 1-for-12 from the opening tap and watched Lewiston keep it tied at two until the 4:06 mark. Arnold also picked up her second personal foul for the Eddies during that span, giving the Devils another glimmer of glee.

Martin’s two baskets in a 21-second span started a streak of 10 unanswered points that escalated into a 24-2 run. Backcourt steals, uncontested drives and second chances underneath the offensive glass became the rule.

Six points by Martin and four each from Lally, Norcross and Daigle staked the Eddies to an 18-4 lead at quarter’s end.

“I think it’s an advantage that we’ve done the same things, had the same starters, the same system, the same kids since middle school,” Lally said of the Eddies.

Emily Paione scored all of her team-high seven points in the fourth quarter for the Devils, mostly on the strength of two 3-pointers.

Kirstin McCombs, Lewiston’s lone senior, scored five points and pulled down seven rebounds in her final game.

Lewiston committed eight turnovers on its first 12 possessions and 29 in all. The Devils were 6-for-36 from the field.

“I’m very proud of these young ladies to have worked as hard as they have every game, every practice, good, bad and ugly,” Lewiston coach Mike McGraw said. “Unfortunately the skill level of the game isn’t quite there yet, but the heart and character are unquestioned.”

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