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Warrior girls edge past Owls by a point on senior night

Warrior Cassidy Lovley charges toward the basket as Hannah Nadeau of Madawaska defends during a girls varsity basketball game at Fort Kent Community High School on Monday, Feb. 5. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

FORT KENT, Maine — The Warrior girls charged back after being down for three quarters to defeat the Madawaska Owls by a single point, 32-31, during a senior night game at Fort Kent Community High School on Monday, Feb. 5.

Fort Kent was behind by as much as 10 points in the first quarter and ended the half down by a basket. By the end of the third quarter the Owls led by 3 points. The Warrior’s relentlessness proved effective, however, as they finally edged out Madawaska by a point to take the win after back and forth play in the final quarter.

Desirae Hafford scored a game high 13 points, including one from three-point range, for Fort Kent. Libby Lapointe added another 12 points including two three-pointers for the Warriors who completed the regular season at 12-6 with the win.

Brianne Thibeault led the way for Madawaska with 10 points, followed by Jenna Dugal who chipped in 8 points. The Owls moved to 11-6 with the loss and will play their final game of the regular season on Wednesday in Van Buren.

Kelly O’Leary is head coach of the Warrior girls, while Dean Gendreau heads up the Owls.

Warrior Cassidy Lovley charges toward the basket as Hannah Nadeau of Madawaska defends during a girls varsity basketball game at Fort Kent Community High School on Monday, Feb. 5. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

At the start of Monday’s game, Fort Kent seniors Cassidy Lovley, Libby Lapointe and Jordan O’Leary were joined by their parents for a special ceremony on the gymnasium floor to honor the girls as they embarked on the final home game of their high school basketball careers.

Coach Kelly O’Leary and his wife Joanne are the parents of Jordan O’Leary. Cassidy Lovley is the daughter of Shawn and Michelle Lovley. Libby LaPointe is the daughter of Travis and Odette LaPointe.

Also at the ceremony, Warriors’ assistant coach Davis Cyr read a letter written by the three seniors acknowledging Coach O’Leary, who has been coaching them since third grade.

“He has spent endless amounts of hours teaching them inbound plays, offenses, and defenses, but most importantly and above all, he has instilled passion, a love for the game, countless life lessons, and how to be a good person,” Cyr read. “…..they would like to thank him for everything he has done and taught them over all these years. Coach O’Leary, you will never be forgotten.”

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