Lady Bengals win home opener

FORT KENT, Maine — In what was the home opener for the UMFK women’s basketball team this season, the Bengals took on the visiting Mustangs from Central Maine Community College and came away with the win, 70-61.

Both teams came in with only one loss in the young season, according to Fletcher Brown, head women’s basketball coach. The Bengals got out to a double-digit lead early due to their aggressiveness and ability to get to the line. Ivette Trujillo was a force down low for UMFK in the first half with her eight points.

Despite being up early, the visiting Mustangs never gave up and cut the lead to eight at halftime. Although the Bengals led the entire way, the Mustangs had a ton of fight in them, said Brown, and continued to hit timely shots down the stretch, never letting the Bengal lead exceed 10 in the fourth quarter.

Tajaheray McMahan was a “clutch in crunch time” for the Bengals, Brown said. With about five minutes remaining in the game, with the Bengals ahead by only eight, she came down on three consecutive possessions to hit three-point baskets to seal the deal for UMFK. Trinity Washington gave the Bengals excellent pace throughout with her nine rebounds and nine assists.

The Lady Bengals have a few days off for Thanksgiving before they take on Maine Maritime Academy on Nov. 27 in Castine.

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