Tuesday, March 11, 2014
AUGUSTA – Edward Little girls coach Craig Jipson acknowledged he wanted nothing to do with Amanda Johnson and Skowhegan, at least in the early going of the Eastern A tournament.
“I told all of our coaches that I didn't want to play Skowhegan in the first round,” he said. “You don't want to come into this building and play a senior on a mission. And Amanda Johnson is on a mission.”
The second-seeded Red Eddies (16-3) did avoid No. 6 Skowhegan (12-7) in the quarterfinals, but the two will square off in the semifinals at the Augusta Civic Center on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
Johnson scored 27 points, including five in overtime, to lift the Indians over No. 5 Mt. Blue 56-55 in overtime on Friday. Edward Little weathered a late rally to hold off No. 7 Hampden Academy, 60-50, on Friday as well.
Now, the Red Eddies will turn their attention to Johnson, the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A North player of the year.
:”She's a great, great player,” Jipson said. “Skowhegan has a lot more tournament history than we do. (Skowhegan coach) Heath (Cowan) has won a lot of games in this building. I'd be a lot happier if they didn't have Amanda Johnson.”
Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine