Waynflete junior Martha Veroneau has two older brothers and an older sister who excelled on the basketball floor for the private Portland school.

Older sister Margaret, who graduated five years ago, topped 1,000 points while Andrew (2008) and Joe (2011) both were top players for the Flyers.

But none of them had a day like Martha did Thursday against Boothbay in the semifinals of the Western Maine Class C tournament. Veroneau knew she was in the zone when she connected on his first four 3-pointers of the second quarter.

She finished with 47 points, breaking the tournament record set by Boothbay’s Katie Sibley in 2003, and broke her own record of seven 3-pointers in one game by finishing with nine.

“It’s just the greatest feeling to be able to play on this court in this atmosphere,” she said.

Veroneau missed four games this season with a sprained ankle, a partial explanation for Waynflete’s 11-7 regular-season record. The rest of it includes the loss of four of the team’s top eight players, including Martha’s twin sister Catherine, to injury. Yet they the Flyers have persevered and find themselves in Saturday’s final against top-seeded Hall-Dale.

“She’s been great ever since she came back,” Waynflete coach Brandon Salway said. “I think her time sitting gave her an opportunity to see the game and that sometimes you can slow down.”

The loss of some of the team’s taller players has transformed the Flyers into a four-guard pressing team that scores many of its points in transition. So far they’ve been unchallenged in two tournament games, based largely on their defense and Veroneau’s scoring. Salway said she’s about 50 points shy of 1,000 points, but scoring is only part of her value to the team.

“She’s really a competitive kid and she’s really unselfish,” he said. “She’s probably a better kid than she is a player.”

• • •

Jenney Abbott returned to the lineup for the Rangeley girls basketball team after missing time late with a knee injury. Abbott, a 5-foot-10 junior, scored three points before fouling out in the Lakers’ 54-46 win over Vinalhaven in the Western D regional semifinals.

“That was the first game that Jenney Abbott has played in two weeks. She hasn’t practiced,” Rangeley coach Heidi Deery said. “I thought she came up big.”

Augusta and Waterville news

Get news and events from your towns in your inbox every Friday.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.