Hebron’s Franceska Halloran reaches in as Rangeley’s Brooke Egan dribbles toward the hoop during Friday’s game at Hebron Academy. (Sun Journal photo by Andree Kehn)

HEBRON — A second-quarter shift in momentum helped lead the Rangeley girls basketball team to a 45-36 victory over Hebron on Friday night.

Hebron led 16-10 at the end of the first quarter, but Rangeley charged back thanks to the play of Olivia Pye, who scored 10 points in the second period to take the lead late in the first half.

Hebron’s Allyson Welsh scored eight points on four layups in the first quarter to help give the Lumberjacks the early cushion. However, with 3:33 left in the half, Welsh committed her third foul, moments after fellow starter Reily New also picked up her third.

That left Hebron vulnerable inside, and Pye took advantage.

The Lumberjacks scored only five points in the second quarter, and with Welsh and New out, the defense suffered as much as the offense.

In the second half, Winnie LaRochelle took over with six points in the third and five in the fourth for Rangeley. The freshmen said she and her teammates were never worried about the early deficit.

“We had a hard time getting our defense going at first, and basically Brooke (Egan) and Lauren (Eastlack) were like, ‘Guys, we’ve got this.’ And they just kept saying it over and over again,” LaRochelle said.

Hebron couldn’t get shots to fall and went almost the final four minutes without scoring as Rangeley pulled away.

The loss is the Lumberjacks’ second of the season, but coach Colin Griggs expected Friday’s game to be tough.

“That intensity and atmosphere is what we expected against Rangeley, and we know moving forward we will have tougher games coming up,” Griggs said.

LaRochelle scored 13, as did Franceska Halloran of Hebron, to lead all scorers.

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