With the Class B tournament right around the corner, the Hermon High School Hawks are trying to compensate for the loss of junior forward Caitlynn Tracy.
Tracy suffered a broken wrist in a 51-26 win at Orono on Jan. 22 and is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season.
Hermon coach Chris Cameron said Tracy was averaging close to a double-double and got injured when she took a charge, fell backward and landed “awkwardly on her wrist.”
The Hawks won three in a row without her until Presque Isle upended them 62-54 on Saturday night behind Emily Wheaton’s 39 points.
Tracy had been a valuable sub a year ago before earning a starting spot this season.
“She came out of nowhere. I didn’t expect her to play as well as she has,” said Cameron.
Two lineup alterations have been made to offset her loss depending on the opponent.
“There isn’t a lot of size in the league so we can start Madi Curtis, who is a guard that is strong enough to play forward,” explained Cameron. “It’s almost a four-guard set.”
The 5-foot-7 Curtis is a junior.
“Or we can start sophomore Grace Page (5-10), who is a big lefty,” said Cameron. “She has really stepped up her game. She has scored in double digits and also had double-digit rebounds at MDI (44-40 win at Bar Harbor on Jan. 24),” said Cameron.
The 15-2 Hawks and 14-3 John Bapst of Bangor play for the top seed for the upcoming Class B North tournament on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
John Bapst leads Hermon by 6.2 points atop the Heal Point standings.
The Crusaders beat the Hawks 53-41 in Hermon on Jan. 10.
“They outplayed us. They wanted it more. They deserved to win,” said Cameron, who expects a better performance from his Hawks on Tuesday.