KENNEBUNK — Will MacDonald deflected each question about his career 36-point performance on the road at Kennebunk last Friday night.
The York High School junior captain scored 12 points in the first quarter, five in the second, another 13 in the third and six more in the fourth, leading the Wildcats to a 67-63 Class A South win over the previously undefeated Rams.
All MacDonald wanted to talk about before stepping on the court before Monday’s practice was how important the win, the sixth of the season, was for the Wildcats.
“We came out with good intensity,” MacDonald said. “I thought we played very well as a team. I had confidence in myself, but also confidence in my teammates. It was a really good win for us.”
MacDonald’s 36 points was the most scored by a Wildcat since Trevor LaBonte’s 39-point outing against Biddeford during the 2015-16 season.
“Scoring (36) is a good accomplishment, but it’s really about beating Kennebunk,” MacDonald said. “Kennebunk was undefeated, and we went up there and showed them who we are; that was a big accomplishment for our team, we made a big statement.”
MacDonald hit on five 3-pointers, was 7-for-7 from the free throw line, including four in the fourth quarter.
“(MacDonald) challenges himself to improve every day,” York second-year head coach Paul Marquis said after Monday’s practice. “He challenges others to do the same. He’s completely dedicated to becoming the best he can be and supports his teammates in both their successes and difficulties.”
MacDonald connected on two 3-pointers and scored 13 of York’s 24 points in the third, while Riley Linn and Teagan Hynes also each had a 3-pointer in the quarter. The Wildcats took a 59-45 lead into the fourth quarter.
“I thought (MacDonald) may have had around 23-24,” Marquis said. “It was back and forth all night; if 36 (points) can be kind of quiet, I guess this was.”
Cam Lovejoy led Kennebunk with 18, while Max Murray and Kyle Pasieniuk had 17 and 12 points, respectively.
“People were saying it was the most packed the Kennebunk gym has ever been,” MacDonald said. “Their student section was pretty big and they were chirping a bit. It was really an enjoyable night for me and my teammates. We had a blast beating a team that everybody thought was going to blow us out.”
Sophomore Brady Cummins had nine for York, while Riley Johnston and Linn each had six.
"A great high school game," Marquis said. "It's a huge win for us. Friday was just what high school basketball is all about; it shows that anyone can beat anyone on any given night.”