After a being knotted at seven at the end of the first quarter, the Shead Tigers pulled away from the Central Aroostook Panthers to claim their first regional title in 16 years.

The 44-37 win at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Saturday sends the Tigers to the Class D state title game in Augusta.

Senior guard Cierra Seeley led the Tigers with 13 points. Cassidy Wilder had 11 points in the win.

"It feels awesome," Seeley said after the game. "We're going to go get them Saturday, too."

Shead, of Eastport, will play Rangeley at 1:05 p.m., Sat., Feb. 27, at the Augusta Civic Center.

Kassidy Levesque had 14 points for the Panthers, who finish the season with a 14-7 record.