Dexter Tigers vs. PVHS Howlers

The Penobscot Valley Howlers claimed the northern Maine championship after a defensive battle with the Dexter Tigers Saturday evening in Bangor.

The Howlers had to overcome a slow start, scoring only four points in the first half. Overcome it they did, with their defense stymieing the Tigers' offense in the second half. When the buzzer sounded, the Howlers won 24-20.

Junior Alexis Ireland had 16 points for Penobscot Valley.

Sophomore Peyton Grant led the Tigers (17-4) will 11 points.

The Howlers last won the regional championship in 1986.

Penobscot Valley (17-4) will play Boothbay for the Class C state championship at 7:05 p.m. on Sat., March 2 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.