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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:31 am

PRELIM: Gardiner uses size, speed to oust Brewer
Mary Toman's double-double leads Tigers to Class A North preliminary round win.

... “Having that (size) advantage inside is a big help,” Toman said. “There’s not many teams that we can post up against, because we’re pretty small ourselves. When we get that opportunity, we have to take it.”

Brewer coach Chris Horr said his team simply couldn’t match up with Gardiner’s post presence. And when the Witches (5-14) struggled to find open looks from the perimeter in the second half, they found themselves chasing the Tigers down the homestretch.

“I thought the game was a little faster and a little more physical than what we’ve played in the past against them,” said Horr, whose team split two close contests with Gardiner in the regular season. “We had to adapt to that, and we didn’t do a very good job of adapting in the beginning. We don’t mind playing that way, but we didn’t adjust.”

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:02 am

PRELIM: Leavitt finds offense in time to beat Morse in prelim

...Leavitt owned the boards in the second half, out-rebounding Morse, 22-16, including eight caroms off the offensive glass.

"For us, we work on rebounding all the time, and it worked for us," Gerrish said.

"That goes back to their determination, and anytime we play Leavitt, it is always a game, they play hard and get after the ball," Roak said. "As a whole, we did our job on the boards. We just didn't put the ball into the basket."

Leavitt continued its offensive push in the final frame, with Belaire adding five more points, with four more coming from Fogg as the Hornets pulled away down the stretch. Belaire had eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Fogg added six points, seven boards and three steals.

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:10 am

PREVIEW: It’s a wide-open field in A North girls basketball tournament
Messalonskee's the clear favorite, but strong, deep teams fill the brackets.

He’s the coach of a team that’s won all 18 games it’s played, and dominated many of them. But you wouldn’t know it hearing Messalonskee’s Keith Derosby discuss the upcoming postseason, specifically the A North girls basketball tournament in which his Eagles are the top seed.

“I think it’s wide open,” he said. “I think we’re just as much a sitting duck as everybody else right now. It’s probably the most balanced that I’ve seen in my six years.”

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:30 am

Scores , stories and more form Fri 2/17

QTR-FINAL SCORES:
#3 Nokomis (55) vs #6 Camden Hills (41)
#2 Skowhegan (50) vs #10 Oceanside (41)
#4 Lawrence (39) vs #5 Hampden Academy (46)
#1 Messalonskee (67) vs #8 Gardiner (56)

Video highlights:
http://wabi.tv/2017/02/17/tournament-re ... sta-sites/

http://www.wcsh6.com/sports/tourney-tim ... /409497342

http://www.foxbangor.com/sports/item/18 ... rterfinals

http://wgme.com/sports/content/quirk-ch ... 02-18-2017

Box scores:
http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/17/s ... summaries/

Podcast: Center Court, Tournament Day 1
Travis Barrett is joined by Dave Dyer to break down a full day of action at the Augusta Civic Center. Class A North girls took center stage at the Augusta Civic Center of Friday. Hear from Skowhegan coach Mike LeBlanc, Messalonskee guard Sophie Holmes, Lawrence coach John Donato and staff writer Dave Dyer in this recap of the days’s activities.
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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:12 am

Sophomore sparks Hampden girls past Lawrence in ‘A’ quarterfinal

... The 6-foot-3 Donovan shook off a sluggish start to score six points in the the third quarter and 11 in the fourth period to help put the game away. She made 9 of 12 free throws and grabbed eight rebounds.

“(Donovan) struggled in the first half, but in the second half she made a couple and got herself going and got some blocks on defense,” said Scott. “She’s 6-4 and their tallest girl is 5-9 so we’ve got to get her the ball.”

Mercier led Lawrence with 10 points, while junior forward Molly Folsom grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/17/s ... rterfinal/

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Lawrence bows out against Hampden
Bulldogs upset by No. 5 Broncos in A North quarterfinals.... “We couldn’t defend the big girl,” Donato said after No. 4 Lawrence High School dropped a 46-39 decision to No. 5 Hampden Academy at the Augusta Civic Center. “End of story.”

The girl Donato referred to was 6-foot-4 sophomore center Bailey Donovan, who scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Broncos (12-7) advanced to the regional semifinals. Donovan scored 17 of her points in the second half, curbing any shot Lawrence (12-7) had of overcoming a dreadful start.

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:20 am

Young Skowhegan uses defense to fend off Oceanside in Class A girls quarterfinal

... “We knew they would try to get the ball to the post, and we knew Simmons and Butler were good outside shooters, and that if we left them open, they’d drain them all day,” said LeBlanc. “I think they shot a little better than we expected in the first half, and I reminded the girls at halftime that I didn’t think they were going to shoot that well in the second half.

“We picked up the intensity level a little bit, and it worked out for us,” he said.

Skowhegan applied relentless full-court pressure after the break, forcing 11 Oceanside turnovers during the third quarter alone while outscoring the Mariners 21-6 to take a 41-34 lead at the end of the period.

“They get after it,” said LeBlanc of his team’s defensive effort. “They work hard, and I’ve worked the living heck out of them all season. We do a lot of conditioning drills, and it showed.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/17/s ... rterfinal/

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Skowhegan rallies past Oceanside

The second-seeded Indians dominate the second half to earn a 50-41 Class A North quarterfinal win.

... Cooke and Mariah Dunbar led the second-seeded Indians (15-4) with 13 points apiece, while Cooke added 10 rebounds.

“I think they just finally got their feet wet a little bit and decided they can play, not go down without a fight” Skowhegan Coach Mike LeBlanc said.

No. 10 Oceanside, which got 11 points from Hope Butler, finished its season 8-12.

Skowhegan, which has an all-sophomore starting lineup and only one junior on its roster, found the poise to post perhaps its most impressive quarter of the year after a listless first half in which Oceanside dictated the pace of the game. The Indians made 8 of 11 shots in the third quarter, canning a pair of 3-pointers and turning a daunting deficit into a 41-34 lead.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/17/g ... oceanside/

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In tale of two halves, Oceanside falls to Skowhegan in quarterfinals
Mariners led by eight points at halftime, but outscored 30-13 in final two quarters

... In Friday's quarterfinal playoff encounter, Oceanside led 14-9 and 28-20 at the first two breaks, but trailed 41-34 after three stanzas. In retrospect, perhaps the Mariner wished the game could have continued and halftime cancelled.

Mariner coach Sam Bragg said the difference in the halves, which saw Skowhegan outscore Oceanside 30-13 over the final 16 minutes, was the Indians started to make shots, especially pivotal, confidence-building 3-pointers, in the third quarter and that, in turn, forced Oceanside to try to keep pace offensively, which resulted in, at times, costly turnovers, a scenario that perpetuated itself as the game slipped from the Mariners' grap.

Still, the Mariners, who were hit hard by the injury bug this season, hung tough and had a chance even late in the contest before Skowhegan closed out the victory.

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:24 am

Nokomis girls top Camden Hills in Class A North quarterfinal

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Nokomis of Newport girls basketball team discovered its identity the hard way earlier this month when the Warriors gave up 76 points in a lopsided loss to Camden Hills of Rockport.

“We are not a team that can go up and down the court. We can’t do it, and we’ve never done that,” said Nokomis coach Michelle Paradis. “We really need to slow the ball down and keep it to a slow pace.”

Given a second chance to face Camden Hills on Friday afternoon, Nokomis played its game rather than sail with the Windjammers and ground out a 55-41 victory in a Class A North quarterfinal at the Augusta Civic Center

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/17/s ... rterfinal/
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Nokomis ousts Camden Hills
The third-seeded Warriors advance to the Class A North semifinals with a 55-41 win.

... Camden Hills refused to go away quietly. Led by Charlotte Messer, who scored 14 points, the Windjammers cut their deficit to eight at the end of the third quarter and got as close as five in the fourth.

Then Crockett and Moore knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in a 20-second span, and the Warriors finished off the Windjammers at the free-throw line, nailing eight free throws.

“We knew that (Camden Hills) was a really good team, so we knew if we wanted to beat them we had to play solid defense and not exchange baskets with them,” Crockett said. “We just had to get a defensive stop, go down and score, get a defensive stop, and just keep going.”

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:35 am

Sophie Holmes leads Messalonskee girls late
Eagles pull away in 4th quarter for Class A North quarterfinal win over Gardiner.

... Holmes scored 11 of her game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter, opening up what was a one-score game after three quarters and lifting Messalonskee to a 67-56 win in the Class A quarters.

“We all have our roles on the team. Our team’s good at ball movement, and that opens up the floor for myself, Gabrielle, all our scorers,” said Holmes, who scored the team’s first 10 points of the fourth to turn a 50-47 lead into a 60-49 advantage. “I don’t think I took it upon myself. If the shot’s there, I’ll take it.”

Nothing about the win was easy, which coach Keith Derosby said can pay off in later rounds.

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:10 am

Notebook: Skowhegan, Nokomis prepare to meet again
Pace of game could decide A North semifinal outcome.

... The Indians and Warriors met once during the regular season, on Jan. 12 in Skowhegan. Nokomis walked away with a 41-34 victory. The strategy to beat the Indians, as told by Warriors head coach Michelle Paradis, was to slow the game down.

“Skowhegan is totally an up-and-down (the floor) team,” Paradis said. “So when we went there, we were super deliberate. I mean deliberate about walking the ball (offensively) down the floor. Every time we went up the floor, and using about a minute, minute and a half, every possession. There was not a possession that lasted under 30 seconds.”

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:44 am

Mon. 2/20 schedule /scores....
Class A South Quarter – Finals

1:00pm A Girls #3 York 49 vs #6 Falmouth 46
2:30pm A Girls #2 Brunswick 57 vs #7 Kennebunk 42
6:00pm A Girls #4 Marshwood 40 vs #5 Fryeburg 32
7:30pm A Girls #1 Greely 75 vs Leavitt 36

Video highlights :
- http://wabi.tv/2017/02/20/monday-night- ... nd-scores/

- http://www.wcsh6.com/sports/tourney-time-2-20/410358518

- http://www.wcsh6.com/sports/tourney-tim ... /410211533

- http://wgme.com/sports/content/mondays- ... ent-action

- http://www.wmtw.com/article/hoops-8-feb ... ts/8957555
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