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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:32 am
by Tom Nolette
Top-ranked Greely eases past Leavitt in Class A South quarterfinal
Anna DeWolfe scores 26 points as the Rangers advance to the semifinals against Marshwood.

... Once the Rangers did, they put on a show.

With Anna DeWolfe scoring 26 points and handing out 10 assists, the Rangers ran away from the eighth-ranked Hornets 75-36 at the Portland Expo. Leavitt held the early advantage, but a 16-0 run by Greely that started late in the first quarter gave the Rangers all the momentum.

“They’re a very, very good basketball team,” said Hornets Coach David Gerrish. “If you look at the facets of the game, they defended well, they caused turnovers, they rebounded well, they passed well and they shot well. That’s all you need, right?” ... terfinals/

Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:38 am
by Tom Nolette
Marshwood tops Fryeburg in Class A South
The Hawks advance to the semifinals after a 40-32 victory.

Knowing his team could use an extra offensive weapon, Marshwood girls’ basketball coach Steve Freeman called up freshman Angelina Bisson to the varsity with three games left in the regular season.

Freeman’s decision paid dividends in Monday’s Class A South quarterfinal. Bisson scored 16 points off the bench and made back-to-back critical baskets in the fourth quarter as the No. 4 Hawks beat fifth-seeded Fryeburg Academy 40-32 at the Portland Expo.

“She’s played four varsity games for us now,” Freeman said of Bisson. “She’s been playing really well for us, and especially with us struggling on offense we needed someone to step up, and she’s not scared for sure.” ... s-a-south/

Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:06 am
by Tom Nolette
Brunswick rolls into Class A South semifinals
The Dragons dominate the inside to beat Kennebunk, 57-42.

... Madeline Suhr led Brunswick with 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. She felt the difference between this game and the regular-season game – an overtime Brunswick in overtime – was defense.

“We just shut down the shooters,” she said. “We knew who the shooters were and we did it pretty well.”

“We played good help defense,” said Farrell. “You get good ball pressure with good help. … I don’t know if they got a good open look. When five girls move together, and using our length, it’s a good thing.” ... emifinals/

Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:08 am
by Tom Nolette
York holds on to edge Falmouth in Class A South
The Wildcats win, 49-46, and advance to Wednesday's semifinals.

York High senior guard Maddie Cogger said she never had to make free throws with the game on the line.

“But she sure looked like she has,” said Lily Posternak, the other returning starter from York’s 2016 Class A girls’ basketball championship team.

Cogger hit six straight free throws in the final 24 seconds of the game – each a perfect swish – to finish 12 of 12 at the line as No. 3 York beat No. 6 Falmouth 49-46 ... ... s-a-south/

Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:31 am
by Tom Nolette
Low profile players give Messalonskee girls big lift
McKenna Brodeur, Lydia Dexter give Eagles tough defense, big rebounds.

... AUGUSTA — Messalonskee senior McKenna Brodeur will have her hands full Wednesday afternoon defending and rebounding against Hampden Academy sophomore Bailey Donovan, who at 6-foot-3 is five inches taller. Fellow senior Lydia Dexter will also be asked to play defense and help on the boards.

They’re two of the lower profile players on a team loaded with two-way stars, among them Sophie Holmes, the leading scorer in the conference, 5-11 point guard Ally Turner and precocious freshman Gabrielle Wener. There are few weaknesses on the team, a reason the top-seeded Eagles led the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference this season in points scored and fewest points allowed. ... -big-lift/

Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:06 am
by Tom Nolette
GOOD EATS in Portland & now Falmouth owned by former Waterville and UMF basketball star Lance Meader. in Portland just behind the arena or on rte 1 in Falmouth...
See you there before, between or after games !

Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:16 am
by Tom Nolette
Wednesday, February 22

Video broadcast of semi-final and regional finals are free from to watch at

Girls’ Semifinals Cross Insurance Arena
1:00pm A Girls #3-York 35 vs. #2-Brunswick 43
2:30pm A Girls #4-Marshwood 35 vs. #1-Greely 46

2:30pm A Girls #3-Nokomis 45 vs. #2-Skowhegan 32
4:00pm A Girls 5-Hampden Academy 31 vs. #1-Messalonskee 70

Tournament Wednesday Morning and Afternoon Games From Bangor and Augusta
- ... d-augusta/

- Regional Finals tickets punched in Class A North hoops
- ... orth-hoops

Nokomis guard Sidney Moore, Messalonskee’s James Kouletsis, Cony boys coach T.J. Maines and Messalonskee girls coach Keith Derosby all stop by the podcast to talk about Wednesday’s action at the Augusta Civic Center ... y-edition/

Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:26 am
by Tom Nolette
Greely holds off Marshwood's upset bid, advances to another regional final

PORTLAND—The Class A South girls’ basketball tournament has been alluded to by some as the “Greely Invitational.”

The top-ranked Rangers knew it wasn’t going to be that easy, however, and Wednesday afternoon in a semifinal against Marshwood at the Cross Insurance Arena, they were pushed for three-plus quarters before finally pulling away.

Greely sophomore standout Anna DeWolfe got in early foul trouble and the fourth-ranked Hawks avoided an early knockout, trailing by only three points, 9-6, after one quarter. ... nal-final/


No. 1 Greely gets past pesky Marshwood
The Rangers advance to their third consecutive regional final with a 46-35 win.

... Brooke Obar led Greely with 13 points. Marshwood (15-5) held DeWolfe to 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting and also kept her from getting loose in the open court. Greely did not have a fast-break point.

“That’s a big part of our game and they were able to take the transition away, but we were able to adjust,” Obar said.

“Fortunately we haven’t had to deal with that all year,” Flaherty said, noting the consistency of DeWolfe. “She did struggle today. They did a nice job on her. I was kind of counting on the fact that the other players could pick her up, and obviously they did.”

Marshwood starts four sophomores and brings freshman Angelina Bisson and sophomore Noelle Barette off the bench for offensive spark. ... sky-hawks/


Greely 46, Marshwood 35: Hawks valiant in loss to top seed

... A 3-pointer by freshman Angelina Bisson put them ahead briefly midway through the second quarter. Herbold's baseline pull-up was the last basket in an opening two quarters that was ruled by defense, the Hawks throwing a few different looks at the Rangers, including guard Courtney Thim shadowing DeWolfe in a version of a box-and-one.

"We knew they were uncomfortable," said Freeman. "You could feel it from their fans and you could feel it from their team, with their body language. They weren't comfortable. ... We were flying high."

"We knew we could do it; we just wanted to prove it to everyone else," said Thim. "So it was like validation. But we also knew we had to keep going." ... o-top-seed

Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:38 am
by Tom Nolette
Nokomis girls top Skowhegan in ‘A’ North semifinal

... “We had a game plan and I told them they needed to stick to the game plan and they did exactly that.”

Nokomis made nine of its first 12 field-goal attempts and 10 of 18 overall in the first half, but 10 turnovers — primarily against Skowhegan’s full-court defensive pressure — limited the Warriors to a 23-18 lead at intermission.

“They’re super athletic and super athletic and that’s what they do, they make you uncomfortable when you have the ball,” said Paradis of Skowhegan. “We had to just be strong.”

Moore scored 13 early points, including three 3-pointers, as Nokomis twice built a nine-point advantage, but with Crockett and sophomore center Gabi Lord sitting out much of the second quarter with two fouls apiece, Skowhegan was able to claw back within five points thanks to a late 3-pointer by Sydney Reed ... semifinal/

Nokomis shuts down Skowhegan in Class A North
No. 3 Warriors advance to regional finals for first time since 2003.

... “We got a feel for the rims here (in the quarterfinals), and I knew my teammates were behind me, so it’s easy for me to feel confident,” Moore said.

Skowhegan, on the other hand, could never find offensive rhythm, with the Warriors focused on choking off all lanes to the paint.

“They executed their game plan well. I’m not going to say we didn’t come ready to play. I think we were just a little bit overwhelmed. That comes from (Nokomis) working very hard and doing what they do. They’re a little more experienced than us,” Skowhegan coach Mike LeBlanc said. “They had foul trouble, and we needed to try to get the ball in the post, and we didn’t do a very good job of that.” ... skowhegan/

Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:54 am
by Tom Nolette
Messalonskee storms past Hampden to reach ‘A’ girls final

... The Eagles regrouped Wednesday afternoon at the expense of Hampden Academy.

Coach Keith Derosby’s club used a swarming defense that inspired separate first-half scoring runs of 11 and 15 points to remain unbeaten with a 70-31 semifinal victory over the fifth-seeded Broncos at the Augusta Civic Center.

“We were really excited and we came ready to play today,” said Messalonskee junior guard Ally Turner, who scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half to help the Eagles build a 39-19 lead. “We got a lot of our nerves out in our first game here and it just feels good to win. ... rls-final/


Messalonskee rolls over Hampden in A North semis
Three Eagles finish in double figures in win.

... “We wanted this all season, and we knew we could do it,” senior forward McKenna Brodeur said. “Now we’re there. It feels pretty good.”

One game after Sophie Holmes’s 33 points led the way in a quarterfinal victory over Gardiner, the Eagles (20-0) conquered the semifinals with a display in depth. Brodeur led the team along with Holmes with 16 points, and Turner turned in 14 points as the top team in Class A North all season long rolled again.

“We can play everyone on our bench. Everyone has a role on the team,” Turner said. “It’s just, whoever is having a good game, that’s who we get the ball. If it’s all of us, if we’re all on, then we send the ball around. We just have a lot of offensive weapons.” ... rth-semis/