Class AA: State Tourney Thread

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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:06 am

Tuesday, February 21
Semi-final action:

Portland
1:00pm AA Girls #2 South Portland 43 vs #3 Scarborough 27
2:30pm AA Girls #1 Gorham 53 vs #4 Maine Girls' Academy 23

Augusta
4:00pm AA Girls #2 Edward Little 40 vs #3 Deering 46
5:30pm AA Girls #1 Oxford Hills 69 vs #5 Bangor 36
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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:57 am

Gorham overpowers MGA in semifinals
PORTLAND—All season, they were outgunned.

All season, they gave their all anyway.

And in the final game of the season, the Maine Girls’ Academy basketball team bowed out with another valiant effort, but unfortunately for the Lions, they had the misfortune of squaring off against the state’s best team, Gorham, in a Class AA South semifinal Tuesday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Arena.

MGA held the potent defending Class AA champion Rams to a mere six points in the first quarter, but could only muster two of its own, as Gorham sophomore post standout Mackenzie Holmes was a shot-blocking machine and the Lions committed nine turnovers.

http://www.theforecaster.net/gorham-ove ... emifinals/

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Top-ranked Gorham cruises past MGA
The unbeaten Rams will face South Portland for the regional championship on Friday.

... Using a tenacious defense to set the tone early, unbeaten Gorham defeated Maine Girls’ Academy 53-23 Tuesday afternoon at Cross Insurance Arena. Mackenzie Holmes, a 6-foot-2 sophomore center, led the defensive effort with 10 blocked shots to go along with 10 rebounds and 14 points.

“You’ve got to make sure if the baskets are hard to come by that you’re making it difficult for the other team as well,” said Gorham Coach Laughn Berthiaume. “And I thought we did that.”

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/21/g ... -past-mga/
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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:58 am

South Portland stifles Scarborough in semis

PORTLAND—When the South Portland girls’ basketball team lost at Scarborough back on Jan. 3, its season could have gone one of two ways.

It could have down the drain, or the Red Riots could have used that loss as motivation and rebounded.

It’s safe to say that South Portland has responded like champions and now, the Red Riots are in fact, two victories away from being crowned as such.

http://www.theforecaster.net/south-port ... -in-semis/

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South Portland’s defense too much for Scarborough
The Red Riots advance to Class AA South final with a 43-27 victory.

... The Red Riots forced four consecutive turnovers at the start of the third quarter and converted them into eight points to break open what was a three-point game at halftime. Then South Portland really clamped down, holding Scarborough scoreless in the fourth quarter to pull away for its 13th consecutive victory.

We talked about that before the game,” said Hasson. “We really believe if we play our best defensive game, we’re tough to beat. And that’s what we did tonight.”

South Portland (17-2) will play top-ranked, undefeated and defending Class AA state champion Gorham in the regional final at 6 p.m. Friday. Gorham defeated the Red Riots 44-31 on Dec. 15.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/21/g ... borough-2/
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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:34 am

Deering tops EL to reach regional final
The Rams get a boost from return of Amanda Brett and 18 points from Tasia Titherington.

... Brett, a senior center, was diagnosed with a fractured left femur Jan. 3. She had not played or practiced for eight weeks, but was cleared to play Monday. Brett scored seven points and was pivotal in the fourth quarter.

“My adrenaline kind of overtook the tiredness that I was feeling and I was just so excited for the girls, how well we did today,” Brett said. “I knew we could do it and I hope to do it Friday and then the following weekend.”

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/21/g ... nal-final/

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Deering shoots straight, derails Edward Little's AA North title defense

... Katasia Titherington led the way for Deering with 18 points, while Delaney Haines added nine points on three 3-pointers. Jordyn Reynolds ended her career at Edward Little with 16 points, eight rebounds and five blocks, while Jade Perry added nine points and eight rebounds.

Deering made seven of 12 3-point attempts in the first half to take a 25-21 lead at halftime.

"In the first half, the kid that was supposed to slide out there just physically couldn't get there. So we made some adjustments in the second half. But I thought Deering made some great adjustments, too," EL coach Craig Jipson said.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... se/2081904
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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:27 am

Vikings start fast, obliterate Rams in AA North semifinals

... "Over the last two weeks, we've been stressing every facet of the game, and I felt like they executed on every facet of the game, at least in the first half," Oxford Hills coach Nate Pelletier said. "That's probably the best half I've had as a coach in my career, and it's all because they just executed every single thing that we wanted to do."

Freshman Julia Colby scored the game's first seven points en route to a game-high 15 points.

"She does that in practice all of the time," Pelletier said. "That's what I see every day. She's the type of kid that is going to take what's given to her, and today it was given to her and she stepped up when we needed her to. Erin Morton, I thought, played awesome as a senior. All of them just did what they had to do to make us successful."

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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:05 am

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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:27 am

Friday February 24

Portland
AA Regional Finals Cross Insurance Arena
6:00pm AA Girls Regional Championship
South Portland 44 vs. #1-Gorham 46

Augusta
7:00pm AA Girls Regional Championship
Deering 41 vs. #1-Oxford Hills 46 OT

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Tourney Time: Regional finals
- http://www.wcsh6.com/sports/high-school ... /414552039

AA boys and girls regional titles
- http://www.wmtw.com/article/aa-boys-and ... es/8979185
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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:04 am

Oxford Hills tops Deering in overtime to win AA North title
The top-seeded Vikings earn a 46-41 victory and will face unbeaten Gorham in the state championship game.

... AUGUSTA — Top-seeded Oxford Hills sank all nine of its free throws in overtime to capture the Class AA North girls’ basketball championship Friday night with a 46-41 win against No. 3 Deering at the Augusta Civic Center.

Jadah Adams, a sophomore center, and Julia Colby, a freshman guard, scored 13 points apiece to lead the Vikings (19-1) to their first regional final since they played for the Class A championship three years ago.

Deering’s Tasia Titherington, a senior guard who led all scorers with 21 points, received the Red McMann Award as the regional’s most valuable player.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/24/g ... -overtime/

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Oxford Hills completes AA North conquest, reaches state title game

... "That was the longest four minutes of my life," Oxford Hills sophomore center Jadah Adams said. "(Going to states) is definitely kind of surreal because last year we were in the same position and our season came to an end right here. But we have a chance to move further on, and we're ready."

"When it comes down to it, if you make free throws, you're going to win games," Oxford Hills coach Nate Pelletier said. "We work on free throws so much because I watch these tournament games and you see teams miss free throws and shoot themselves in the foot. I think the girls really understand why we did it now."

"Our 3s weren't falling and we finally decided to take it to the rim. That's what was working, so we kept doing it," Oxford Hills senior Erin Morton said.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... me/2084014

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Deering’s title dream dashed in heartbreaking OT loss to Oxford Hills

AUGUSTA—Heartache and pride.

The three-month odyssey of the Deering girls’ basketball team ultimately culminated with a gutwrenching loss, but the Rams left in their wake much to be proud of.

Friday evening in the Class AA North Final at the Augusta Civic Center, Deering, the forgotten No. 3 seed, overlooked after an up-and-down regular season, gave the top-ranked Oxford Hills Vikings all they could handle for 32 minutes and more, but ultimately fell just short and left the floor lamenting what-if.

A month after Oxford Hills edged Deering on a buzzer beater in the regular season, the teams once again played dead-even basketball, this time for 36 minutes.

http://www.theforecaster.net/deerings-t ... ord-hills/

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Re: Class AA: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:09 am

Gorham holds off South Portland for second straight Class AA South title
The Rams defeat the Riots 46-44 for their 41st consecutive victory.

... On a team with Emily Esposito and Mackenzie Holmes – two of the state’s top five players – Michelle Rowe carved her name into Gorham High’s championship lore Friday night.

Rowe made three game-changing plays in the final 50 seconds to help top-ranked and undefeated Gorham hold off second-seeded South Portland 46-44 in the Class AA South girls’ basketball championship game at Cross Insurance Arena. Rowe, a junior forward, made a steal with the score tied, hit two foul shots to break the tie and then assisted Esposito on what turned out to be the winning basket.

“Michelle made three championship plays at the end,” said Gorham Coach Laughn Berthiaume. “She did a number of different things for us at the end to really help us win that game.”

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/24/g ... uth-title/

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