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'It's about where we're going'

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

POLAND - Nothing sums up life like words on a t-shirt. Just this week, the Poland girls' basketball team unveiled new shirts printed with the words, "It's Not About Where We've Been. It's About Where We're Going."

Thornton Acad. 50, Westbrook 36

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Thornton Academy came to Warren Gym on Friday night knowing a victory over top-ranked and unbeaten Westbrook could get it back on track in Western Class A.

Falcons' Pressure Cooks Cougars

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Bob McPhee , Staff Writer Saturday, January 10, 2009 DIXFIELD - There is a great deal of respect between the Dirigo and Mountain Valley girls' basketball teams, but all bets were off when the arch-rivals faced each other at Defoe Gymnasium on Friday night. Venessa Cayer and Taylor Smith combined for 24 points as the Falcons picked up their intensity to rally for a 35-30 win over Dirigo. Both teams had used their trademark man-to-man defense to disrupt the flow and in the second half. Cayer scored eight of her game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter and a pair of baskets by Smith from 12-feet was enough. Mountain Valley made four of five shots from the floor and six of eight free throws in the fourth quarter. "We just applied more pressure down the stretch," Mountain Valley coach Rich Allen said. "We'd been picking Dirigo up at the three-point line and it gave them to much vision so this reduced their opportunities on offense. We settled down and were able to get the ball down low and into a post player." Dirigo (6-3), No.2 in Class C, was unable to answer until Katrina Pulk made a bunny with 1:35 left, and Ricki Sinclair made two free throws in the waning moments. The Cougars missed their final four shots and were 29 percent in game and committed six of 17 turnovers in the fourth quarter. "Dirigo is a rival," Cayer said. "We stepped it up and this is a big win for the team. We were a little nervous in the first half, but then picked it up when the play was more open." A key was two baskets off steals by Emily Knapp to give the Falcons a 14-13 lead early in the third quarter. The lead was tied or changed sides 11 times over the next nine minutes. Dirigo baskets were by Sinclair, Hannah Knight, Morgan Hutchins (eight points) and Jane Hebert (six points). Lauren LePage scored five points in the second half and Smith was wide open on the wing for four baskets. The Falcons used guards Meagan Maifeld, McKenzie Paterson and freshman Emily Gallant on the perimeter. Dirigo had forced seven turnovers in the first quarter by disrupting the back court and making the Falcons throw the ball away. Baskets by Kristen Harvey (two), Hutchins and Hebert gave the Cougars a 13-10 lead. "It wasn't a slow down," Dirigo coach Reggie Weston said. "We were just being patient and looking for the open man. These are two good defensive teams, and I said in preseason that Mountain Valley was one of the teams to beat in the MVC. We just want to feel we belong."

Falcons' Pressure Cooks Cougars

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Bob McPhee , Staff Writer Saturday, January 10, 2009 DIXFIELD - There is a great deal of respect between the Dirigo and Mountain Valley girls' basketball teams, but all bets were off when the arch-rivals faced each other at Defoe Gymnasium on Friday night. Venessa Cayer and Taylor Smith combined for 24 points as the Falcons picked up their intensity to rally for a 35-30 win over Dirigo. Both teams had used their trademark man-to-man defense to disrupt the flow and in the second half. Cayer scored eight of her game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter and a pair of baskets by Smith from 12-feet was enough. Mountain Valley made four of five shots from the floor and six of eight free throws in the fourth quarter. "We just applied more pressure down the stretch," Mountain Valley coach Rich Allen said. "We'd been picking Dirigo up at the three-point line and it gave them to much vision so this reduced their opportunities on offense. We settled down and were able to get the ball down low and into a post player." Dirigo (6-3), No.2 in Class C, was unable to answer until Katrina Pulk made a bunny with 1:35 left, and Ricki Sinclair made two free throws in the waning moments. The Cougars missed their final four shots and were 29 percent in game and committed six of 17 turnovers in the fourth quarter. "Dirigo is a rival," Cayer said. "We stepped it up and this is a big win for the team. We were a little nervous in the first half, but then picked it up when the play was more open." A key was two baskets off steals by Emily Knapp to give the Falcons a 14-13 lead early in the third quarter. The lead was tied or changed sides 11 times over the next nine minutes. Dirigo baskets were by Sinclair, Hannah Knight, Morgan Hutchins (eight points) and Jane Hebert (six points). Lauren LePage scored five points in the second half and Smith was wide open on the wing for four baskets. The Falcons used guards Meagan Maifeld, McKenzie Paterson and freshman Emily Gallant on the perimeter. Dirigo had forced seven turnovers in the first quarter by disrupting the back court and making the Falcons throw the ball away. Baskets by Kristen Harvey (two), Hutchins and Hebert gave the Cougars a 13-10 lead. "It wasn't a slow down," Dirigo coach Reggie Weston said. "We were just being patient and looking for the open man. These are two good defensive teams, and I said in preseason that Mountain Valley was one of the teams to beat in the MVC. We just want to feel we belong."

Traip can't hang with Waynflete

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

KITTERY, Maine After starting the season with five straight wins, the R.W. Traip Academy girls basketball team has now lost two games in one week following a 47-37 loss to Western Maine Class C opponent Waynflete of Portland Friday night. But this is no time to be hitting the panic button, said Rangers senior forward Sarah Higgins.

Traip can't hang with Waynflete

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

KITTERY, Maine After starting the season with five straight wins, the R.W. Traip Academy girls basketball team has now lost two games in one week following a 47-37 loss to Western Maine Class C opponent Waynflete of Portland Friday night. But this is no time to be hitting the panic button, said Rangers senior forward Sarah Higgins.

York 59, Wells 41

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

YORK, Maine Sophomore center Niki Taylor scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the York High School girls basketball team to a 59-41 over Wells on Friday night in Western Maine Class B action. The win kept York's undefeated record intact (10-0). The Warriors fell to 5-5. The Wildcats led 18-10 after the first quarter, but were scoreless through the first four minutes of the second quarter. Wells crept within three points before York scored 17 points the remainder of the quarter to take a 35-24 lead into halftime. York then outscored Wells, 17-8, in the third quarter. Senior forward Meredith Reid chipped in with 13 points for York. The Wildcats will play at three-time defending Western Maine Champion Lake Region on Tuesday.

York 59, Wells 41

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

YORK, Maine Sophomore center Niki Taylor scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the York High School girls basketball team to a 59-41 over Wells on Friday night in Western Maine Class B action. The win kept York's undefeated record intact (10-0). The Warriors fell to 5-5. The Wildcats led 18-10 after the first quarter, but were scoreless through the first four minutes of the second quarter. Wells crept within three points before York scored 17 points the remainder of the quarter to take a 35-24 lead into halftime. York then outscored Wells, 17-8, in the third quarter. Senior forward Meredith Reid chipped in with 13 points for York. The Wildcats will play at three-time defending Western Maine Champion Lake Region on Tuesday.

Hall-Dale 71, Jay 63

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

JAY - Hall-Dale celebrated the return from injury by guard Tyler Cummings with a 71-63 triumph over Jay. Cummings, who finished with nine points, had not played all season, but his return sparked the Bulldogs (3-6) to the upset victory. Hall-Dale led throughout the game, but Jay (5-5) made a run in the third quarter and tied the game at 41-41 before falling back. Dylan Stefani led Jay with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Kyle DeMillo added 11 points, while Jordan DeMillo and Kyle Storer had 10 points each. Ryan Leach led Hall-Dale with 15 points and Keith McGillivary scored 14.

Hall-Dale 71, Jay 63

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

JAY - Hall-Dale celebrated the return from injury by guard Tyler Cummings with a 71-63 triumph over Jay. Cummings, who finished with nine points, had not played all season, but his return sparked the Bulldogs (3-6) to the upset victory. Hall-Dale led throughout the game, but Jay (5-5) made a run in the third quarter and tied the game at 41-41 before falling back. Dylan Stefani led Jay with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Kyle DeMillo added 11 points, while Jordan DeMillo and Kyle Storer had 10 points each. Ryan Leach led Hall-Dale with 15 points and Keith McGillivary scored 14.

Saints pierce Knights' armor

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Eight different players got on the board for St. Dom's Friday night. Junior reserve Nate Poulin canned a career-high four 3-pointers. And the Saints held an opponent under the 40-point threshold for the fourth time this winter in a 53-35 Western Maine Conference victory over Poland.

Saints pierce Knights' armor

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Eight different players got on the board for St. Dom's Friday night. Junior reserve Nate Poulin canned a career-high four 3-pointers. And the Saints held an opponent under the 40-point threshold for the fourth time this winter in a 53-35 Western Maine Conference victory over Poland.

Sanford 43, Kennebunk 31

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Jill Boyce scored 13 points and Lindsey Nolette added 11 for Sanford (5-5) in a win at Kennebunk (0-9). Hannah Bennett paced Kennebunk with 11 points.

South Portland 48, Westbrook 28

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Brianna Hawkins scored 11 points for the Red Riots (4-4) in a win over the Blue Blazes (0-10) at South Portland. Meliah Leighton led Westbrook with eight points.

South Portland 48, Westbrook 28

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Brianna Hawkins scored 11 points for the Red Riots (4-4) in a win over the Blue Blazes (0-10) at South Portland. Meliah Leighton led Westbrook with eight points.
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