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Mt. Ararat 67, Lewiston 63

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

TOPSHAM - Cam Vermette poured in 22 points to lead Mt. Ararat to a 67-63 victory over Lewiston in KVAC boys' basketball action Saturday. The Eagles (6-5) jumped out to an early lead, taking a 38-29 advantage into intermission. Alex Titcomb scored 15 points for Mt. Ararat. The Blue Devils (2-9) fought hard over the final two quarters, shrinking the deficit by five before the final buzzer. Omar Mohammed led Lewiston with 17 points, while Ronnie Turner contributed 15 points and Nick Weeks another 13.

Mt. Ararat 67, Lewiston 63

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

TOPSHAM - Cam Vermette poured in 22 points to lead Mt. Ararat to a 67-63 victory over Lewiston in KVAC boys' basketball action Saturday. The Eagles (6-5) jumped out to an early lead, taking a 38-29 advantage into intermission. Alex Titcomb scored 15 points for Mt. Ararat. The Blue Devils (2-9) fought hard over the final two quarters, shrinking the deficit by five before the final buzzer. Omar Mohammed led Lewiston with 17 points, while Ronnie Turner contributed 15 points and Nick Weeks another 13.

EL 63, Cony 57

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

AUGUSTA - Senior forward Corey Therriault drained 22 points to lead Edward Little to a 63-57 victory over Cony in KVAC boys' basketball action Saturday. The Red Eddies (9-2) jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter, but found themselves in a tighter contest throughout the rest of the game. Junior James Philbrook notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Edward Little. Guards Brian Carville and Greg O'Neal prevented the Red Eddies from pulling away in the fourth quarter as Carville notched a 20-point game in the losing effort.

EL 63, Cony 57

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

AUGUSTA - Senior forward Corey Therriault drained 22 points to lead Edward Little to a 63-57 victory over Cony in KVAC boys' basketball action Saturday. The Red Eddies (9-2) jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter, but found themselves in a tighter contest throughout the rest of the game. Junior James Philbrook notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Edward Little. Guards Brian Carville and Greg O'Neal prevented the Red Eddies from pulling away in the fourth quarter as Carville notched a 20-point game in the losing effort.

Andies trump Greyhounds

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

The Andies forced 35 turnovers and limited Lisbon (6-4) to 15-for-56 (27 percent) from the field - and that included a 6-of-8 surge to start the second half.

Andies trump Greyhounds

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

The Andies forced 35 turnovers and limited Lisbon (6-4) to 15-for-56 (27 percent) from the field - and that included a 6-of-8 surge to start the second half.

Bulldogs edge Tigers

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

After falling behind by double digits early, the Tigers scratched and clawed their way back numerous times Saturday night. Each time, Hall-Dale answered with enough flurries to hold off the Tigers for a 51-47 win

Bulldogs edge Tigers

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

After falling behind by double digits early, the Tigers scratched and clawed their way back numerous times Saturday night. Each time, Hall-Dale answered with enough flurries to hold off the Tigers for a 51-47 win

'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.
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