Eastern Maine's best Class C teams took over the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Tuesday with six quarterfinal match-ups decided on the court.
Mattanawcook Upsets No. 1 Naraguagus
The number one seed in the class C girls tournament has been eliminated as Mattanawcook claimed a 41-31 win over the Naraguagus Knights Tuesday night at the Cross Center.
Kendra Thurlow led the Lynx with 14 points while Courtney Gordon added 12. Mattanawcook held Naraguagus scoreless in the third quarter while they built their lead.
The Lynx improve to 13-7 and will play Dexter in the semifinals Friday at 3:35.
Dexter Beats Calais in OT Thriller
The No. 4 Dexter Tigers beat the No. 5 Calais Blue Devils in overtime with senior guard Abbey Jordan finishing a last-second layup in transition on a missed free throw with two seconds left on the clock.
Down by one point with seconds left, the Tigers fouled Calais standout Madison McVicar, sending her to the line for a 1-and-1. When McVicar missed the first free throw, the Tigers were able to drive down the court leading to the layup and a 41-40 win. Video of the final shot is below.
Sophomore Megan Peach led the Tigers, finishing with 17 points before fouling out of the game with about 3 minutes to go in overtime. Senior Peyton Watson finished with 9 points. Jordan finished with 5 points.
For Calais, which finishes the season at 14-5, McVicar had 20 points and Felicia Moholland added 9 points, including the basket that sent the game to overtime.
Top-seed Calais Pulls Away from Lee Academy
The No. 1 Calais Blue Devils pulled away from the No. 8 Lee Academy Pandas Tuesday night to earn a spot in the Eastern Maine Class C quarterfinals.
Senior Andre Paul led Calais with 21 points in the 59-42 win. It was a closer game than the final score would suggest with the Pandas cutting a double-digit lead to just 3 points by the end of the third quarter.
But the Blue Devils outscored Lee 18-4 in the fourth quarter, with 12 of those points coming from the foul line. It was clear the Pandas were no typical eight-seed, playing the Blue Devils tough like they did in the final game of the season when Calais came away with a 2-point overtime win.
Senior Kyle Johnson scored 15 points for the Blue Devils and earned player of the game honors.
Charles Tung-Fang led Lee with 18 points. The Pandas finish the season at 13-7.
Calais will play the No. 4 Central Red Devils in the semifinals at 8:35 p.m. on Friday in Bangor.
Central Boys Hold Off PCHS Pirates for Quarterfinal Win
The No. 4 Central Red Devils made it three for three against the No. 5 PCHS Pirates this season, pulling away in the fourth quarter for a quarterfinal victory at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Tuesday afternoon.
It was a tight game with the teams tied at 16 at the half, but strong play from the Red Devils’ back court in the late stages of the game led to a 47-37 final.
Andrew Prescott, Central’s junior guard hit 8 of 9 free throws in the final minutes on his way to 14 points for the game. Junior Kyle Ham added 10 points and Jordan Smith, Central’s 6-foot-5-inch senior center, was an intimidating presence under the basket.
For PCHS, which ends their season with a 15-4 record, senior Jeremy Bell had nine points to lead his team.
Central will play No. 1 seed Calais in the semifinals at 8:35 p.m. on Friday in Bangor.
Houlton Defeats Central To Earn Trip to Semifinals
The Houlton Shiretowners pulled away from the Central Red Devils in the fourth quarter on their way to a 51-37 quarterfinal win at the Cross Insurance Center.
It was a tight game through three quarters with No. 2 Houlton entering the final period with just a 1-point lead over No. 7 Central. But the Shiretowners outscored the Red Devils 20-7 in the fourth to earn a trip to Friday’s 2 p.m. semifinal against the No. 3 PCHS Pirates, who won the first quarterfinal of the session.
For Houlton, freshman Kolleen Bouchard scored 20 points in the game including 11 in the fourth quarter. Bouchard also had eight blocked shots. Katie Condon had 11 points.
Senior Brianna Skolfield led the Red Devils with 13 points. Sydney Allen, a freshman, added 9 points.
Sharpshooting Pirates Defeat Washington Academy in Class C QF
Junior sharpshooter Jordynne Littlefield led the PCHS Pirates with 18 points in a quarterfinal win over Washington Academy Tuesday morning at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
The No. 3 Pirates controlled the pace from the opening tip to come away with a 52-31 win over the No. 11 Raiders.
Senior Alex Speed, who earned player of the game honors, had 13 points and 6-foot-3 junior center Delani Bennett added 10 points.
For the Raiders, Caitlyn Lyons came off the bench to lead the team 13 points.
Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
Eastern Class C Quarterfinals
#3-Piscataquis 52 def. #11-Washington Academy 31 [GIRLS]
#2-Houlton 51 def. #7-Central 37 [GIRLS] .
#4-Central 47 def. #5-Piscataquis 37 [BOYS]
#1-Calais 59 def. #8-Lee Academy 42 [BOYS]
#4-Dexter 41 def. #5-Calais 40 [GIRLS] OT
#8-Mattanawcook Academy 41 def. #1-Narraguagus 31 [GIRLS]
Western Class B Quarterfinals
#3-Greely 45 def. #6-Lake Region 31 [GIRLS] .
#2-Gray-New Gloucester 45 def. #10-Poland 37 [GIRLS]
#5-Lincoln Academy 50 def. #4-York 40 [GIRLS]
#9-Cape Elizabeth 32 def. #1-Spruce Mountain 31 [GIRLS]
Augusta Civic Center
Western Class D Quarterfinals
#4-Richmond 32 def.. #5-Hyde 22 [GIRLS]
#9-Vinalhaven 45 def. #1-Pine Tree Academy 43 [GIRLS]
#6-Searsport 49 def. #3-Forest Hills 35 [GIRLS]
#2-Rangeley 46 def. #7-Valley 10 [GIRLS]
Western Class C Quarterfinals
#3-Dirigo 48 def. #6-Monmouth Academy 33 [GIRLS]
#10-Madison 43 def. #2-Boothbay 41 [GIRLS]
#5-Mountain Valley 41 def. #4-Old Orchard Beach 27 [GIRLS]
#1-Maranacook 50 def. #9-Carrabec 34 [GIRLS]