The defending state champion Hampden Academy boys, the Houlton and Washburn girls all won quarterfinal round games in Tourney '16 action on Saturday.

Hampden Stampedes Into Semifinals

Nick Gilipin scored 34 points as the Hampden Broncos showed why they're the top seed in Class A North.

Gilipin and the Broncos scored the game's first eight points Saturday night and never slowed down as they raced towards a 63-47 win over #8 seeded Skowhegan at the Augusta Civic Center.

The Broncos did the bulk of their damage in the first half, opening up a 20 point lead in the second quarter. Skowhegan cut the deficit to nine midway through the third quarter, and played Hampden close in the second half, as the game was 23-22 after the intermission.

With the win, Hampden advances to the semifinals where they will face #5 seeded Oceanside. The Broncos are in search of their fifth consecutive regional title.

Skowhegan's season comes to an end with a record of 10-10.

Witches Cast Spell On Tigers

The #2 seeded Brewer Witches cruised past the #7 seeded Gardiner Tigers Saturday night at the Augusta Civic Center to set up a Class A North semifinal match up with Medomak Valley.

The Witches controlled the low-scoring affair with Gardiner from the tip-off and added to their lead throughout the night, possessing leads of five, eight, and 12 points at the end of the first three quarters respectively, before eventually winning, 50-34.

Matt Pushard was a force for the Witches at both ends of the court, scoring a game-high 19 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Kobe Rogerson added 10 points for Brewer, while Carter Smith chipped in with 9.

Gardiner's offensive attack was led by Conner McGuire and Brian Dunn who combined to score 18 of the team's 34 points on the night.

Brewer's match up with #3 Medomak Valley will take place on Wednesday (2/17) from the Augusta Civic Center. Gardiner's season comes to an end with a record of 8-12.

Washburn Avoids Quarterfinal Upset

The Washburn girls were pushed to the limit by Katadhin in Saturday's finale at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The game came down to the wire, before #2 Washburn prevailed over #7 Katadhin, 67-62, in their Class D quarterfinals match-up.

Washburn's offensive output was led by Emilia Churchill and Laina Mette, who scored 23 and 16 points respectively. Katadhin got a game-high 27 points from Courtney Stevens in the losing effort.

Washburn advances to the Class D North semifinals where they will face the #3 seeded Shead Tigers.

Tigers Take Down Mariners In Class D Quarterfinals

A close game for three quarters, Shead limited Deer Isle-Stonington to one point in the fourth quarter en route to a 34-22 quarterfinals victory in girl's Class D action from the Cross Center.

The Mariners stayed close for three quarters, as a 3-pointer from Allyson Eaton at the third quarter buzzer made the score 23-21 and also gave Eaton her 1000th career point in high school basketball. Eaton finished the game with a team-high 12 points.

The Tigers were lead by Holly Preston, who recorded a game-high 18 points, and Cierra Seeley, who added 10 points, as the pair scored 28 of Shead's 34 points in the game.

Old Town Rolls Over Belfast at Cross Center

The top-seed Old Town Coyotes hit the gas early and didn't let up, running over the No. 8 Belfast Lions 83-47 in Saturday's Class B North quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Senior forward Andre Miller led the way for the Coyotes, pumping in 23 points. Kaleb Gifford scored 20 points and Drew Coulombe added 15 in a balanced attack that sent the Coyotes through to the semifinals against Orono.

Nolan Woods scored 20 for Belfast and Zane Bielenberg added 11 in the loss.

Orono Boys Pull Away From MDI To Claim Spot in Semis

Jeff Tuttle, Townsquare Media Bangor

The Orono Red Riots pulled away from a game MDI Trojans team in the fourth quarter on their way to a 61-50 win and a spot in the Class B North semifinals.

It was a closer game than the final score would indicate with the No. 5 Trojans MDI holding the lead at halftime and cutting an Orono lead to 3 points with 3:49 to go. But the No. 4 Red Riots sunk key free throws at the end of the game, sealing the win.

Imao Woldring led the Red Riots (15-4) with 13 points. Jake Koffman and Keenan Collett each had 11 points and junior Nate Desisto had 9 points. Jackson Coutts had 7 points.

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Ellsworth Boys Handle MCI in Saturday Quarterfinal

Jeff Tuttle, Townsquare Media Bangor

The second-seed Ellsworth Eagles boys opened up a lead in the second quarter and didn't look back as they defeated the MCI Huskies in Saturday Class B quarterfinal action in Bangor.

The game was tied at 10 at the end of the first quarter, but Ellsworth exploded in the second, outscoring the Huskies 22-2. The Eagles didn't look back, controlling the game the rest of the way and punching their ticket to the semifinals with a 56-28 win.

Ellsworth was led by senior Bruce St. Peter with 15 points and 10 rebounds. He was named the McDonald's Player of the Game. Nick Bagley added 11 points.

Ellsworth will play Caribou on Wednesday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Caribou upset the No. 3 seed Washington Academy Raiders on Friday to earn a trip to the semifinals.

Houlton Girls Hold Off Challenge From Foxcroft

Jeff Tuttle, Townsquare Media Bangor

The top-seed Houlton girls pulled away from the No. 8 Foxcroft Academy Ponies in a Saturday night Class B quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The No. 8 Ponies gave the Shires a scare, though, taking a 44-43 lead in the fourth quarter. Houlton was able to hang tough, and finished off Foxcroft 61-52.

Kolleen Bouchard led all scorers with 22 points. Aspen Flewelling added 13 for Houlton.

For Foxcroft, junior guard Kendra Ewer had 15 point and Grace Bickford had 12. Freshman Mackenzie Beaudry added 10 points.

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Winslow Holds Off Ellsworth in Girls B Quarterfinal

The No. 4 Winslow Black Raiders held off the No. 5 Ellsworth Eagles in a Saturday morning quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The Black Raiders kept the Eagles at bay throughout the game, leading after every quarter and earning a 51-44 win along with a trip to a Wednesday semifinal game against either Houlton or Foxcroft Academy.

Heather Kervin led Winslow with 14 points. Paige Trask added 10.

For Ellsworth, senior Madison Card had 18 points and Kate Whitney added 9.

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

Ellsworth 56 def. MCI 28 [BOYS]
Winslow 51 def. Ellsworth 44  [GIRLS]
Orono 61 def. MDI 50 [BOYS]
Houlton 61 def. Foxcroft 52 [GIRLS]
Old Town 83 def. Belfast 47 [BOYS]

Shead 34 vs. DI-Stonington 22 [GIRLS]
Washburn 67vs Katahdin 62 [GIRLS]

Augusta Civic Center, Augusta

Seacoast 52 def. Vinalhaven 51 [BOYS] 8:30 a.m.
Valley 31 def. Forest Hills 22 [GIRLS] .
Greenville 70 def. Gould 28 [BOYS]
Valley 62 def. Rangeley 33 [BOYS]

Medomak Valley 62 def. Lawrence 44 [BOYS]
Brewer 50 def. Gardiner 34 [BOYS]
Messalonskee 64 vs. Oceanside 51 [BOYS]
Hampden Academy 63 vs. Skowhegan 47 [BOYS]

Portland Expo, Portland

Yarmouth 47 def. Spruce Mountain 32 [BOYS]
Maranacook 57 def. Lisbon 37 [BOYS]
Lincoln 62 def. Wells 33 [BOYS]
Lake Region 64 def. Poland 50 [BOYS]

Cape Elizabeth 59 vs. York 43 [BOYS]
Falmouth 61 vs. Westbrook 33[BOYS]