3 local teams atop girls’ D rankings

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3 local teams atop girls’ D rankings

By Joseph Cyr

Staff Writer

It’s on to the final home stretch for girls basketball teams as the regular season winds to a close. The final countable day for regular-season games is Friday, Feb. 11 with tournament action beginning Tuesday, Feb. 15, with preliminary games.

Quarterfinal games for Class B begin Friday, Feb. 18, while Class D games follow on Saturday, Feb. 19 and all day Monday, Feb. 21

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TIGER CHEER — FF’s Lindsay Graves performs Saturday in the Eastern Class D cheering competition in Bangor.

It was a day for upsets Monday as two of the top three squads in Class D suffered defeats. Washburn, the top-ranked squad in Eastern Class D, lost a one-point decision to Southern Aroostook, while No. 3 Fort Fairfield had an uncharacteristic lop-sided loss to Madawaska. The standings for Eastern Class D became far more interesting following those losses, as only 17 points separates the top four seeds as of Tuesday morning.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Points standings for Eastern Class D, Washburn (14-2, 68.2861) remains the No. 1 seed despite the loss to SACS (12-2, 51.2418). The Warriors are currently the No. 4 seed. Central Aroostook (12-3, 61.8464) is second in the region, while Fort Fairfield (13-2, 52.8464) is third. Easton (6-8, 11.4488) is currently 11th, while Limestone-MSSM (2-12,7.7160) is 12th and Ashland (4-10, 4.2883) is 14th. The Bears, Eagles and Hornets are likely out of the playoff picture. Easton has the best shot of sneaking back into the fold, especially if the Bears could pull off a victory over Central Aroostook on Saturday.

In Eastern Class B, Presque Isle (14-1, 111.1111) retains its grip atop the standings. The Wildcats have likely secured the No. 1 seed for the playoffs as they currently have a 27-point lead over second-ranked John Bapst (11-2, 84.1049). Caribou (7-8, 48.9198) is eighth and would host a preliminary playoff against the No. 9 seed, currently Winslow (10-4, 48.6420).

The following is a recap of games played through Monday.

Southern Aroostook 50, Washburn 49 — At Dyer Brook Monday, the Beavers suffered a heart-breaking one-point loss to Southern Aroostook. SACS’ Jasmine Rockwell hit a jump shot with six seconds to play, giving the Warriors the one-point edge. Sable Altvater led SACS with 14, while Shelby Hartin added 13.

Washburn’s Rebecca Campbell led all performers with 21 points, while Nicole Olson added 10. The two teams were tied 11-11 in the first quarter and 21-21 at the half before Washburn took a 36-31 lead after three periods.

Madawaska 58, Fort Fairfield 43 — At Fort Fairfield Monday, the Tigers suffered just their second loss on the year as Fort fell to Class C Madawaska. Amanda Hotham led the Tigers with 17 points, while Brooke Beaulieu added nine.

Erin Dugal paced the Owls with 21 points.

Presque Isle 56, MDI 39 — At Presque Isle Saturday, MDI’s Megan Phelps scored her 1,000th career point, but it was Presque Isle who got the victory. Karlee Bernier led the Wildcats with 18 points, while Chelsea Nickerson chipped in12. Hannah Shaw led MDI with 13.

The Wildcats were tied 14-14 in the first quarter, but led 32-22 at the half.

Washburn 59, Limestone-MSSM 28 — At Limestone Friday, Washburn’s Rebecca Campbell had 21 points to lead the Beavers. Carmen Bragg added 10.

Stephanie Leighton paced Limestone-MSSM with seven points.

Fort Fairfield 72, Wisdom 21 — At Fort Fairfield Friday, the Tigers used a total team effort to beat Wisdom as 14 of the 15 Tigers on the roster scored. Hotham led the way with nine points. Hayley Cyr had six for Wisdom.

Central Aroostook 61, Madawaska 36 — At Mars Hill Friday, Panther junior Vicki McIntyre tallied her 1,000th career point as she helped lead CA past Madawaska. She finished with 32 points. Rachael Grew added 12 points and Kristen Long chipped in seven.

Erin Dugal tallied 19 points to lead the Owls.

Presque Isle 64, Fort Kent 17 — At Presque Isle Thursday, the Wildcats had no trouble with the visiting Warriors. Chandler Guerrette scored 16 and Karlee Bernier added 12 to lead the Wildcats, who saw eight players get into the scoring action. Alexis Desjardins led the Warriors with six.

The Wildcats cruised 32-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back. The Wildcats led 44-2 at the half and 57-6 after three quarters.

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TIGHT D — Ashland’s Rylee Graham gets in the face of Katahdin’s Bailey McNally.

Ashland 49, Katahdin 30 — At Ashland Thursday, it was the final home game of the season for Ashland and the Hornet girls did not disappoint. Rylee Graham scored 13 points and Brooke LaBelle added 12 to spark the Hornets.

Washburn 51, Easton 37 — At Easton Wednesday, Rebecca Campbell led all players with 22 points as she helped power Washburn to its ninth straight victory. Carmen Bragg added 12 points and Meaghan Saucier 10 for the Beavers. Mindy Desmond led Easton with 11 points, while Ariana Babineau chipped in 10.

Washburn led 9-6, 23-14, and 33-25 at the quarter breaks.

Fort Fairfield 48, Central Aroostook 47 — At Fort Fairfield Wednesday, Amanda Hotham hit two free throws with 40 seconds remaining to give Fort Fairfield the lead as the Tigers held off Central Aroostook. Hotham scored 17 points for Fort Fairfield and Brooke Beaulieu chipped in 15 points.

McIntyre scored a game-high 21 points for the Panthers, while Long had 12 points and Kayla Cushman added 12 rebounds.

Fort Fairfield led 17-14, 30-25 and 41-32 at the quarter breaks. The Panthers outscored Fort Fairfield 15-7 in the final quarter, but it was not enough for the win.

Presque Isle 85, Houlton 49 — At Presque Isle Tuesday, Jan. 25, Karlee Bernier led the Wildcats with 20 points including, while Chandler Guerrette added 17; Chelsea Nickerson,16; and Megan Ireland,14.

Amanda Fogarty led the Shiretowners with 15 points and Taylor Bailey added 11.