Tonight’s Western C girls basketball final looks like a battle between a 6-foot center and a team with no one taller than 5-7. It’s true, but not quite that simple.

Waynflete’s 6-foot Morgan Woodhouse is averaging 21.5 points and 15 rebounds per game in the tournament, but the Flyers are also at this point because of contributions from other players. Madison, despite its lack of size, plays superb defense, and has yet to allow more than 43 points in a game this season.

The game between the top-seeded Bulldogs (16-4) and No. 2 Waynflete (15-3) is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start at the Augusta Civic Center.

In the semifinals, Hall-Dale held Woodhouse to nine points in regulation, but Sam Oakland hit four big free throws in the final two minutes and Woodhouse dominated the overtime.

“We’ve got to make sure we know where she is at all times,” Madison coach Al Veneziano said. “I was very impressed by their other players, and I thought that they handled things very well that whole game.”

Waynflete coach Brandon Salway said the Flyers have also had support from Lydia Stegemann and freshman twin sisters Martha and Catherine Veroneau.

“Our formula most of the year was we would get 20 from Morgan and high teens from Martha, and everyone else would get about 15,” Salway said. “This week, we’ve had a different combination.

“We’re hoping to get close to 20 from Morgan, and the other kids chip in to get us up around 40 or so.”

Ali Russell was Madison’s leading scorer in both of the first two tournament games, but the Bulldogs got a big game from everyone in Thursday’s semifinal against Dirigo.

Bianca Stoutamyer ran the offense and combined with Lyndsay Weese to shut down Dirigo’s two top scorers, Jen Brown scored 10 points and forced Dirigo into a different defense, and Veneziano said Andrea Smith (seven points, seven rebounds) played a mistake-free game.

Still, most people will naturally be looking at Woodhouse, who can shoot the 3-pointer, start a fast break with a steal, clamp down on defense and score inside in a variety of ways. Veneziano just wants to make sure the people looking on aren’t wearing Madison uniforms.

“We’ve got to make sure that we are the ones who are the aggressors here, not standing back and being in awe of anybody,” Veneziano said.

“We’ve got to make sure that we obviously have respect, but we’ve got to make sure that we are the aggressors.”

Matt DiFilippo — 861-9243

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