Tuesday February 22, 2011 | 06:03 PM

The results obviously were not what Oak Hill Coach Tom Morong was hoping for Tuesday, but he considered his team's 54-45 loss to Lake Region an important first step. The Raiders had not made the girls' basketball playoffs since 1995, according to Morong.

“What I want to do with the 10 kids coming back is to feed this to them. We got here a little early (to) absorb the whole thing,” said Morong, in his second year at Oak Hill after 20 at Morse. “Once you experience it, you’re going to want to be back every year. That’s just something we won’t even have to bring up next year. It’s going to be a given that this is our goal, we have to get here.”

Replacing Maggie Sabine won’t be easy. The senior forward led her team with 16 points, and averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds this season. When she picked up her fourth foul with 3:09 left in the third quarter, the Raiders weathered the storm, getting points from previously quiet Brianna Hodgkins, Jessica Roberts and Julie Morneault.

“I was extremely proud of my kids when she had to leave the floor. We actually did some really good things,” Morong said.

LAKE REGION benefited from the return of junior forward Allison Clark. Clark played her most minutes since being injured in the Jan. 22 game at Cape Elizabeth. She scored six points against Oak Hill and was on the court down the stretch as an extra ball handler and free-throw shooter, making 3 of 4 at the line to help seal the win.

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