Monday February 20, 2012 | 04:00 PM

Interesting to note that many of the Western Class A girls' basketball coaches were gathered in a corner of the Portland Expo watching Marshwood play Thornton Academy in the first quarterfinal of the day.

Coaches included Holly Brassard of Massabesic, Kristy Parent of Sanford, Gorham's Laughn Berthiaume, Portland's Jan Veinot, Westbrook's Chris Aube, Windham's Jessie Cummings and Deering's Mike Murphy.

"We're all just friends,'' said Parent, when asked if they were trading notes and strategies.

The entire staffs of Deering and Windham were sitting together, which was interesting since the two teams were to play at 7 p.m.

"We live on the same street,'' said Deering's Murphy, nodding to Windham's Cummings.

RON COTE, the long-time boys' and girls' basketball coach at Biddeford High, is back as an assistant for Cheverus. He took last year off for health reasons but is glad to be back in the game – and not as a head coach.

"It's nice and easy,'' he said.

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