Monday, December 9, 2013
York High will face a very familiar foe in the Western Class B girls' basketball semifinals Thursday.
The second-seeded Wildcats will take on No. 3 Greely, a team York has eliminated from the tournament each of the last three years.
The teams split regular-season games this year, the Rangers winning 43-41 at Cumberland on Dec. 13 and the Wildcats winning at York 40-30 Jan. 20.
"A good match for us,'' said York Coach Rick Clark. "We have big people, they have big people. Our guards are good, their guards are good. It should be a great game.
"We made some adjustments the second time we played them and I'm sure we'll make more adjustments for this one. We know what we have to do,'' said York junior Emily Campbell. "We need to go out and play our game.''
Clark, incidentally, gave his captains much praise following the game, saying their halftime talk to the rest of the team inspired the Wildcats to rally from a five-point deficit and beat Gray-New Gloucester.
When told of Clark's comments, senior guard Andrea Mountford said, "Do you have that on tape?''
THE LAKE REGION-LEAVITT semifinal should also be a great one. The Lakers are ranked first; the Hornets are the defending state champs.
Both teams play at a high-intensity pace, which should make for a wild game.
"They play very aggressive and up-tempo and a lot of their offense is created off turnovers,'' said Lake Region Coach Paul True. "So the key for us is going to be taking care of the basketball.''
True could have been speaking for the Hornets as well. Lake Region's offense is also manufactured off its defense.
As True said after beating Yarmouth in the quarterfinals, "I think all year long (the press) just wears on you. It comes and goes in spurts and sometimes we're going to give up some easy baskets. But you hope in the long run the turnovers outweigh the easy baskets.''Tweet
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