Tuesday February 19, 2013 | 05:42 PM

OLD ORCHARD BEACH expects to have starter Haley Plante back for Thursday’s Western Class C semifinal against Madison. Plante, a sophomore and the daughter of Coach Dean Plante, has been out since rolling her ankle in the penultimate game of the regular season on Feb. 5. She played seven seconds at the end of third quarter Tuesday against Monmouth Academy to run one particular play.

“She’ll be back Thursday,” Dean Plante said. “She made good strides the last three days, so we said, dress for Tuesday. Probably in desperation we could have used her, but we felt we had some kids who matched up well with Monmouth.”

PLANTE SAID he did not think his team was rattled by Monmouth’s fourth-quarter surge that cut a 12-point lead down to one.

“These (senior) girls have been in the tournament one way or another since they were sophomores. They weren’t excited to be here. They expected to be here,” Plante said.

“I was really quite confident that we’d do what we needed to do and that we were the better team. I really felt that. We had three timeouts going into the last three minutes. If I’m not confident, I use them.”

MADISON HAD its hands full with No. 7 Mt. Abram before making the plays down the stretch for a 50-42 win. The athletic Bulldogs will have a size and strength edge against OOB. Cristie Vicneire, Samantha Bruce and 6-foot center Courtney Taylor each scored in double figures for Madison.
 

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