Tuesday February 19, 2013 | 08:53 PM

After watching nearly every higher-seeded team have a slow start in the girls' basketball quarterfinals at the Portland Expo, York Coach Rick Clark tried to get his team ready to play hard from the start.

But the Wildcats fell behind 11-2 against Cape Elizabeth, missing five shots and turning the ball over five times in their first 11 possessions. York eventually settled down and won 47-39 to advance to Thursday's Western Class B semifinals.

Afterward, Clark said the higher seeded teams were all at a disadvantage because of the amount of time since their last game. York hadn't played since Feb. 8.

"If you play a prelim game and win it, in my mind, in that first quarter (of the quarterfinals) you have a leg up,'' said Clark. "I've always felt this. We scrimmage one day, but it's not the same.

"I think we were very rusty. We had a lot of shots that first quarter (that went) in and out, in and out, in and out.''

WITH VERMONT scheduled to play at the University of Maine on Wednesday, Catamounts head coach Lori Gear McBride and assistant Shannon Bush stopped by the Expo to take in the York-Cape Elizabeth game.

"Just getting my fix of Maine basketball,'' said Gear McBride, a former Colby coach.

She was headed up to Orono later to join her team, which includes former York player Nicole Taylor and former Deering star Kayla Burchill, who is recovering from a foot injury.

Gear McBride and Bush were joined by UMaine associate head coach Todd Steelman, who was on hand throughout the day.

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