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February 13, 2013

High School Roundup: Wells boys handle Morse; Maranacook tops Clippers

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WELLS — Jake Moody scored 26 points Tuesday night to lead sixth-seeded Wells to a 63-53 victory against 11th-ranked Morse in a Western Class B schoolboy basketball prelim.

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Wells (11-8) will meet third-seeded Cape Elizabeth (13-5) in the quarterfinals at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Portland Exposition Building.

Dylan Stevens added 17 points and Chris Carney finished with 10 for Wells, which outscored Morse 34-20 over the middle quarters to build a 43-31 advantage.

Stevens and Moody each had six rebounds, and Joe Spinelli had five steals to go with his nine points for Wells.

Matt Munster led Morse (7-12) with 23 points. Ethan Winglass added 18.

MARANACOOK 72, YARMOUTH 65: Taylor Wilbur scored 28 points to lead eighth-seeded Maranacook (9-10) over ninth-ranked Yarmouth (10-9) in a Western Class B prelim at Readfield.

The Black Bears will meet top-ranked Falmouth (17-1) in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Portland.

Maranacook trailed 19-5 after the first quarter but turned the game around with a 25-9 run in the second for a 30-28 halftime lead.

Wilbur made six 3-pointers, Caleb Jackson chipped in 12 points, and Kyle Boucher added 11 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots for Maranacook.

David Murphy led the Clippers with 24 points. Nate Shields-Auble added 12.

RICHMOND 62, BUCKFIELD 57: The eighth-seeded Bobcats (8-11) enjoyed a strong first half, then held off a second-half surge by ninth-ranked Buckfield (9-10) to win a Western Class D prelim at Richmond.

Richmond will meet top-ranked Forest Hills (16-2) in a quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Augusta.

“That’s the most heart I’ve seen my team play with,” Richmond Coach Jonathan Spear said.

Randy Moody, who scored a game-high 19 points for Richmond, said the team needed a win in the face of adversity.

“That’s what we’ve been struggling the most with, when someone gives us a punch we don’t hit back,” Moody said. “Tonight we hit them back.”

Richmond and Forest Hills met Jan. 4 in Jackman, where the Tigers defeated the Bobcats, 71-40.

Richmond got the edge in the first quarter, outrebounding the Bucks thanks to Moody and Eddie Stewart.

Working around Buckfield’s zone defense, the Bobcats went on a 12-0 run between the first and second quarters. Moody and Stewart accounted for most of Richmond’s offense, scoring 19 of the team’s 26 points in the half.

The Bucks found some life before halftime, and were able to cut the Bobcats’ advantage to 26-19.

Buckfield coach Chris Reed said his team’s play late in the first half kept the team alive.

“It was crucial,” Reed said. “Going into the second half 14 (points) and going down (seven points) are two totally different animals.

“We felt a lot better about our chances. Plus, just the flow of the game changes when we get the ball down low.”

In the second half, Buckfield came out shooting.

Micah Madore led the offense, knocking down four 3-pointers and scoring 15 of his 16 points in the half.

The Bucks also had a low-post option in forward Keenan Stockdale, who scored a team-high 17 points.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

DIRIGO 45, SACOPEE VALLEY 28: Jessica Conant scored 15 points to lead fifth-ranked Dirigo (15-4) over 12th-seeded Sacopee Valley (8-11) in a Western Class C prelim at Dixfield.

The Hawks led 9-8 after one quarter, but Conant scored 13 points over the next two as Dirigo outscored Sacopee, 25-12.

Kayla Gaudin and Kelsey Hutchins added 10 points apiece for Dirigo. Kristen Lyle led Sacopee with 10 points.

MONMOUTH ACADEMY 47, KENTS HILL 37: Kylie Kemp had 14 points and 16 rebounds as the sixth-seeded Mustangs (14-5) pulled away in the third quarter to down 11th-ranked Kents Hill (6-9) in a Western Class C prelim at Monmouth.

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