Friday, March 7, 2014
Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer
Opponents will have their hands full with Martha Veroneau of Waynflete. Last year in the tournament she set a record by scoring 47 points in a game.
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McAuley's Allie Clement
Wells' Alison Furness
EASTERN CLASS B
FAVORITES: Defending state champ Presque Isle brings a 40-game winning streak into the quarterfinals and looms as the team to beat. The Wildcats look to force the tempo as much as they can and create points off turnovers.
WATCH OUT FOR: No. 2 Oceanside, No. 3 Nokomis and No. 5 Mt. Desert Island each have only two losses -- MDI's both to Presque Isle. These teams know how to win and could go far if they can handle the pressure.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Chandler Guerrette, senior, guard, Presque Isle (15.2 ppg, 3.2 apg, 3.4 steals); Kennadi Grover, senior, forward, Oceanside (15.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg); Hannah Shaw, junior, forward, MDI (15.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg); Lexi Nelligan, senior, center, Belfast (16.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg); Anna Mackenzie, junior, forward, Nokomis (14.1 ppg, 13.2 rpg); Jordan Knowlton, senior, guard, Camden Hills (19.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.3 apg, 3.3 steals)
DID YOU KNOW: Oceanside is in only its second year of existence after a merger between Class B Rockland and Class C Georges Valley. The Mariners have made great strides, making their first trip to the Bangor Auditorium. In Rockland's final two years, the girls' basketball team went 1-35.
WESTERN CLASS C
FAVORITES: Another tournament that is wide open though top-ranked Boothbay Region goes in with a 14-game winning streak. Its two losses were by a total of five points, one to Class B power Spruce Mountain. No. 2 Madison is equally tough, having lost twice to Spruce Mountain (both by two points) and once to Boothbay (by six).
WATCH OUT FOR: No. 4 Waynflete. The Flyers, who have advanced to the regional final the last two years, have not lost to a Class C team all season. Its only losses were to Class B playoff teams Lake Region (1), Cape Elizabeth (7) and Wells (11).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Martha Veroneau, senior, guard, Waynflete (19.8 ppg, 3.2 apg, 5.3 steals); Alex Clark, senior, forward, Boothbay (9.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.4 blocks); Samantha Bruce, senior, guard, Madison (16 ppg, 2.5 steals); Christina Colman, senior, center, Old Orchard Beach (11.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.1 seals); Kylie Kemp, junior, guard, Monmouth Academy
DID YOU KNOW: Mt. Abram Coach Doug Lisherness, who earlier announced he would retire after this season, still holds Class D boys' regional tournament records for free throws in a game (19) and in a tournament (33). Both were set in 1967 when he played at Strong.
EASTERN CLASS C
FAVORITES: Everything points to a Calais-Dexter showdown for the title. Both teams are 18-0, with Calais holding the top spot. Both tams are strong defensively -- Dexter forces 27 turnovers a game -- and balanced offensively.
WATCH OUT FOR: No. 3 Orono has the talent to push anyone. The Red Riots lost to Dexter twice, by nine, then by four in the regular-season finale. They've got some nice inside strength. If their guards hold up, the Riots could surprise.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jillian Woodward, senior, center, Orono (15.3 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 2.7 blocks); Maddie McVicker, sophomore, guard, Calais (16 ppg); Lauren Crane, senior, guard, Dexter (12.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Jordyn Bll, senior, guard, Dexter (10.1 ppg, 3 rpg)
DID YOU KNOW: Calais and Dexter have dominated the regional tournament since 2000, with Dexter winning five titles and Calais three. Each has won two state championships in that time.
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