February 25, 2013

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Lake Region’s Sarah Hancock, left, gets a hug from her sister Sierra after the Lakers’ win over York in the Western Class B regional final Saturday.

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Falmouth’s Grant Burfeind drivesfor two in the Yachtsmen’s win over York in the Western Class B final at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

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Clement is being recruited by about a dozen Division I schools. Boston College associate head coach Yvonne Hawkins was at the game Saturday night.

Alexa Coulombe, a former McAuley teammate who now plays for Boston College, attended the title game, along with Sadie DiPierro. Both played on McAuley's last two state championship teams.

In addition to BC's presence, Jen Rizotti, the head coach at Hartford, was also on hand, as well as coaches from Marist, Holy Cross and Binghamton.

LAKE REGION High has been the favorite in Western Class B girls since the first day of practice back in November. The Lakers survived an injury-plagued middle of the regular season, then shifted into its take-no-prisoners mindset on defense in the playoffs and cruised to a second consecutive regional title.

Paul True, coach of the Lakers, said his team has handled the pressure well all season.

"I've said all year I'd rather have the target on my back than being an underdog," said True. "I'd rather be the favorite and have a program that everyone else is looking to knock off. I think that says a lot about our program. And our kids handle that pretty well.

"I think our kids are very self-motivated and I don't think they need to be the underdog in order for them to get up for big games."

Lake Region, in the state championship game for the fifth time in eight years, will play Presque Isle at 7 p.m. Friday at the Cumberland County Civic Center in a rematch of last year's title game, won by the Wildcats 49-47.

True is looking forward to the sequel, no matter what happens.

"One game is not going to define us or our season," he said. "At the end of the year, if you're playing your last game where, whether you win or lose you know it's your last game, then you've had a great year. I couldn't be more proud of the kids, we're just very fortunate and excited to be here."

MCAULEY'S MOLLY MACK, a senior forward, is more known for her rebounding and defense.

So when she hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring of the Western Class A girls' title game with Cheverus, she opened some eyes.

"Coach told me before the game if I was wide open, shoot the ball," she said.

It was a perfect shot, jump-starting the Lions to their 47-36 win over the Stags.

Mack has been part of all three consecutive regional titles won by the Lions, but this one was special, she said. "This one is the best though. I feel like I contributed more to our team. We've been working really hard."

Victoria Lux, the sophomore forward who had four huge points down the stretch for the Lions, said this was a victory for everyone.

"I think this is great for our school, for our basketball program," she said. "We are a family. It's a great basketball community. Our coaches love us, we love them."

CHEVERUS EARNED a great deal of praise for its efforts in the regional game against McAuley. And with good reason.

After a grueling first half, the Stags pushed McAuley like no other team this year. Twice in the final two minutes, Cheverus pulled within four points. But McAuley's foul shooting down the stretch held off the Stags.

"McAuley is one of the best teams in the state, perhaps the best," said Coach Richie Ashley. "They knew they were in a game."

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McAuley’s Molly Mack holds the Western Class A plaque after the Stags beat Cheverus at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday.

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Waynflete’s Catherine Veroneau cuts the net down after the Flyers won their Western Class C regional final at the Augusta Civic Center.

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South Portland celebrates its Western Class A boys regional championship, after beating Bonny Eagle 56-52 at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday. It’s the first time since 1993 the Red Riots have won a regional title.

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