The glass slipper couldn’t find a foot among the three Lakes Region girls basketball teams playing in the Western Maine quarterfinals this week.

Lake Region High, Windham and Gray-New Gloucester were all eliminated by a higher-ranked opponent in recent action at the Portland Expo, spoiling their hopes of a Cinderella run in the tournament.

Tuesday afternoon, No. 7 Lake Region’s three-year reign as Western Maine Class B champion came to an end at the hands of No. 2 Greely. The Rangers stymied the Lakers’ offense and got balanced scoring to pull out a 39-27 victory. The young and undersized Lakers – they don’t have a senior or a player listed taller than 5’9″ on their roster – wrapped up the season at 11-9.

After the Rangers pulled ahead to a 9-6 lead after the first quarter, the Lakers took their first and only lead two minutes into the second. Meghan Craffey’s 3 put the Lakers up 14-13, forcing a Greely timeout. Lake Region did not score again for 12 minutes, however, as the Rangers used a slow but steady 12-0 run to build a 25-14 lead after Nicole Faietta’s 3 halfway through the third quarter.

Lake Region finally scored again when Craffey hit a 3 with under two minutes to play in the third. Greely led 27-21 heading into the fourth and scored the first five points of the final period.

It took the Lakers over three and a half minutes to get on the board in the fourth quarter. Morgan McClean’s putback with 4:25 remaining cut Greely’s lead to nine at 32-25. Craffey’s layup got Lake Region within seven with 3:20 to go, but it got no closer.

Craffey led the Lakers with 10 points. Abby Hancock added seven. Faietta and Megan Grondin each had 10 for Greely, while three other players scored five apiece.

Greely (17-2) advanced to face No. 3 Mountain Valley in Thursday’s semifinal at the Cumberland County Civic Center (played after the Lakes Region Weekly’s deadline). The Falcons (16-3) moved on with a 47-34 win over No. 6 Gray-New Gloucester, also on Tuesday at the Expo.

Gray-New Gloucester (11-8) fell behind 13-5 when Mountain Valley’s Vanessa Cayer completed a three-point play to start the second quarter. The Patriots were held without a field goal in the second, but made 12 of 15 free throws in the quarter and trailed 25-17 at halftime.

Gray-New Gloucester got within four after a basket and 3 by Teri-Lynn Sanborn with 2:25 left in the third, but the Falcons scored the last seven points of the quarter and led 37-26 entering the fourth. The Patriots couldn’t chip away at their deficit in the fourth.

Cayer scored a game-high 14 points, while Lauren Lepage added 13 for Mountain Valley. Laura Getchell and Sanborn each scored 10 for Gray-New Gloucester, while Kassie Wilson added nine.

In Monday night’s Class A quarterfinal, No. 5 Windham fell to No. 4 Noble, 35-21.

After the teams played to a 9-9 first quarter, Windham (11-8) was limited to two points in the second quarter as Noble (15-4) took a 17-11 lead at halftime. The Eagles continued their offensive struggles in the second half, scoring just six points in the third and four in the fourth against the stout Noble defense, anchored in the middle by 6’1″ senior center Sloane Sorrell, who had a game-high 11 points.

Kelsey McGowan paced the Eagles with 10 points.

Noble advances to Friday’s semifinal against Deering, the unbeaten No. 1 seed.


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