BRUNSWICK’S JULIA CHAMPAGNE (11), who surpassed 1,000 points recently and averaged over 22 points per game, leads her Dragons against Oxford Hills today at the Augusta Civic Center at 3 p.m.

BRUNSWICK’S JULIA CHAMPAGNE (11), who surpassed 1,000 points recently and averaged over 22 points per game, leads her Dragons against Oxford Hills today at the Augusta Civic Center at 3 p.m.

BRUNSWICK

The high school basketball preliminaries are completed, so now it is on to quarterfinal action over the next week, with the Augusta Civic Center, Portland Expo and the Cross Center in Bangor being the host sites.

In Eastern Maine Class A girls action today, No. 6 Brunswick (11-7) and thirdseeded Oxford Hills (15-3) kick things off in Augusta at 3 p.m.

MORSE GUARD Keegan McDonough, here going in for two points against Camden Hills, leads the Shipbuilders into the Western B quarterfinals at the Portland Expo on Saturday at 11 a.m. Morse, the No. 3 seed, meets No. 6 Lincoln Academy.

MORSE GUARD Keegan McDonough, here going in for two points against Camden Hills, leads the Shipbuilders into the Western B quarterfinals at the Portland Expo on Saturday at 11 a.m. Morse, the No. 3 seed, meets No. 6 Lincoln Academy.

The Dragons, led by Julia Champagne and her 22.5 points per game average, had trouble with the Vikings, who are the defending Eastern A Regional champs. In two games this season, Brunswick managed just 60 total points, falling 35-32 at South Paris and 35- 28 in Brunswick. On the side of optimism, the Dragons only allowed 70 to Oxford Hills, so expect a low-scoring, physical affair in this one.

Other Eastern A girls quarterfinals today are No. 2 Lawrence taking on No. 7 Messalonskee at 4:30 p.m., fourth-seeded Edward Little meeting up with No. 5 Mt. Blue at 7 p.m., and top-seeded Bangor taking on rival and No. 8 Hampden Academy, which downed ninthseeded Mt. Ararat, 54-44, in a Tuesday prelim.

The Eastern A boys hit the court on Saturday, with No. 3 Messalonskee, behind Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A Player of the Year Nick Mayo, facing No. 6 Oxford Hills at 4 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., Brunswick, the No. 7 seed with a 9-9 record, face a tough task in No. 2 and defending Regional champion Hampden Academy (16-2). The Dragons battled hard in an early-season 43-32 loss to the Broncos and come in winners of three of their last four games.

At 8 p.m., No. 4 Lewiston meets No. 5 Cony, and at 9:30 p.m., top-seeded Edward Little will face No. 8 Brewer, which advanced with a 60-48 prelim win over Mt. Ararat on Tuesday. The Witches are making their first appearance at the Civic Center in seven years.

Western D boys kick-off Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center. At 8:30 a.m., the Civic Center will be hopping as No. 3 Hyde and their “Phoenix Rowdies” take on No. 6 Searsport. Hyde comes in 14-4, while Searsport, which downed Islesboro in a Wednesday prelim, is 14-5.

Valley, the No. 2 seed, takes on No. 7 Vinalhaven at 10 a.m., followed at 11:30 a.m. by the 4-5 matchup featuring fourth-seeded Seacoast Christian (16-2) and No. 5 Richmond. The Bobcats held off No. 12 Buckfield on Wednesday in a prelim, 51- 40, and handed the Guardians one of their two losses this season with a 59- 55 win on Jan. 29.

Western D quarters conclude at 1 p.m. when topseeded and undefeated Forest Hills (18-0) battles it out with No. 9 North Yarmouth Academy.

Saturday in Portland

Morse forward Ethan Winglass was named the KVAC Coastal Player of the Year this week. Now, he takes his thirdseeded Shipbuilders back to the Portland Expo on Saturday for a Western B quarterfinal at 11 a.m.

Morse (13-5) will meet No. 6 Lincoln Academy (12-6). The Shipbuilders and Eagles split during the KVAC Class B season, with Morse winning 57-51 in its season opener and Lincoln Academy taking a comefrom behind 55-51 victory on Jan. 13 in Newcastle.

Also on Saturday, No. 2 Cape Elizabeth meets seventhseeded Greely at 12:30 p.m.; No. 4 Lake Region battles it out with No. 5 Spruce Mountain at 3 p.m.; and top-seeded Yarmouth is in action against No. 9 Gray-New Gloucester at 4:30 p.m.

After a Sunday break and a large cleanup after the expected blizzard, the teams are slated to get back into action next week.

Western D girls play kicks off on Monday with a pair of morning contests. No. 3 Forest Hills battles No. 6 Searsport at 10 a.m., followed at 11:30 a.m. by No. 2 Rangeley and No. 7 Valley.

On Tuesday, the other half of the Western D draw features No. 4 Richmond (12-6) and No. 5 Hyde (14-4) in a quarterfinal matchup at 10 a.m. The teams didn’t meet during the regular season.

Also, No. 1 Pine Tree Academy of Freeport (17-1) takes on ninth-seeded Vinalhaven, which defeated No. 8 Greenville in a Tuesday prelim.

Like Richmond and Hyde, the Breakers and Vikings did not face each this year. Tip-off is slated for 11:30 a.m.

Eastern classes B, C and D are in Bangor, Western C boys and girls also play in Augusta, while Western A joins Western B in Portland, with semifinal action shifting to Cross Insurance Arena next week.


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