Drew Storey provided an early spark and fellow veterans Logan Bagshaw and Zach Brown got the offense through a couple rough patches as top-seeded Greely beat No. 8 Mt. Ararat, 70-46, in a Class A South boys’ basketball quarterfinal Friday at the Portland Expo.

Greely (16-3), the two-time defending state champion, will meet No. 5 Kennebunk (15-4) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cross Insurance Arena.

Mt. Ararat finished 10-10.

Storey (21 points) scored 10 of Greely’s first 12 points as the Rangers jumped out to a 9-0 lead.

Mt. Ararat, though, stayed in striking range behind 10 first half-points from 6-foot-8 Jared Balser, who finished with 18 points.

Greely took a timeout with 2:27 left in the half after a couple sloppy possessions, holding a 27-19 lead. A patient offensive set led to a 3-pointer by Brown (12 points). Bagshaw (25 points) quickly made another 3-pointer en route to a 35-21 halftime lead.

Greely’s offense was slow to get going in the third quarter until Brown was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws. In quick order, Storey finished off a Mt. Ararat turnover and Michael Coppersmith – another veteran of Greely’s two 22-0 teams – converted a drive.

Greely led 52-33 after three quarters, then went on a 12-0 run in the fourth.

Girls’ basketball

LAWRENCE 57, MEDOMAK VALLEY 33: Fueled by the return of senior forward and captain Brooklynn Lambert, the third-seeded Bulldogs (14-5) went on a second-half run to take command and then pulled away with another surge in a Class A North quarterfinal win over the sixth-seeded Panthers (11-8) at the Augusta Civic Center.

Lambert, playing in her first game since rolling her ankle during a Feb. 1 loss to Gardiner, led Lawrence with 18 points. Keegan Alley added 13 points while battling illness, and Sarah Poli scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Lawrence will play No. 2 Hampden Academy at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

It was 20-17 at halftime, but the Panthers quickly cut the gap to one on a Sadie Cohen jumper. Then Lambert scored back-to-back baskets, and after a Megan Curtis free throw, Poli and Alley made baskets, Lambert hit a free throw and Savannah Weston sank a jumper to finish a 12-0 run that put Lawrence ahead 32-19 with just over three minutes to go in the third quarter.

Aubrey Schaeffer was fouled while making a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and her four-point play cut the deficit to 37-29 and gave Medomak an opening to get back into the game in the fourth. But Lawrence quickly shut the door. Lambert, who had 15 points in the second half, hit a 3-pointer and scored eight of the Bulldogs’ first 10 points of the fourth, kickstarting an 18-2 run.

Lawrence hit eight of its first 10 shots in the fourth quarter.

Medomak played almost the entire game without guard Abby Lash, who was scratched from the starting lineup just minutes before tipoff because of illness. Lash eventually was subbed in, but had to return to the locker room moments later.

“I’m proud of how we played,” said Medomak Coach Ryan McNelly, whose team was led by Schaeffer, Cohen, Lydia Simmons and Mackenzie Bickmore with six points apiece.

HAMPDEN ACADEMY 44, ERSKINE ACADEMY 26: Bailey Donovan got 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead the second-seeded Broncos past the seventh-seeded Eagles in a Class A North quarterfinal in Augusta.

Donovan, a 6-foot-3 senior, led a dominant rebounding performance by the Broncos, who will face Lawrence in the semifinals on Tuesday night. Donovan grabbed nine of her team’s 12 offensive rebounds. She scored 11 points in the first half, then got Hampden’s first nine points of the third quarter as the Broncos built a 13-point lead.

SKOWHEGAN 46, CAMDEN HILLS 30: Annie Cooke, Jaycie Christopher and Alyssa Everett combined for all 26 of Skowhegan’s second-half points and the top-seeded Indians (19-0) pulled away from No. 8 Camden Hills (7-12) in a Class A North quarterfinal.

Skowhegan led just 20-17 at halftime, but Cooke scored nine of her 11 points in the third quarter as the lead grew to 34-26. Christopher was 6 for 7 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and finished with 13 points. Everett added 12 points.

Kassie Krul scored 13 points for the Windjammers.

MESSALONSKEE 39, GARDINER 33: Gabrielle Wener scored nine of her 16 points in the fourth quarter, and the fifth-seeded Eagles (11-8) beat No. 4 Gardiner (12-7) in a Class A North quarterfinal.

Messalonskee was just 6 of 35 from the field through three quarters and trailed 20-19, but a 3-pointer by Emily Parent and baskets from Alyssa Genness, Mackenzie Mayo and Sarah Lowell put the Eagles ahead for good.

Aimee Adams had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Gardiner.


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