WATERBORO — Paige Cote scored 26 points, and sixth-seeded Sanford used an 11-4 edge in the third quarter to take control en route to a 52-45 win over No. 3 Massabesic in a Class AA South girls’ basketball quarterfinal Thursday night.

Samya Santiague got all four of her points in third quarter as Sanford (8-11) turned a one-point deficit into a six-point lead.

Cote moved within 13 points of 1,000 for her career. She’ll have a chance to reach the milestone next Thursday when Sanford plays No. 2 Scarborough in the semifinals at Cross Insurance Arena.

Jaylyn Bartolome contributed nine points for the Spartans.

Micaela Jacobs and Grace Frechette each scored 11 points for Massabesic (11-8).



THORNTON ACADEMY 81, NOBLE 64: Colby Lands scored 17 points, and the second-seeded Golden Trojans (16-3) raced to a 30-point halftime lead as they cruised to a Class AA South quarterfinal victory over the No. 7 Knights (1-18) in Saco.

Dylan Griffin added 14 points and Jack Pyzynski scored 13 for Thornton, which advances to face third-seeded Bonny Eagle in the semifinals Wednesday at Cross Insurance Arena.

Garrett Brown led Noble with 15 points. Jackson Hett chipped in with 13.


THORNTON ACADEMY 2, SOUTH PORTLAND 0: Gage Tarbox-Belanger picked up his third shutout of the season, and Brady Forbes and Alex St. John scored as the Golden Trojans (10-7) defeated South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete (9-6-1) at Troubh Ice Arena.

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