Mt. Ararat’s Maddie Kinney and Brunswick’s Lexi Morin battle for rebound position during a Class A South semifinal Wednesday afternoon at the Portland Expo. Eric Maxim/The Times Record

When rivals like Brunswick and Mt. Ararat meet in the high school basketball tournament, fans should expect a tight game. Wednesday afternoon’s Class A South girls’ semifinal did not disappoint.

Senior Blake Austin came off the bench and hit a tying 3-pointer for top-seeded Brunswick with 1:17 left in regulation, then the Dragons went 7 for 12 at the free-throw line in overtime to secure a 43-38 win at the Portland Expo.

“It’s a rivalry game. It’s always going to be like that,” said Brunswick Coach Sam Farrell. “And they’re really good. They came on late (in the season).”

Brunswick (18-2) will face second-seeded Greely in the regional final. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, but that’s weather permitting with a storm expected.

Fourth-seeded Mt. Ararat ends the season at 13-7.

Neither team led by more than six points. Down 27-23 entering the fourth quarter, Mt. Ararat took a 32-30 lead with 3:39 left on a pair of Elsa Daulerio free throws. A Daulerio layup with 1:48 left made it 34-30.


Lexi Morin’s free throw cut the lead to 34-31 with 1:30 to play. After a missed free throw by Mt. Ararat, Austin got her chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer from the right wing. It was her only basket of the game.

What was going through her mind when she let it fly?

“Not very much. I saw that I was open and I put it up,” Austin said.

The Dragons were in foul trouble much of the fourth quarter. Logan Brown, who scored all 11 of Brunswick’s third-quarter points and led the Dragons with 16, fouled out with 19 seconds left in regulation. The win was a testament to the team’s depth, Farrell said, pointing to Austin’s 3-pointer as well as a 3-pointer from freshman Eva Harvie that tied the game at 30-30 with 3:53 left in the fourth.

“Every kid that went in made it count. That was a big motto for us, ‘Make it count.’ It seemed like we made big plays at the right times,” Farrell said.

Members of the Brunswick High girls’ basketball team celebrate after they defeated Mt. Ararat in a Class A South semifinal Wednesday afternoon at the Portland Expo. Eric Maxim/The Times Record

Added Austin: “Every single person can do the job and is willing to do so. Even when a big player like Logan fouls out, we’re still able to sort of take control.”

Daulerio gave the Eagles a 36-34 lead early in overtime, but the Dragons scored the next nine points. Kelsie Carlton sank 3 of 4 foul shots in the extra session.

Daulerio had nine rebounds to go with her 14 points. Morgan Ruff added eight points for the Eagles, including back-to-back 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to give Mt. Ararat a 29-27 lead.

“We just held the one seed down to the wire. They hit big shots. We hit big shots. It was a battle,” said Mt. Ararat Coach Julie Petrie. “Some things didn’t go our way, and they took advantage of that.”

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