Upset Number 2! And 3! And 4!

The girls prelims brought more upsets

Upset Number 2! And 3! And 4!

NOW it's a tournament.

Let's go to Thorndike, where the Mount View girls are up 11 with a minute and a half to play.

Central hits a three, then gets a steal at half-court and a layup and one for a quick 6-0 burst.

Sorry, I don't have rosters for this.

Mount View puts up a not-great shot, Central races down for a layup to make it 47-44 and suddenly we've got a game (and shades of Erskine's rally against MCI the night before).

Out of a Mount View timeout, Central forces another turnover, then gets a clean corner 3 that I thought went in live, but it missed and Mount View was fouled in the rebounding action. She then proceeds to miss both free throws (this is why coaches drink).

In the final 20 seconds, Central has a deep 3 come up short, then 2 more don't fall and Mount View survives the rally to punch their ticket for Bangor.

On February 5th, Lake Region lost at home to Wells by 16, which is never a good sign when you might get that team in the tourney. Well they did. And they must have figured something out because they escaped Wells with a 51-48 win to advance to the Expo.

They'll face Lincoln Academy.

Speaking of Lincoln Academy, I will be at their girls prelim with Biddeford today and will have LIVE stats.

LIVE Stats
Live stats of selected games

Everyone knows that if you're going to fill out a bracket, you have to pick a 5/12 upset. This is Tournament 101 stuff. So...

You would expect Sacopee Valley to make a game out of it, but they did not. Monmouth ran away with this one and they're heading to Augusta after starting their season 0-6.

And C South Girls now looks like this:


Aleyah Matheson's 26 in the absence of Anna Oliver (she's out for the year) gave Hodgdon a prelim win over GSA. They'll get Penobscot Valley next...Katahdin's Hunter Hartsgrove posted a triple-double against Stearns with 38 pts, 10 rebounds and 12 steals, and 7 assists. They have Central Aroostook in the quarters, a team they nearly beat twice in the regular season...the Presque Isle girls squeaked past Washington Academy, 42-41.

The Tourney Guides are all done and I've already thought of an improvement for next year. Maybe I'll add it for the Gold Ball games. Let's see how tired I am.

All told, it's about 150 pages long and included every single team in the state.

It's included in a paid subscription. So if you're looking for a reason to upgrade, it's a good one. Plus it helps cover my gas going back and forth to Portland and Augusta.

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And obviously if I see a half-court game winner, I gotta include it.

Let's go to Hermon for a B North prelim.

Washington Academy stumbled into the tournament, losing four of their final 5 (including a loss to 2-16 John Bapst) to fall to the 11 seed.

They'll make the 2 hour trip to Hermon to face an Eagles team that has dropped 3 of their last 4.

WA has the #1 defense in B North and Hermon's is 3rd, so points may be few and far between in this one, just like they were in their 2 regular season meetings. Hermon won both of those (32-26 and 40-38), but if you're Washington Academy, you've got to feel like you can break through and punch a ticket to Bangor.

What do they say about how hard it is to beat a team 3 times?

The Model's picks for the rest of today's games are after the jump.