The Maine IceBreakers 13U/8th-grade AAU Girls Basketball team won its first state title recently. The long road to victory consisted of three pool play games Saturday and three single elimination games Sunday.
The IceBreakers won the quarterfinal game by defeating the Maine Threat, 44-22. Then they defeated the Gardiner Tigers in the semifinal game, 44-24.
The finals game was a matchup against the Maine Wave, which won the tournament the previous two years.
It was a close game. The Maine Wave had the lead early on, but the IceBreakers fought back to go into halftime with a 16-15 lead.
The IceBreakers came out in the second half and pulled ahead by as many as 9 points, but the Maine Wave didn’t give up.
The lead bounced back and forth from 9 to 2 points several times. With great free-throw shooting and team play, the Maine IceBreakers were able to hold on and win by 51-44 to claim the team’s first state title.
The Maine IceBreakers will spend the next several weeks preparing for a Super Regional Tournament in Derry, N.H., then a New England Championship in Foxboro, Mass.