PORTLAND — For two quarters and part of a third Tuesday afternoon at the Portland Exposition Building, the upstart seventh-ranked Cape Elizabeth girls’ basketball team didn’t just go toe-to-toe with pedigreed No. 2 York, the Capers had the Wildcats on the ropes.
Then, York exploded on a 23-2 run to seemingly put the game away, but Cape Elizabeth finished strong and even cut an 18-point deficit down to six in the final minute, but the Wildcats finally held on, 47-39.
York got 13 points from freshman Chloe Smedley, 11 from senior standout Emily Campbell and six points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots from senior Marquis MacGlashing as it improved to 17-2, ended the Capers’ finest season in 17 years at 11-9 and advanced to set up a semifinal round showdown against longtime rival Wells (9-11), the No. 11 seed, Thursday at 3 p.m., at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Cape Elizabeth looked like the experienced team in the first period, racing to an 11-2 lead behind 3-pointers from freshman Montana Braxton and senior Marlo Dell’Aquila, but, as expected, York rallied and tied the score with little more than two minutes to go in the first half on a layup from freshman Shannon Todd. The game was deadlocked, 20-20, at the half, before the Wildcats exploded in the third period, getting several easy layups, most from Smedley. By the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter, York was up, 43-25, but the valiant Capers, thanks to two 3s from Kate Miklavic and another from sophomore Hannah Sawyer, made it 45-39 with just over a minute to go before a couple late free throws made it official.
Cape Elizabeth was led by 10 points from Miklavic and had a 33-28 advantage on the glass.