Calais, Washburn girls seek to keep C, D state titles in East hands

Posted March 01, 2013, at 7:58 p.m.
Calais’ Meaghan Cavanaugh (left) pressures Orono’s Elea Kass during the Eastern Maine Class C title game at the Bangor Auditorium last Saturday. Cavanaugh will lead Calais when it plays Waynflete in the Class C state final at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Auditorium.
Calais’ Meaghan Cavanaugh (left) pressures Orono’s Elea Kass during the Eastern Maine Class C title game at the Bangor Auditorium last Saturday. Cavanaugh will lead Calais when it plays Waynflete in the Class C state final at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Auditorium. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — Two undefeated Eastern Maine girls basketball teams will be trying to maintain those unblemished marks, and keep their respective gold balls in the region, when the Classes C and D state championships are held Saturday at the Bangor Auditorium.

They will be among the last four games played at the Auditorium before it’s torn down and the tournaments move next door to the Cross Insurance Center next year.

Mackenzie Worcester and her Washburn High School girls basketball teammates will be gunning for their third straight Class D state championship, an accomplishment no Class D girls team has achieved. The Beavers (21-0) take on Richmond (17-3) starting at 1 p.m.

Calais will attempt to hang onto the trophy that Central of Corinth collected last year by a point over Hall-Dale of Farmingdale. The Blue Devils (21-0) will face Waynflete (19-3) of Portland at 7 p.m.

Worcester, a sophomore guard who made the East all-tourney team, had a strong three-game performance in the EM Class D tournament as she averaged 19.3 points a game, including 32 points in the semifinal game.

She will be backed by senior backcourt mate Carmen Bragg, the East all-tourney team MVP; junior forward Carsyn Koch; sophomore forward Joan Overman; and senior center Olivia Doody.

The Richmond Bobcats feature a tall frontcourt in 6-foot senior center Jamie Plummer, 5-11 senior forward Alyssa Pearson and 5-10 senior forward Ciarra Lancaster. The Bobcats are also a combination of experience and youth with seven seniors, two juniors and six freshmen.

In Class C, the EM victor Blue Devils will be led by sophomore point guard Maddy McVicar, senior guard Meaghan Cavanaugh and sophomore guard/forward Olivia Smith. Paige Gillespie adds height as the 5-11 junior center.

McVicar was the East tourney MVP, and Cavanaugh also was named to the team.

The Flyers are paced by twin sisters Martha and Catherine Veroneau. Martha Veroneau is the power scorer, putting up 26 points in Waynflete’s win over Madison in the WM final. She also scored 47 in a tourney game last year. The Flyer pressure defense is strong, too, as they forced Madison into 41 turnovers.

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