Hyde battles past North Haven in West Class D semifinal

Posted Feb. 19, 2014, at 9:48 p.m.

AUGUSTA — Warsame Mohamed scored 23 points to power No. 2 Hyde by No. 6 North Haven 49-39 in West Class D boys basketball semifinal at the Augusta Civic Center Wednesday over No. 6 North Haven.

North Haven finished with an 18-2 record after advancing to the semifinal after recording its first-ever tourney win, 42-36 over Greenville on Saturday.

Akim Sanni chipped in with 11 points for the Hyde Phoenix of Bath, which improved to 17-2.

Hyde battled to a 10-point halftime lead and held off the Hawks the rest of the way.

Avery Waterman scored 18 points to lead North Haven and Ethan Mao chipped in with six.

Girls Basketball

Oxford Hills 35, Messalonskee 33

At the Augusta Civic Center, Anna Winslow scored 13 points and Mikayla Morin added 12 to help the No. 3 Vikings hold off the No. 7 Eagles in the Eastern Maine Class A semifinal.

Oxford Hills of South Paris improved to 15-4 and Messalonskee of Oakland finished at 12-7.

Kelsey Mayo paced Messalonskee with 11 points and Mikayla Turner added 10.

Madison 51 Old Orchard 43

At the Augusta Civic Center, the No. 5 Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-0 lead after the first quarter and then held off the No. 4 Seagulls to earn the victory in the Western Maine Class C quarterfinal.

Kirsten Wood paced Madison (14-6) with 10 points and Erin Whalen added six. Aly LeBlanc and Alex Jarvais each chipped in with six points.

Abby Dubois paced Old Orchard with 15 points and MacKenize Rague added 12.

Keene’s eye helps Spruce Mountain survive Fryeburg in West B girls quarterfinal.

Spruce Mountain 55, Fryeburg 51

To say that Emily Keene is a perfectionist is a matter of both principle and performance, especially when she’s standing at the free throw line.

A year ago, Keene was startlingly close to perfect when she swished 49 of 50 free throws to win the annual McDonald’s All-Star shootout. So when the Spruce Mountain junior missed not one, not two, but three straight Wednesday morning to let Fryeburg stay in a Class B West girls’ basketball quarterfinal to the finish, her agony and disbelief were palpable.

Of course, as perfectionists are prone to do, Keene buttoned everything up before it unraveled. She sank six straight from the line in the final 71 seconds of the regulation, and the No. 2 Phoenix made 9 of 10 to lock up a 55-51 victory over the No. 7 Raiders.

“I had a chance and missed some big ones that could have put it away,” Keene lamented.

But all’s well that ends well, and this so-far-spotless season is far from over. Spruce Mountain (19-0) advanced to the semifinals for the first time in school history and will meet No. 3 Wells at 3 p.m. Thursday at Cumberland County Civic Center.

Keene led the Phoenix with 18 points. Kailee Newcomb added nine and Sam Richards had eight, while Nicole Hamblin combined six points with seven steals.

“It’s a big step for us,” said Spruce Mountain coach Gavin Kane. “We don’t have a lot of time obviously to think about it or get excited about it.”

Skye Dole scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half for the Raiders, mostly by way of the offensive glass. Mackenzie Buzzell and Alexis L’Heureux-Carland each had nine points.

Spruce Mountain never trailed, catapulting to a 6-0 lead on the strength of baskets by Richards, Keene and Alex Bessey and its customarily smothering pressure.

Fryeburg battled back to tie it three times in the first quarter. Three points off the bench from Emily Hogan kept the Phoenix afloat during a brief offensive lull, and a Hamblin 18-footer put Spruce Mountain in front to stay with 48 seconds remaining in the period.

“Just try to stop them early and get on them defensively and score some baskets to get the lead up,” Newcomb said of the game plan.

The Phoenix overcame a 2-for-10 skid in the second period to stay in front 25-20 at the half, then inflated that lead to its maximum of 11 midway through the third.

Hamblin’s steal led to a Newcomb basket, and Vanese Barnes cashed in her own theft in the backcourt to trigger the run. Newcomb’s 3-pointer from the right corner pushed it to the high-water mark of 38-27.

“They don’t go deep into their bench, so we were also hoping with our pressure that we could wear them down,” Kane said. “At times we were effective with it, and there were other times we fell asleep with it ball-watching.”

Spruce Mountain went the final four minutes of the quarter without a field goal. Two late, inside buckets by Dole cut the gap to 39-33 and foreshadowed the Phoenix’s fourth-quarter difficulty putting it away.

Dole had nine points and Buzzell six in the fourth. McKenna Gerchman’s 3-point bomb made it 50-47.

 

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