AUGUSTA — Melinda Ogden poured in 28 points to power the No. 3 Searsport Vikings to a 73-53 girls basketball victory over the No. 6 Richmond Bobcats in a Western Maine Class D quarterfinal at the Augusta Civic Center Monday morning.
Searsport, now 15-4, advanced to a 10 a.m. Thursday semifinal against No. 2 Rangeley. The Bobcats finished with an 8-11 record.
Alicen Brooks chipped in with 12 points for the Vikings while Briana Grant and Anna Bucklin each added 10. Allison Walker chipped in with eight. Other scorers included Meghan Grant (two), Brittany Ward (two) and Karigen Coffin (one).
Morgan Harrington paced the Bobcats with 18 points and Kelsea Anaie added 15 points. Other scorers included Autumn Acord (eight), Meranda Martin (two), Cassidy Harriman (three) and Camryn Hurley (five).
The Vikings took a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter and surged to an 11-point advantage at halftime.
Edward Little 68, Messalonskee 57
At the Augusta Civic Center, Kaleb Main’s alarm went off early Monday morning, even though it was a couple of hours after he’d rolled out of bed.
When Jordon Holmes knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the early stages of Edward Little’s rescheduled Eastern A quarterfinal with Messalonskee (8:30 a.m. start time), it was a wake-up call for Main and the Eddies, who had seen Holmes torch them for 22 points in an 11-point loss on Dec. 19.
“Obviously it was a struggle early in the game when he made the two fadeaway 3s to start,” Main said. “But my coach told me to play more uptight on him.”
Main made it his mission to make Holmes uptight, and he succeeded, outplaying Messalonskee’s all-conference guard on both ends to send No. 5 Edward Little to its seventh consecutive regional semifinal with a 68-57 win over No. 4 Messalonskee at the Augusta Civic Center.
The Red Eddies (12-7) advanced to a Wednesday semifinal against No. 1 Hampden.
Main finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds (five offensive) and two steals, Perhaps more importantly, he held Holmes without a field goal for more than 17 minutes after the two early bombs. Holmes scored seven in the fourth quarter (five from the free throw line) to finish with 15 points.
Andrew Middleton also came up big for the Eddies with 20 points, despite being plagued by foul trouble the first three quarters. Main and Elijah Roe (12 points, six rebounds) helped fill the scoring and rebounding void whenever Middleton had to go to the bench.
Waynflete 66, Monmouth 51
At the Augusta Civic Center, Serge Nyirikamba’s fourth foul was just the break Monmouth was looking for late in Monday’s Western Class C quarterfinal.
Relegated to the bench with five minutes left, Waynflete’s 6-foot-3 senior forward wouldn’t be able to perform his low-post surgery for a while, or intimidate the Mustangs at the other end.
Nyirikamba had barely settled into his seat when Monmouth’s Huter Richardson drilled a 3-pointer to cut a 10-point deficit down to seven. The Mustangs seemed to have the momentum it needed to pull off a comeback.
But a couple of turnovers and Nyirikamba’s co-captain, Henry Cleaves, quickly shifted that momentum back to the third-seeded Flyers, and for the second consecutive year, they ended the Mustangs’ season at the Augusta Civic Center.
Nyirikamba tallied 26 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks and Cleaves scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as Waynflete held off No. 6 Monmouth, 66-51.
The Flyers (16-2) advance to Thursday night’s semifinals, where they will face No. 10 Hall-Dale, a 67-54 winner over No. 2 Boothbay. Monmouth ends its season at 12-8.
Nyirikamba left the game with his team up by 10. He returned a little less than three minutes later with the same cushion.
Marcques Houston led Monmouth with 17 points. Brett Wilson added 12 on four 3-pointers for the Mustangs, who lost to Waynflete in last year’s quarterfinals by 31 points.
Hall-Dale advanced against an undermanned Boothbay squad as six of its players were suspended last week for underage drinking. The Seahawks were the defending Western Maine champion.
Hampden 7, Houlton 3
At Houlton, Mike Ward netted three goals to lead the Hampden Broncos past the Shiretowners for the victory.
Joey McLain contributed two goals for the Broncos while Riley Eastman and Dylan Cray each had one.
For Houlton, Josh Malone, Brandon Malone and Rachel Harmon each scored one goal.