FARMINGDALE, Maine — Tuesday’s snow storm didn’t stop the Traip Academy girls basketball team — and neither could fifth-seeded Hall-Dale.
Addy Hale led a big second-half performance with 11 points, and the 12th-seeded Rangers pulled off a 39-35 upset over the Bulldogs in the prelim round of the Class C South tournament.
The Rangers — a 1-7 squad back on Jan. 5 — advanced to face another double-digit seed, No. 13 Madison, in next Tuesday’s regional quarterfinal round in Augusta. Madison stifled fourth-seeded Hebron, 39-16, to move on via its own impressive upset.
Kiki Huntress chipped in 10 points and Emma Ackerman added six for Traip, which improved to 8-11 overall this season. Hall-Dale closed at 12-7.
The Rangers were able to open up a low-scoring rock fight in the third quarter, outscoring Hall-Dale 18-8. The game was tied 4-4 after the first quarter and Traip led 14-10 at halftime.
“We played really great in the third quarter,” Traip coach Scott Blake said. “We had a 14-point lead in the fourth and ended up holding on.”
It took four or five key free throws down the stretch to ice it. The Broncos made things interesting late when a desperation 3-point attempt went down off the backboard. But Hale helped restore order with a free throw to make a two-possession game, and Traip got the game-sealing stop it needed on the other end to seal the victory.
Similar to the matchup with Hall-Dale, Traip did not face Madison (6-13) during the regular season.