December 09, 2019
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The most memorable photos from the opening round of the Maine basketball tourney

Joseph Cyr (2); Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Joseph Cyr (2); Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Players from Stearns High School (from left), Mt. Blue and Waterville in some of the best photographs from the quarterfinals of the 2019 Maine high school basketball tournament.

The 2019 Maine high school basketball tournament quarterfinals are now complete, and teams fought their way through some stiff competition to make it to the semifinals. There were upsets, buzzer-beating shots, blowouts and even one team with its first playoff victory ever.

[Follow all of our 2019 tourney coverage here]

Take a moment to look back through some of the best photographs from the first round of the tourney, thanks to BDN photographers and reporters Joseph Cyr, Josh O’Donnell, Gabor Degre and Pete Warner.

Class AA Boys

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Bangor High School’s Matt Fleming (right) passes the ball over Lewiston High School’s Evan Williams during the Feb. 12 AA North quarterfinal game in Bangor. Bangor won the game, 68-36.

Class AA Girls

Pete Warner | BDN
Pete Warner | BDN
Libby Fleming of Bangor goes to the floor to gather in a loose ball as Emily Huntington (left) and Lillie Singleton (partially obscured) pursue the play during a Feb. 14 Class AA North quarterfinal in Bangor. Bangor won the game, 50-38.

Class A Boys

Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Marc Hutchings (34) of Hampden Academy looks for an opening against Kyle Kruse (20) of Skowhegan. No. 7 Skowhegan upset No. 2 Hampden, 68-63, in the A North boys quarterfinal game on Feb. 16.
Josh O'Donnell (2) | BDN
Josh O'Donnell (2) | BDN
Left: Kyle Fox (31) of Mt. Blue makes a drive to the basket against Brewer's Colby Smith (44) and Trevor Pearson (12) during a Feb. 16 Class A boys quarterfinal game. Brewer won, 71-60.
Right: Skowhegan's Matush Prokop (22) jumps for the ball alongside Hampden Academy's Bryce Lausier (2) during a Feb. 16 Class A boys quarterfinal game. Skowhegan won, 68-63.

Class A Girls

Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
MacKenzie Roderick (3) of Erskine dribbles around Camryn Bouchard (10) of Hampden Academy in the A North girls quarterfinals on Feb. 15. The Hampden girls won the match 44-26.
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Gardiner's Margaret Bell (12) dribbles the ball down the court as Messalonskee's Emily Parent (12) stands guard in a A North girls quarterfinal match on Feb. 15. Messalonskee won the game 39-33.

Class B Boys

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Members of the Ellsworth boys basketball team anxiously await the final seconds to tick off the clock in their Feb. 15 Class B North quarterfinal game. The No. 6 Eagles beat No. 3 Mount Desert Island 71-48.
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Presque Isle's Trace Cyr, left, blocks a shot by Hermon's Isaac Varney during Saturday afternoon's boys Class B North quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center. Hermon won 58-30.
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Pedro Fernandes (left) and Jaroslav Ruta of Maine Central Institute celebrate on the sidelines as the final seconds tick off the clock Saturday morning. No. 5 MCI upset No. 4 Oceanside 58-52 in overtime in a Class B North quarterfinal.
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Caribou's Isaac Marker, center, heads to the basket as Washington Academy's Jax Lin, right, tries to knock it away. To the left is Jaime Ortega Teba during Friday night's Class B North quarterfinal. Caribou won 73-49.

Class B Girls

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Old Town's Claudia Damboise (center) gets wrapped up with Winslow's Grace Smith while rebounding during the Feb. 16 girls' Class B North quarterfinal. Winslow won 36-29.
Joseph Cyr (2) | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr (2) | Houlton Pioneer Times
Left: MDI's Julia Watras (left) lofts a shot over the outstretched arm of MCI's Christa Carr during the Feb. 16 Class B North quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center. MDI won the game 42-27.
Right: Hermon's Madisyn Curtis drives to the basket as Presque Isle's Maggie Castonguay chases from behind during the Feb. 16 Class B North quarterfinals. Hermon won the game, 67-32.
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Waterville's Sadie Garling launches a shot during Friday night's Class B North quarterfinal against John Bapst at the Cross Insurance Center. Waterville won 44-35.
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Hannah Chamberlin, bottom left, of Mount Desert Island and Madison Boutwell of Maine Central Institute go hard to the ground to recover a loose ball in a Class B North quarterfinal. Coming in on the play from the right is MDI's Leah Carroll. MDI won the game 42-27.

Class C Boys

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
George Stevens Academy’s Reece Dannenberg slaps the ball back onto the court between Calais High School’s Justice Bassett (center) and Kyle Richard during the Maine Principals’ Association Basketball State Tournament Class C North boys quarterfinal game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Feb. 19. George Stevens won the game, 73-37.
Gabor Degre (2) | BDN
Gabor Degre (2) | BDN
Left: Mattanawcook Academy’s Alex Brown goes up for a shot over Dexter Regional High School’s Trever Richards during the Maine Principals’ Association Basketball State Tournament Class C North boys quarterfinal game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Feb. 19. Mattanawcook won 47-37.
Right: George Stevens Academy Isaac Wardwell goes up for a shot over Calais High School’s Blake Collins during the Maine Principals’ Association Basketball State Tournament Class C North boys quarterfinal game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Feb. 19 George Stevens Academy won 73-37.
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Houlton's Nolan Porter, left, soars to the rim as Penobscot Valley's Elijah Wood gives chase during the Feb. 19 Class C North quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center. Houlton won 72-32.
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Jacob Carvell, left, of Central Aroostook puts up a shot over the outstretched arms of Simon Torrey, middle, and Kyle Brooks during a Feb. 19 Class C North quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center. Sumner scored a last-second layup to win 54-53.

Class C Girls

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Katherine Alley, left, of Stearns looks for a way around Central Aroostook's Sydney Garrison during a Feb. 19 Class C North quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Stearns won 70-45.
Pete Warner | BDN
Pete Warner | BDN
A rebound is up for grabs between Sage Phillips (left) and Elizabeth Bitar (32) of Calais and Madawaska's Brianne Thibeault during a Feb. 20 Class C girls basketball quarterfinal in Bangor. Calais won 74-42.
Pete Warner | BDN
Pete Warner | BDN
Emily St. Cyr (10) of Penobscot Valley drives the lane amidst Narraguagus defenders (from left) Kaci Alley, Lanie Perry and Anna Strout during a Feb. 20 Class C North quarterfinal in Bangor. PVHS won the game 45-42.

Class D Boys

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Isaac Potter of Greater Houlton Christian Academy bursts through the banner at the start of the Feb. 16 Class D quarterfinal with Southern Aroostook at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. GHCA beat Southern Aroostook 54-44, marking the first tourney victory for the Eagles boys basketball team in the school's history.
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Woodland's Christopher Plissey, center, goes up for a shot as Van Buren's Blake Martin (10) and Colby Lavoie defend during a Feb. 18 Class D North quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center. Woodland won 76-29.
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Schenck's Tyrone Davis, left, soars to the rim for a layup while Easton's Matthew Pangburn trails behind during a Feb. 18 Class D North quarterfinal matchup. Schenck won 69-52.

Class D Girls

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Kaylee Morey, left, of Deer Isle-Stonington rips the ball away from Ashland's Willow Hall during a Feb. 18 Class D North quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center. Hall played the first half before leaving for Farmington to compete in the state Nordic ski meet that afternoon. Deer Isle-Stonington won 57-28.
Joseph Cyr (2) | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr (2) | Houlton Pioneer Times
Left: Schenck's Cassie Russell, left, puts up an off-balanced jumper over a pair of Shead defenders during a Feb. 18 Class D North girls basketball quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center. Schenck won 56-38.
Right: Southern Arooostook's Sydney Brewer puts up a one-handed jumper over the outstretched arms of Washburn defender Kassandra Farley during a Feb. 18 Class D North quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center. Southern Aroostook won 84-31.
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times
Woodland's Emily Curtis, left, tries to rip the ball away from Katahdin's Makayla Hartsgrove, center and Madison Landry during a Feb. 18 Class D North quarterfinal. Woodland won the game 59-33.

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