Welcome to Day 9 of the Maine high school basketball tournament!
There are 14 semifinal games lined up today to see who is going to get a chance to compete for a regional crown.
We’ll be providing the latest game scores, stories, brackets and more throughout the day.
It’s a final, Machias advances to the D North final against Easton with a 79-60 victory over No. 1 Jonesport-Beals
No. 1 is going to go down as Machias boys lead Jonesport-Beals 77-60 with 49.0 seconds left
Machias refuses to take its foot off the gas and still leads Jonesport-Beals 68-57 with 2:52 to play
Machias continues to handle the pressure, both that of Jonesport-Beals and that of the moment. The Bulldogs lead the Royals 59-47 with 4:51 to play
Upset alert! After three quarters, No. 4 Machias leads No. 1 Jonesport-Beals 55-39
Kyle Anderson makes a couple of quick hoops for Machias, which leads 41-36. Timeout Royals
The Royals already are in some significant foul trouble, which could affect their aggressiveness in the press
Jonesport-Beals’ trapping press is taking a toll on Machias, but the Bulldogs cling to a 37-36 lead with 5:07 left in the third
Machias takes an early timeout in the third quarter. Bulldogs lead Jonesport-Beals 37-34
Machias puts Jonesport-Beals on its heels for a while, but the Royals’ trapping pressure is paying dividends. Bulldogs lead 35-30 at halftime
3:17 left in the half and Jonesport-Beals has regained its footing. Royals cut a 14-point deficit down to eight at 31-23 against Machias
Jonesport-Beals not finding the shooting range and Machias attacking the basket hard. Bulldogs 24, Royals 15, 6:12 left in the half
Machias apparently has a short memory in regard to the regular season. The Bulldogs lead Jonesport-Beals 19-13 after a quarter
Machias provides some pushback, cuts the Jonesport-Beals lead to 9-5 with 3:49 left in the opening period
The Royals are off to a solid start, leading Machias 5-0 just 89 seconds into the game
At the end of the third quarter, South Portland leads Gorham 37-26.
Jonesport-Beals won both regular-season meetings against Machias by an average of 33.5 points.
Here were are, now at the end of the Class D semifinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Capping the festivities is a Washington County clash between No. 1 Jonesport-Beals and No. 4 Machias
Easton 50, Deer Isle-Stonington 48, final
Final score: Waynflete 53, Boothbay 41
Easton, DIS tied at 48-48, 46.2 seconds left.
Easton 47, Deer Isle-Stonington 46, 1:53 left, 4Q.
At the end of the first, South Portland leads Gorham 18-6.
End 3Q: Easton 38, Deer Isle-Stonington 36.
With 5 minutes left, Waynflete leads Boothbay 39-27.
In the middle of the third quarter, Waynflete leads Boothbay 29-21.
At halftime, Waynflete leads Boothbay 27-19.
Half: Easton 29, Deer Isle-Stonington 18.
Sanford beats Scarborough 43-36 in the Class AA South girls basketball semifinal.
No. 2 Waynflete leads No. 3 Boothbay 21-14 with 5 minutes left in the first half.
End 1Q, Easton 13, Deer Isle-Stonington 8
Improbable third quarter sees Scarborough open on a 16-0 run and outscores Sanford 19-3
#3 Sanford 36
#2 Scarborough 32 to the 4th
— Travis Lee (@TLee_WMTW) February 20, 2020
Upcoming: No. 6 Easton boys against No. 7 Deer Isle=Stonington.
Scarborough opens the second half on a 13-0 run and is back in the game. Bella Dickinson leading the charge.
#3 Sanford 33
#2 Scarborough 26 3:10 3rd
— Travis Lee (@TLee_WMTW) February 20, 2020
Sanford dominates from inside and outside in the first half AA girls semis
#3 Sanford 31
#2 Scarborough 13
Paige Cote 13 points, passes 1,000 in her career
— Travis Lee (@TLee_WMTW) February 20, 2020
Southern Aroostook stays unbeaten with 68-39 semifinal win over Shead.
End 3Q, Southern Aroostook leads Shead 56-27.
Southern Aroostook 36, Shead 19 at the half.
Winthrop is up 31-21 against Old Orchard Beach at halftime
End 1Q, Southern Aroostook 18, Shead 9.
Winthrop leads Old Orchard Beach 13-8 at the end of the first quarter in C South girls semis
Second-seeded Portland (17-3) plays the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 1 Oxford Hills (18-1) and No. 5 Windham (12-7) in the 2 p.m. championship game at Cross Arena.
Third-seeded Bangor closes out the season at 13-7.
Bangor battles to the end, but Portland closes it out, a 54-42 Class AA North semifinal victory at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland
Deer Isle-Stonington beats Katahdin 48-34 to advance to the Class D North championship.
Katahdin uses its final timeout — 1:55 to go, Deer Isle-Stonington leads by 14 — 45-31.
Down to 1:51 to play, the Portland girls lead Bangor 52-35
3:56 to play — Deer Isle-Stonington clinging to a 39-28 lead over Katahdin in girls Class D North semifinal action in Bangor.
3:33 left in Portland, Bulldogs lead the Bangor girls 47-33
Portland High School’s Davina Kabantu (right) fights for a rebound against Bangor High School’s Abbie Quinn during the Maine AA girls basketball semifinal game at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Thursday. [photo by Troy R. Bennett | BDN]
End of the third Deer Isle-Stonington leads Katahdin 35-26.
6:29 to play in Portland and the Bulldogs lead Bangor 45-30.
Portland is eight minutes away from a spot in the Class AA North final. Bulldogs lead Bangor 45-28
Boothbay up 34-22 after 3
— Joe Bailey (@joebaileysports) February 20, 2020
Katahdin calls a timeout after 6-0 run by the Mariners. Leaves Katahdin with just one timeout the rest of the way. 30-19 DIS leads with 4:24 to play in 3rd quarter.
2:34 to play in the third quarter, Portland girls in control 42-26 against Bangor
Mariner Brienna Limeburner gets her 4th foul at 6 minute mark. Fouls starting to mount for Deer Isle-Stonington. Mariners still lead though, 26-19.
Deer Isle-Stonington’s Katie Hutchinson picks up 4th foul at the start of the third quarter. Could be a factor in this game.
Amanda Kabantu is the engine for Portland and she’s doing it at both ends
Portland continues to dominate the rebounding, getting multiple shots on numerous possessions. That, and the Bulldogs’ overall quickness, has helped them build a 41-24 lead with 4:10 left in the third quarter
Girls Class D North semifinal: No. 2 Deer Isle-Stonington uses an 11-0 run to close out the first half on top 24-16 against No. 3 Katahdin.
Bangor has received six points from Maggie Cowperthwaite and five from Libby Fleming
Good balance for Portland, led by 10 points from Amanda Kabantu
Bangor High School’s Maggie Libby Fleming takes control of the ball under the hoop during the Maine AA girls basketball semifinal game against Portland High School at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Thursday. [photo byTroy R. Bennett | BDN]
Bangor had used a 7-0 spurt to grab a 19-14 lead 3:09 into the second quarter, but Portland pushed the tempo with an attacking transition game to get the Rams back on their heels
Portland ends the first half on a 15-0 run, giving the Bulldogs a 29-19 lead over the Rams through 16 minutes.
Portland High School’s Kiera Eubanks takes a shot during the Maine AA girls basketball semifinal game against Bangor High School at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Thursday. [photo by Troy R. Bennett | BDN]
Bangor High School’s Maggie Copperthwaite takes a shot during the Maine AA girls basketball semifinal game against Portland High School at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Thursday. [photo by Troy R. Bennett | BDN]
Boothbay on 7-0 run … up 23-10 with 4:30 2Q
— Mike Zhe (@MikeZhe603) February 20, 2020
End of first quarter: No. 3 Katahdin leads No. 2 Deer Isle -Stonington 9-8 in Class D semifinal. Dee Libby with 3-pointer for Cougars with 6 seconds left to end the quarter.
Libby Fleming’s close-range basket in the final second of the quarter gives Bangor a 12-10 lead over Portland
1:22 left in the first quarter, Bangor and Portland knotted up at 10-10
Portland takes a timeout with 4:25 left in the first quarter. Bangor and Portland tied 4-4
No. 2 Boothbay Region is playing No. 11 Traip Academy in Class C South girls semis
Want to watch the Bangor girls game but couldn’t make it to Portland? Here’s how you can tune in.
No. 3 Bangor beat Lewiston 50-31 in the quarterfinals while No. 2 Portland downed Edward Little 58-25
Coach Jay Kemble’s squad split its two regular-season meetings with the Bulldogs. Portland won the season opener 55-44 on Dec. 6 in Portland and Bangor took a 49-36 decision on Jan. 9 in Bangor.
The Bangor girls are warming up for their Class AA North semifinal game against Portland at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland
Girls Class D North semifinals: No. 3 Katahdin vs. No. 2 Deer Isle-Stonington girls coming up from the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Up next in the Girls D South semifinals: No. 1 Greenville (17-2) vs. No. 4 Seacoast Christian (12-6)
Rangeley shots misses. Valley has ball and 49-47 lead with 7 seconds left.
— Lee Horton (@_Lee_H) February 20, 2020
The first game of the day, No. 2 Rangeley (17-2) vs. No. 3 Valley (9-10) in the Class D South girls semifinals, is underway. Valley leads 12-11 with 6:05 left in the second quarter.