The last time the Greenville High School girls won a state basketball championship, Jimmy Carter was the President, gas prices were around 65 cents per gallon and the No. 1 song that year was “‘Shadow Dancing’’ by Andy Gibbs.
It was 1978, when Greenville was a Class D North team that beat South champ Buckfield 51-29 in the state final.
The Class D South Lakers (19-2) look to snap 21-0 Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook’s two-year reign as state champion in a 1 p.m. Saturday game at the Augusta Civic Center.
It is a rematch of the 2019 final won by Southern Aroostook 55-30. In that game, the Warriors rattled off a 14-0 run in the first quarter and never looked back.
Greenville returns its starting five and added another senior, while Southern Aroostook returned three of its top six players.
Those Warriors’ returnees, junior center Kacy Daggett, senior guard-forward Makaelyn Porter and freshman guard Maddie Russell, were named to the Class D North all-tourney team, and Porter was chosen the Most Valuable Player for the third straight year.
Greenville will benefit from playing a much tougher regular-season schedule and from its familiarity with the Augusta Civic Center, where the Class D South tournament is held.
But the Lakers have had a lot of sickness, and Southern Aroostook’s swarming defense could take a toll on them.
Senior Halle Pelletier, Greenville’s leading scorer and rebounder, will be locked in an intriguing post battle with Daggett.