Middle school basketball

Busline League small school playoffs press on

Semifinals Jan. 23, championships set for Jan. 26 at CRMS
By Staff | Jan 18, 2013
Photo by: Bane Okholm With a colorful quilt hanging on the gymnasium wall behind, Hope and Lincolnville players, including Lynx Tora Decker-Griffith (25) and Hawk Kira Barley (43), vie for the ball during a Jan. 17 Busline League middle school small school girls basketball quarterfinal playoff game in Hope. The host Hawks beat the Lynx 45-36.

The Busline League middle school small school division boys and girls basketball playoffs keep plugging along, with the semifinal pairings all but set across two divisions.

As of Jan. 18, all quarterfinal playoff games, other than the Vinalhaven boys and girls contests (slated to be played that day), have been played.

On the girls side, No. 1 Woolwich, No. 2 Vinalhaven, No. 3 Bristol and No. 4 Hope have advanced, while on the boys side, No. 1 Vinalhaven, No. 2 Woolwich, No. 3 Nobleboro and No. 4 Appleton have moved on.

On the girls side in semifinal playoff games slated for Wednesday, Jan. 23, No. 1 Woolwich will host No. 4 Hope at 3:45 p.m., while No. 3 Bristol will travel to No. 2 Vinalhaven.

On the boys side in semifinal playoff games that same day, No. 3 Nobleboro will play at No. 2 Woolwich at 3:45 p.m., while No. 4 Appleton will be at No. 1 Vinalhaven.

The league championships will be played on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Camden-Rockport Middle School, with the girls game at noon and the boys at 2 p.m.

The following is a recap of reported results from quarterfinal playoff contests:

Girls

No. 4 Hope 45, No. 5 Lincolnville 36

At Hope Jan. 17, the Hawks soared past the Lynx in the second half and moved on to the semifinals with a nine-point win. Lincolnville led 11-8 after the first quarter, while Hope took a 18-16 lead at halftime and a 28-24 cushion after three quarters.

Kelsie Merrill scored 15 points for the Hawks, while Laticia Billings added 12; Kira Barley, 11; Kaitlyn Turnbull, five; and Nicole Brown, four.

For Lincolnville, Mya Wiley tallied 14 points, while Tora Decker-Griffith added six; Kendra Bergelin, five; Myia Hanson, three; and Brinley Harrison, Ayla Curit, Izzy Lang and Emily Morse, all two.

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No. 1 Woolwich 43, No. 8 Appleton 25

At Woolwich Jan. 17, the hosts emerged with an 18-point win and advanced to the next round in a battle of the Wildcats. Woolwich led 12-6 after the first quarter and 26-13 at halftime and outscored Appleton the rest of the way to earn the win.

Peyton Wiley netted 12 points for Appleton, while Gillian Lafleche and Maggie Maxwell each added four; Allison Glasier, three; and Jillian Thivierge, two.

Information for Woolwich was unavailable.

Boys

No. 4 Appleton 52, No. 5 Lincolnville 49

At Appleton Jan. 17, the Wildcats did just enough to stave off the visiting Lynx and moved on to the semifinals. Appleton led 18-12 after the first quarter and 31-25 at halftime, while holding a slim 39-37 advantage after three quarters.

Morgan Ford scored 20 points for AVS, while Jack Moody added 15; Owen Hilt, 11; Austin Egan, four; and Kabien Gardner, two.

For Lincolnville, Avery Grindle and Peyton Young each netted 15 points, while Nick Winter added seven; and Mike Kremin, Sam Novak and Morgan Mercier, all four.

The Wildcats were 5-of-16 (31 percent) from the foul line and the Lynx were 4-of-12 (33 percent).

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Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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