The field has been cut nearly in half for both boys and girls after the Busline League small school division basketball playoffs tipped off Monday with quarterfinal action.

In first round boys games Monday, No. 1 Nobleboro defeated No. 8 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, No. 2 Thomaston Grammar School bested No. 7 St. George, No. 3 Woolwich beat No. 6 Bristol (in a game played Saturday) and No. 4 Jefferson defeated No. 5 Searsport. Eighth-seeded Great Salt Bay defeated No. 9 Richmond in a play-in game Saturday.

For the semifinals, No. 4 Jefferson will travel to No. 1 Nobleboro on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 3:45 p.m., while No. 3 Woolwich will travel to No. 2 TGS on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 3:45 p.m.

In girls quarterfinal action, No. 1 Great Salt Bay defeated No. 8 Nobleboro, No. 2 Woolwich beat No. 7 Jefferson and No. 3 St. George defeated No. 6 Thomaston Grammar School. The quarterfinal game between No. 4 Searsport and No. 5 Richmond will be Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. at Searsport District Middle School.

For the semifinals, No. 3 St. George will travel to No. 2 Woolwich on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 3:45 p.m. at Bath Middle School. The winner between the No. 4 Vikings and No. 5 Bobcats will face the top-seeded Cougars either Wednesday or Thursday.

The winners of the upcoming semifinal rounds will face off Saturday, Feb. 12 in the Busline League championships at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. The girls championship game will tip off at 1 p.m. and the boys at approximately 2:45 p.m.

The following is a recap of locally reported playoff results.

Boys

At Thomaston, No. 2 Thomaston Grammar School bested No. 7 St. George and moved on to the next round with a 64-35 win. The Clippers led 18-5, 42-19 and 56-27 at the quarter breaks.

Justin Robinson paced the Clippers with 22 points, 10 rebounds and two steals, while other contributors included Jimmy Strong (12 points, 2 assists, 2 steals), Walker Ranney (11 points, 10 rebounds), Austin Davis (6 points, 6 rebounds), Eli Thorbjornson (4 points, steal), R.J. Hall (4 points, rebound, 2 steals), Travis Frye (3 points) and Nick Davis (2 points, 2 rebounds, steal).

For the Dragons, Phillip Atwood finished with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists, while also breaking into the scoring column were Jesse Hallock (8 points, 4 rebounds, assist), Cadden Lavoie (4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), A.J. Benner (4 points, 2 rebounds), Eben Wight (3 points, rebound), Josh Clough (2 points, rebound, assist) and Kyle Waters (2 points).

TGS shot 26-of-66 (39 percent) from the field, while shooting 1-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc. The Clippers completed 69 percent (9-of-13) of their foul shots, pulled down 31 rebounds and totaled 15 steals. St. George shot 16-of-59 (27 percent) from the floor and 3-of-11 (27 percent) from the free-throw line, while hauling in 23 rebounds and making six steals.

Girls

At St. George, the No. 3 Dragons moved on to the next round of the playoffs with a 48-25 win over No. 6 Thomaston Grammar School. St. George led 11-4, 18-11 38-15 at the quarter breaks.

Lily Vachon poured in 20 points for St. George, while Alexis Davis added nine; Bailee Cox, eight; Paige Tyler, seven; and Megan Wilson and Caitlin Banda, each two.

For TGS, Alayna Joyce tossed in 12 points, while Caitlin Raye and Cheyenne Robinson each added four; Macy Boutot and Sydney Brooks, both two; and Rachel Robinson, one.

The Dragons were 5-of-20 (25 percent) from the foul line, while the Clippers were 4-of-13 (31 percent).

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