With only six players in uniform, no one likely gave No. 6 Islesboro much of a chance against No. 3 Temple Academy of Waterville in the Class D South high school girls basketball quarterfinal playoff game on Saturday morning, Feb. 18 at the Augusta Civic Center.

But the Eagles, through the first 16 minutes of the contest, silenced doubters as not only did the undermanned islanders trail by only two points at halftime, but led for much of the first half against the Bereans.

However, the third quarter proved Islesboro’s undoing as the team’s five starters — who played nearly the entire 32-minute affair — understandably began to tire and were held without a field goal in the stanza as the higher seed wore them down and netted a 56-32 victory.

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In fact, due to injury and disqualification due to fouls, Islesboro ultimately finished the game with only four players on the court.

With the win, Temple Academy (12-7) advances to the semifinals, where it will face No. 2 Rangeley (16-2) or No. 7 Pine Tree Academy of Freeport (5-13).

The Eagles, who finished the campaign 4-10 and lost to Temple Academy 58-44 in the opponents' lone regular-season meeting, and Bereans were knotted 12-12 after the first quarter, while Temple Academy led 22-20 at halftime and pulled away with an 18-7 run in the third, as it held a 40-27 edge after three quarters.

Keisha Scott scored 18 points for the islanders, while Emily Lau added 10 and Ava Schlottman four. Erin Durkee, Sophia Lau and Rylee Sienkiewicz were the other three players for the Eagles.

Deleyni Carr tossed in 23 points for the Bereans, while Daphne Labbe added 10; Selam Heinrich, nine; Olivia Baker and Jaime Fougill, four; and Sarah Derosiers and Natalie Miller, two.

Islesboro finished 12-of-17 (71 percent) from the foul line, while Temple Academy was 8-of-9 (89 percent).

Scott scored the first four points of the game as Islesboro came out with a lot of energy in the first quarter, but Temple Academy eventually found its footing and rallied to tie the game when Labbe scored on an inbounds play at the opening-quarter horn to knot the score 12-12.

Defensively, the Eagles played disciplined in the first half as they did not commit their first foul until 4:43 to play in the stanza.

But, ultimately in the second half, the Eagles struggled to find their offensive rhythm as all seven of their third-quarter points came from the foul line.

Emily Lau scored a hoop in the paint with about two minutes to play in the first half to give Islesboro an 18-16 advantage, but Carr came back down and hit a 3-pointer to put Temple Academy ahead 19-18.

Scott gave the Eagles the lead back with a jumper from the foul line, but Carr netted another trey to put the higher seed in front 22-20.

Temple Academy did not surrender the lead again as its advantage swelled to double-digits midway through the third quarter.

Scott, who transferred to Islesboro this year from Shead High School, went down with an ankle injury with 2:50 to play in the game. Given the fact that Islesboro’s Sienkiewicz had fouled out minutes prior — which put an inured Sophia Lau in the game, sporting a knee brace — the islanders were forced to play the final minutes of the game with only four players.

With the game in hand, Temple Academy displayed tremendous sportsmanship as they pulled their starters off the floor and had their fifth player stand at midcourt as the two squads finished the contest 4-on-4.