BANGOR — The Mount View girls basketball team’s bid to upset another higher-seeded opponent on Saturday morning, Feb. 19 got off to a strong start, but, despite a solid all-around effort from the Mustangs, another upset was not in the cards for the Thorndike-based squad.

No. 12 Mount View battled No. 4 Presque Isle from start to finish, but the Wildcats had too much long-distance shooting accuracy and pulled away for a 45-30 Class B North quarterfinal playoff victory at the Cross Insurance Center.

Mount View’s Syd Vogel. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Wildcats from Aroostook County (14-6) advance to the semifinals, where they will face No. 1 Old Town (19-1) on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. at the CIC.

Mount View capped its season at 8-12, which included a 46-36 prelim playoff victory over No. 5 Waterville (12-5).

Mount View’s Kayleigh Dunton, top, and Presque Isle’s Anna Jandreau. Photo by Ken Waltz

Old Town also beat No. 8 Caribou (10-10) 68-39 in the quarterfinals and No. 17 John Bapst of Bangor (1-18) 52-31 in a prelim. Presque Isle also defeated another Waldo County foe, No. 13 Belfast (2-13), 68-22 in the prelims.

The Mustangs and Wildcats did not play each other during the regular season.

Mount View’s Kricket Thompson, right, and Hannah Coolen. Photo by Ken Waltz

In Saturday’s game, the Mustangs looked sharp early and led 9-2 after the first quarter, but Presque Isle — especially Faith Sjoberg — found their rhythm and hot hand from deep. Sjoberg proved unstoppable with her smooth-stroke from behind the arc, which resulted in 30 points and an eye-opening eight three-pointers.

Presque Isle led 22-15 at halftime and 41-21 after three stanzas.

Mount View’s Savannah Lorenz, right, along with Presque Isle’s Rossalyn Buck (44) and Mia Casavant. Photo by Ken Waltz

For the Mustangs, Hannah Coolen tallied 15 points, most on her patented hard-charges to the hoop. Ari Bradeen added eight point for Mount View, Kricket Thompson five and Kayleigh Dunton two. Mount View made 5-of-12 free throws (42 percent) and Coolen, who finished her amazing hoop career with more than 1,000 points, netted the lone trey.

For Presque Isle, Sjoberg tossed in her 30 points over the final three quarters, while Anna Jandreau added eight; Mia Casavant, Rossalyn Buck and Karlyn Gilmour, two; and Sadie LaPointe, one. The Wildcats tallied 5-of-8 free throws (63 percent) and Jandreau added two trifectas.

Mount View’s Brooke Dyer. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Mustangs looked sharp and in good shape as they took control in the first quarter and built a seven-point cushion after the first eight minutes. However, Sjoberg found her groove and essentially took over, as she scored 17 second-quarter points, 15 of which came on baskets from beyond the three-point arc.

Sjoberg continued to be a burr in the Mustangs’ saddle and sharp object in their horseshoes in the third with 11 more points, including three more trifectas. And the talented Wildcat had help as Jandreau netted two treys in the quarter to help the higher-seeded team take control of the postseason game.