The defending state champions put the rest of Class C on notice that they will not give up their crown easily.

The top-seed George Stevens Academy Eagles started out their quarterfinal game with Woodland with a dunk and didn't look back, cruising to a 72-31 victory Tuesday night at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

It was a balanced scoring attack from GSA, with junior Max Mattson with 13 points, junior standout Taylor Schildroth with 12 points, Jarod Chase and Stefan Simmons each had 11 points. [FULL STORY]

The Dexter Tigers used patience and passing to frustrate the Lee Academy defense and leave the Cross Insurance Center with a quarterfinal win Tuesday night.

No. 5 Dexter (15-5) was deliberate on offense, moving the ball and looking for open shots while No. 4 Lee Academy (14-5) spent much of the game chasing the Tigers' front court around the perimeter.

After three quarters, Dexter built a 47-29 lead, before Lee started to chip away early in the fourth quarter, at one point cutting the lead to nine points on a few Tiger turnovers. But Dexter was able to regroup and seal the deal with free throws on the way to a 58-45 win. [FULL STORY]

It wasn't your typical match-up between a No.1 and No. 8 seed as top-seed Stearns took on defending state champions Narraguagus Tuesday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center.

In a back-and-forth battle, the Minutemen held off the Lady Knights 51-41 in their Class C quarterfinal match-up in Bangor.

"We never expected this to be easy," Stearns coach Michael Brown said after the game.

Stearns, of Millinocket, was led by junior Peighton Ingersoll with 23 points. Senior captain Emma Alley had 12 points. [FULL STORY]

Tigers Outpace Owls In Class C Quarterfinal In Bangor [GIRLS]

The Dexter Tigers earned a quarterfinal win Tuesday over the Madawaska Owls and a trip to the Class C North semifinals on Friday.

No stranger to tournament play, No. 5 Dexter (14-6) kept No. 4 Madawaska (17-2) on their heels throughout the game, which ended with a 50-26 score.

The Tigers were led by Megan Peach, who despite spending most of the first half on the bench, scored 19 points. Kayli Cunningham had 13 points.

The Owls played a tough game behind the effort of senior guard Desiree Belanger with 11 points.

Fort Fairfield was too much to handle for Piscataquis Pirates Tuesday morning, as the Tigers cruised to a quarterfinal win at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The No. 2 Tigers extended their lead in the second half, building to a 66-43 win over No. 7 Piscataquis and a trip to the semifinals on Friday.

Junior Isaac Cyr scored 19 points before fouling out with 4:41 in the fourth quarter. Senior Chris Giberson had 15 points. Point guard Ryan Palmer had 11 points. [FULL STORY]

Schenck Wolverines Wear Down Hodgdon On Way To Victory [BOYS]

Two seniors led Schenck to a quarterfinal win over Hodgdon in Tuesday morning’s first Class C North quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Justin Thompson and Chris King had 22 points and 19 points, respectively,for the No. 6 Wolverines on the way to a 65-46 win over the No. 3 Hawks and a trip to the semifinals.

Although Schenck (15-5) was the lower seed, the win over Hodgdon (12-7) wasn’t necessarily an upset as both teams had similar regular season records.

Schenck, of  Millinocket, controlled the game from early on, leading 16-11 after one quarter, 30-21 at the half and 46-34 after three quarters.[FULL STORY]

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

No. 6 Schenck 65 def. No 3 Hodgdon 46 [BOYS]
No. 2 Fort Fairfield 66 def. No. 7 Piscataquis 43 [BOYS]
No. 5 Dexter 50 def. No. 4 Madawaska 26 [GIRLS]
No. 1 Stearns 51 def. No. 8 Narraguagus 41 [GIRLS]
No. 5 Dexter 58 def. No. 4 Lee Academy 45 [BOYS]
No. 1 George Stevens 72  def. No. 8 Woodland 31 [BOYS]

Augusta Civic Center, Augusta

No. 5 Forest Hills 42 def. No. 4 Pine Tree Academy 31 [GIRLS]
No. 1 Rangeley 36 def. No. 8 Valley 24 [GIRLS]
No. 4 Old Orchard Beach 45 def. No. 5-Madison 41 [GIRLS]
No. 1 Richmond 39 def. No. 8 Gould Academy 22 [GIRLS]
No. 3 Deering 46 def.No. 2 Edward Little 40 [GIRLS]
No. 1 Oxford Hills 69 def. No. 5 Bangor 36 [GIRLS]
No. 2 Edward Little 55 def. No. 6-Windham 44 [BOYS]
No. 1 Portland 56 def. No. 5 Oxford Hills 36 [BOYS]

Portland Expo, Portland

No. 6 Lincoln Academy 60 def. No. 3 Mountain Valley 39 [GIRLS]
No. 7 Poland 37 def. No. 2 Wells 30 [GIRLS]
No. 5 Lake Region 45 def. No. 4 Yarmouth 30 [GIRLS]
No. 1 Gray-New Gloucester 57 def. No. 8 Freeport 24 [GIRLS]

Cross Insurance Arena, Portland

No. 2-South Portland 43  def. No. 3 Scarborough 27 [GIRLS]
No. 1 Gorham 53 def. No. 4 Maine Girls' Academy 23 [GIRLS]
No. 2 Thornton Academy 56 def. No. 6 Gorham 49 [BOYS]
No. 1 South Portland 78 def. No. 5 Scarborough 53 [BOYS]

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