Brunswick’s MacKenzie Burrows goes up for a shot in traffic during Monday’s quarterfinal win over Falmouth.
Brunswick’s Charlotte MacMillan shoots a 3-pointer during the Dragons’ 74-25 win over Falmouth in Monday’s Class A South quarterfinals. MacMillan had a game-high 17 points.
(Ed. Note: Due to their timing, the indoor track, swimming and skiing state meets will be recapped in next week’s edition)
Another busy week is in the books. The basketball tournament has provided excitement, local wrestlers did well at states and the boys’ hockey playoffs are right around the corner.
Here’s a recap:
Brunswick’s girls’ basketball team, the defending Class A South champion, is the top seed this time around after an 18-0 regular season and Monday at the Portland Exposition Building, the Dragons rolled in their quarterfinal round game, beating ninth-ranked Falmouth, 74-25.
Brunswick raced to a 17-5 lead after one quarter and a 37-12 advantage at halftime and cruised from there behind 17 points from Charlotte MacMillan, 12 from Marley Groat and 11 from Sabrina Armstrong.
“The first game is always nervewracking,” said Armstrong. “We went out there and played calm and played our basketball. We don’t care who scores, we just feed the hot hand.”
“We want to win every game and we knew they wanted to win too,” MacMillan said. “We came out and played like every other game this season.”
“We hadn’t played in over a week,” added Brunswick coach Sam Farrell. “We wanted to come out and attack and play aggressive. We wanted to come out confident.”
Brunswick advanced to battle No. 4 York (11-8) in the semifinals Wednesday at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. The teams didn’t meet this year, but the Dragons beat the Wildcats in last year’s semifinals.
“We like the momentum,” Farrell said. “I’d play tomorrow if I could. The girls just get ready to play and they have so much fun together. York’s a great team. They can handle the ball and they play very deliberate. They don’t take bad shots. They’re smart.”
If the Dragons make it to the regional final again, they’ll play either second-ranked Greely (17-2) or No. 3 Marshwood (18-1) Friday in Portland.
The Class A state final is Thursday, March 1 in Portland.
Brunswick’s boys’ team, ranked seventh, took No. 2 Biddeford to the wire in its Class A South quarterfinal Saturday in Portland. The Dragons erased a late eight-point deficit to pull even, but the Tigers scored on a putback at the buzzer to end Brunswick’s season at 12-7. Colby Bucknam had 25 points in defeat.
In the Class A state wrestling meet Saturday in Sanford, Marshwood came in first with 117 points, Morse (32) placed 12th and Mt. Ararat (21) came in 17th.
Mt. Ararat’s Ben Laurence got to the final at 132 pounds, but lost, 5-0, to Skowhegan’s Samson Sirois.
Morse’s Sam Strozier lost in the 182 pound final, 9-3, to Oxford Hills’ Zuka Mabior. Teammate Isaiah Cogswell finished fourth at 152 pounds.
Both the Brunswick and Mt. Ararat/Morse/Lisbon boys’ hockey teams appear playoff-bound.
The Dragons were 8-9 and sixth in Class B South after wins at Gardiner (2-1) and Kennebunk (5-0) last week. Brunswick closed the regular season Thursday at Maranacook.
In Class A North, Mt. Ararat/Morse/Lisbon was 9-8 and holding on to the sixth and final playoff berth entering Wednesday’s finale at Edward Little. The squad won all three games last week, 3-1 over visiting Massabesic, 4-1 at Windham/Westbrook and 6-1 at home over Lawrence.