Southern Maine Community College’s men’s and women’s basketball season came to a close last weekend in New Hampshire at the Yankee Small College Conference tournament. The men, ranked eighth, almost upset No. 1 Eastern Maine CC, but dropped a heartbreaking 58-54 decision, despite Josh Mackie’s 14 points and 12 points and 15 rebounds from Anderson Santana. The Seawolves finished the year 12-18. The women, who got off to a tremendous start to the season before cooling off in the second half, wound up with the fifth seed and drew a peaking and dangerous fourth-ranked Central Maine CC squad in the quarterfinals. SMCC lost, 80-64, to the eventual tournament champions, despite Emily Bard’s 20 points and 13 points and 11 boards from Katelyn Benson, as the Seawolves finished the season 15-12.
Three SMCC basketball players were named to the Yankee Small College Conference team. Josh Mackie, who averaged 15.3 points per game in his senior season, was named all-conference for the second time. Mackie reached the 1,000-point mark for his career. On the women’s side, Katelyn Benson averaged 13.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals in her freshman year. Benson was joined by Marissa Welch, who finished with an average of 11.8 points and 10.2 boards per contest.
Girls’ lacrosse programs are now open for middle and high schoolers. There will also be Learn 2 Lax programs Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Full field high school action is also underway. FMI, mainepremierlax.com.