With victories against Bucksport, Central and Searsport in the last week of regular season play, the Eagles extended their winning streak to 15, ending regular season play in the #2 spot in the Heal Point Standings. Their only losses came in the first three games of the season.
The team heads to the Cross Center to face either #10 Bucksport or #7 Orono in the quarterfinals, depending on the outcome of their prelim game, on February 18, 11:05 a.m.
“I think it is a great seeding going in #2,” said Coach Dwayne Carter. “The Class C tournament is wide open this year with a deep field of good teams, each of which could beat anybody…Whoever is playing well has a shot at the championship. It is going to be an exciting tourney.”
In the Eagles last three games, strong defense and solid shooting kept the team victorious. Against Searsport, their final game on February 6, a 14-14 score at half-time, sophomore Jarrod Chase landed six 3-pointers to solidify the Eagles lead. The final score was 48-34.
Two days earlier, hosting #4 Central, the Eagles increased their lead each quarter—after a 12-7 margin at the end of the first, the final score was 60-36. Senior Kelsey Allen led the with 23 points, freshman Taylor Schildroth scored 14 points, while junior Nick Szwez grabbed 13 rebounds and eight points.
At 11th-ranked Bucksport on February 3, a shaky third quarter left the Eagles with a one-point, 43-42 lead before strong shooting and defense in the fourth won them the game. The final score was 61-46.
Focusing on the tournament, Carter said the team “will continue to play as a team and play strong defense” For offense, he’ll continue with what’s worked: “ pushing the ball up the court as much as possible to get transition baskets.”