Sometimes it all comes down to the last seconds of play.
That was the case when the George Stevens Academy varsity girls faced the eighth-ranked Mattanawcook team on February 10 in Lincoln. At stake was a trip to the Cross Center for the Class C tournament quarterfinals.
The ninth-ranked Eagles finished the first quarter with a three-point lead, slipped behind by three by the end of the first half and then pulled ahead 32-27 to open the fourth quarter.
With 52 seconds left and the score tied at 34, both teams traded shots to even it at 36 before Mattanawcook scored, rebounded a missed foul and scored again—all in the last 30 seconds to win 40-36.
Morgan Dauk led the Eagles with 20 points, with Megan Nowland, Alice Dillon, Hanna Gutow, Katrina Limeburner and Mazie Smallidge contributing a total of 16.
Practice time for the prelims was limited because of a heavy game schedule in the final week of the season, Coach Bill Case wrote in an email before the team left to face Mattanawcook. “I am so proud of the way they have performed without practice. [Co-captains] Alice Dillon and Megan Nowland are showing great leadership,” he said
The Class C Eagles’ ranking had slipped to #9 after three straight losses to finish the regular season, losing the home court advantage for the prelim game. They finish the season at 9-10.