Blue Hill—With three games left in the season, the Eagle varsity girls basketball team is locked into the playoffs, despite a 41-37 loss against Ellsworth on January 26. While a win over the Class B team would have netted GSA a jump in Heal points, the team is locked in for the playoffs.
The team is secure in the seventh spot in the Heal Point Standings after a 54-47 win over Bucksport with games against #18 Lee Academy, #17 Penquis and, in the Southern rankings, #8 Searsport left before the playoffs begin.
The team showed its defensive abilities in a 54-47 win against #14 Bucksport on January 22, a team that Eagles Coach Bill Case had predicted would play better than their ranking suggests.
After GSA held a 27-24 lead to close the first half, the team switched from a zone defense to man-to-man to open the second, and extended their lead to 37-29 going into the fourth. With 4:30 left on the clock, both teams had fouled into bonus time, slowing the game down while drawing fouls to finish 54-47.
Morgan Dauk and Mazie Smallidge led the Eagles with 15 points apiece, with Dauk catching eight rebounds and Smallidge 10, while guard Hanna Gutow chipped in nine points and seven rebounds.