Saturday, March 8, 2014
A few local girls basketball teams are on the bubble for either making the playoffs or having to play in a preliminary round game. Here’s a look at their situations:
Winslow, Eastern B: The Black Raiders are in seventh place, and they have seven games remaining. Four of them are against teams in the bottom 5 in Eastern B. Another is against Mt. View, which is 5-7 but also faces some weaker teams down the stretch. That leaves two big games for Winslow: Tonight at Leavitt and Feb. 4 at Nokomis. A win against either the Hornets or the Warriors — and Winslow has beaten Nokomis three straight times over the last two seasons — and Winslow shouldn’t have to worry about a prelim game.
Gardiner, Eastern B: At 7-5, the Tigers are in 11th place, just over one Heal point behind Camden Hills for the final spot. Gardiner has an advantage in that the Tigers have played one fewer game than Camden. Beginning on Friday, Gardiner faces Medomak Valley, Oak Hill, Leavitt and Camden Hills in succession.
Mt. View, Eastern B: The Mustangs are 14th and need to move into the top 10. The big games are against Camden Hills, Nokomis and Winslow. Mt. View has not yet beaten a team with a winning record this season. Gardiner has faced those four teams before, and the Oak Hill and Camden games were decided by 10 points (a win and a loss for the Tigers), while Gardiner, like most teams, could not keep up with Medomak and Leavitt.
In Western C, four local teams are between 9th and 13th, and the top 10 teams will qualify. Carrabec would be in that group, but the Cobras recently lost by two points to both Dirigo (3rd in Western C) and Mtn. Valley (3rd in Western B). Four of Carrabec’s final five games are against good teams, so the Cobras still have a shot if they win out.
The four other local teams with spots still in doubt are Winthrop (ninth), Madison (10th), Mt. Abram (11th), and Monmouth (13th). Of the four, three have played 13 games and Mt. Abram has played 12. Obviously, for these teams, all the remaining games are big ones.
In Western D, Kents Hill is currently edging out Forest Hills for the No. 8 and final spot in Augusta. Right now, the difference is that Kents Hill defeated Forest Hills, 33-31 on Dec. 14. The playoff spot may come down to whether Forest Hills can win at Seacoast Christian in its final game of the season.
Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine