Players to watch: Soph. F Tiana-Jo Carter, Lake Region (13.7 ppg, 18.9 rpg), Jr. F Kelsey Winslow, Lake Region (9.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg); Jr. F Emily Campbell, York; Sr. G Caroline Hamilton, Greely; Jr. G Kristen Anderson, Leavitt (27 ppg, 8 apg, 3.7 3’s pg), Sr. F Adrie Newton, Leavitt (21.6 ppg, 10 rpg); Sr. G Kathryn Ventrella, Spruce Mountain (14.7 ppg, 3.9 apg); Sr. G Alexi Deering (5.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.1 spg); Soph. F Alison Furness, Wells (11.7 ppg); Fr. F Maria Valente, Gray-New Gloucester, Jr. G Haylee Cote, Gray-New Gloucester; Sr. C Morgan Cahill, Yarmouth.
Favorites: Lake Region has had a stranglehold on the top spot in Western B for most of the season. Starting the year 13-0, the Lakers lost two of its last five but are still the favorites, averaging 50.7 points for and 34.4 against. The Lakers have size and experienced guard play.
Leavitt is the defending Class B champs and they’re almost as potent as last year. They boast two 1,000-point scorers in Anderson and Newton. That’s a rare feat for a team in one season. The Hornets averaged a whopping 73.8 points per game and 46.3 against. With that kind of scoring pop, Leavitt won’t be an easy team to eliminate.
Darkhorses: York, Greely and Spruce Mountain could all make their presense felt. The Wildcats lost to Leavitt in the regional final and allowed only 31.7 points per game. Coach Rick Clark will have his team in the thick of it. Greely beat Lake Region late in the year and have been to the regional final twice in the last three years. The Phoenix has the best defense in the field, averaging just 28.7 points. They’ll give any team they face a battle.
Fun facts: Lake Region coach Paul True is only the fourth coach in the Laker’s history. … Clark’s York teams have missed the playoffs just twice in his 30 years. … Greely’s wins were by an average of 12.8 points while its losses were by an average of 9.6. … Leavitt had one win by five points, 14 points was the next closest margin of victory. … Spruce Mountain finished the regular season with nine straight wins. … Wells has not won a quarterfinal since 2003. … Gray’s prelim win over Mountain Valley extended the Patriots streak to 11 straight quarterfinal appearanes and ended the Falcons streak of four straight. … Yarmouth, which was 1-17 last year, has not been to the quarterfinals since 2006 and not reached the semifinals since 2005.