Face YSCC rival CMCC
by The Beacon Sports Staff
As the Beacon has noted, the Yankee Small College Conference basketball tournament has returned to the Southern Maine Community College campus, and Saturday’s games were not to disappoint.
The day started at the Merry Manor Inn with numerous YSCC teams meeting for the yearly basketball awards banquet. Players and coaches were acknowledged for reaching the 1,ooo point plateau and for being named to the YSCC second and first team. Coaches were acknowledged for reaching winning milestones, as well as being named coach of the year.
For the SeaWolves, highlights from the banquet include: Amanda Brett and Anthony Lobor being named to the YSCC first team, and Tara Flanders and Ian Regan being named to the YSCC second team.
The day’s games opened when the Moose of the University of Maine-Augusta tipped off against Central Maine Community College. The SeaWolves would take to the floor in the second game of the women’s semi-finals against the University of Maine-Machias.
The Moose, who split the season series with the Mustangs of Central Maine, opened up the game looking to steal it in order to reach the finals. UMA grabbed an early lead during the opening quarter, however after 10-minutes of play CMCC held a 12-10 lead.
The Mustangs outscored the Moose in the second quarter (30-9) to take a commanding lead into the break (42-19), never to be challenged the remainder of the game. Central Maine would cruise to a 79-42 win, propelling them into the championship game.
The SeaWolves wouldn’t match the point spread CMCC obtained in the first game, however from the opening tip, the Wolves played with focus and energy. The University of Maine-Machias Clippers also earned a regular season series split with the SeaWolves, which set up what many expected to be a highly competitive game. The Wolves had previously lost to the Clippers in Machias in overtime (68-63) and won two weeks ago in South Portland (76-67).
Saturday’s match up would put UMA’s YSCC first team members Tate Dolley and Caitlyn Lyons, against SMCC’s YSCC first team member, Amanda Brett, and second team member, Tara Flanders.
Dolley (24pts) and Lyons (19pts) would light up the statistic line for 43 points, outscoring Brett (13pts) and Flanders (16pts) by 14.
The Wolves would work towards a five-point lead (18-13) after 10 minutes of play, as the All YSCC first and second team duos for both teams netted 11 points each.
The second quarter saw the Wolves outscore the Clippers 21-12, as Aija Andrews, Tara Flanders, and Bailey Whitney contributed four points apiece in the quarter.
The difference in the game would be SMCC’s ability to generate scoring from nine players while frustrating Tate Dolley defensively throughout the majority of the contest.
The Wolves out-rebounded the Clippers 58-35, grabbing 10 more offensive rebounds than Machias.
The SeaWolves’ win sent SMCC into Sunday’s Championship game against Central Maine Community College. CMCC has won the last six out of eight YSCC Championships. SMCC won the championship in 2010, 2008 and 2006.