With the Western Class C playoffs fast approaching, the Georges Valley girls basketball team hopes it can find a way to sneak into the postseason.

The Buccaneers (7-9, 26.0802 Heal Points) currently are 10th in the Western Class C playoff hunt, with Madison (12-4, 82.7160 points) sitting atop the 18-team region. The top nine teams qualify for postseason play.

After dropping a tough 37-35 decision at Jay Thursday night, a win that would have catapulted them into the midst of the playoff hunt, the Bucs will need to pick up a win over point-worthy Lisbon of Lisbon Falls on Wednesday, Feb. 3 for a chance to advance to the postseason. The Greyhounds (13-3, 66.9753 points), which beat the Bucs 52-51 at Thomaston Jan. 7, currently are sixth in Western Class B.

On Thursday, the Bucs led for most of the contest against the host Tigers, but let the lead slip away in the final minute, according to coach Dwight Henry.

A Jay field goal with less than a minute remaining put the hosts up 36-35. The Bus had a chance to inbound on their side of the court with roughly 13 seconds remaining, but the visitors turned the ball back over to the Tigers.

Georges Valley quickly fouled and, after Jay’s Alexis Blodgett made the front end of the two-shot free-throw situation and missed the second, the Bucs could not get off a final shot and fell by a two-point margin.

The Bucs led 11-8 after the first quarter, while the Tigers rallied to tie the game 19-19 at halftime. Georges Valley took a 31-30 lead after three quarters and led by as many as eight points at times heading into the fourth stanza.

Kennadi Grover paced Georges Valley with 15 points, while Jill Bradbury added eight points and 12 rebounds. Colleen Haskell added six points, while Rachel Frye, Taylor Mazurek and Bethany Snow all added two.

Alexi Deering netted eight points for Jay, while Blodgett added six; Kelsea Beisaw and Mallory Bonnevie, both five; Beth Moore and Hillary Deane, each four; Brittany DiPompo, three; and Alannah White, two.

The Bucs were 3-of-9 (33 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 7-of-17 (41 percent).

Monday night, Georges Valley cemented its seventh win of the season with a 50-31 victory over host Boothbay Region. The Bucs led 14-6 after the first quarter, 29-14 at halftime and 44-25 after three quarters.

Grover netted 21 points to lead the Bucs, while Bradbury added nine; Frye and Holly Ames-Allan, both five; Katlyn Rich, four; Haskell, three; Tamra Wallace, two; and Mazurek, one.

Alexandra Andrews netted eight points for the Seahakws, while Meryl Jones added five; and A. Wilcox, A. Clark and M. Smith, all four.

Georges Valley netted 16-of-27 free throws (59 percent), while Boothbay Region was 1-of-4 (25 percent).

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