Led by sophomore Jill Bradbury, who scored 16 points, including 12 in the pivotal first quarter, the Georges Valley girls basketball squad challenged visiting Monmouth Academy during Monday night’s home game for the Buccaneers.

The Bucs (8-9) took an early lead and, while the game was still close at halftime, won 50-34. Monmouth Academy slipped to 3-14.

The previous time the Bucs faced the Mustangs, Georges Valley also prevailed with a similar score — 50-36.

On Monday, Georges Valley 17-9, 25-18 and 41-26 at the quarter breaks.

Also scoring for the Bucs were Kennadi Grover with 12 points, followed by Holly Ames-Allan with nine; Rachel Frye, eight; Beth Snow and Colleen Haskell, both two; and Taylor Mazurek, one. Bradbury (11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), Grover (9 rebounds, 2 assists), Haskell (6 rebounds) and Ames-Allan (6 rebounds) were statistical leaders.

Kristine Kahl led the Mustangs with 12 points, followed by Melissa Brassard and Colby Wilson, both with seven; and Molly Menice and Coutney McFarren, both four.

The Bucs were 6-of-15 (40 percent) from the free-throw line and Monmouth Academy was 3-for-13 (23 percent).

The game started in the hosts’ favor as Georges Valley scored 17 points in the first quarter, 12 coming from Bradbury, who drilled two 3-pointers and three two-point shots. Georges Valley only managed eight points in the second stanza, thanks to Monmouth’s improved defense, and the teams were a bit closer at halftime, with Georges Valley leading 25-18.

However, the hosts returned in the third quarter to put themselves ahead by 15 points (41-26) for an advantage they would hold, and add to, until the victory was sealed.

Georges Valley currently is 10th (30.7099 points) in Western Class C, while Monmouth Academy is 16th (5.5556 points). Madison (13-4, 101.8519 points)) is first in the 18-team region.

At this point, the Bucs are on the outside looking in at the postseason picture. The top nine teams in the region qualify for the playoffs, with the No. 8 squad hosting the No. 9 team in a prelim game. At this point, Old Orchard Beach (10-7, 49.7408 points) is ninth — 19.0309 points ahead of the Bucs, with the regular season ending this week.

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VillageSoup Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.