After an exciting victory over eighth-seeded St. Dominic of Lewiston in the Western Class C preliminary playoff round last week, ninth-ranked Georges Valley was clearly hoping to ride some of that momentum into Monday night’s quarterfinal matchup with top-seeded Livermore Falls.

However, thoughts of extending their Cinderella season were not to be, as the Buccaneers quickly found out that scaling the Andies would clearly be no easy task.

Livermore Falls jumped to a quick 8-0 lead in the first quarter Monday and never looked back as the Andies secured a 61-47 victory over Georges Valley to advance to the regional semifinals.

According to Livermore Falls coach Travis Magnusson, it is the first time the Andies have won a regional quarterfinal playoff game in two decades.

The Andies (16-3) will now face No. 4 Hall-Dale of Farmingdale (12-7), which defeated No. 5 Wiscasset (12-7) in a quarterfinal playoff, in the semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 8:30 p.m. in Augusta.

The Bucs, who defeated St. Dominic (11-8) 66-61 in double-overtime in a prelim playoff game Feb. 10 to advance to Monday’s quarterfinal game, finished their season 10-10.

An interesting subplot to Monday’s game featured the two coaches, as Georges Valley coach Scott Johnson and Magnusson of Livermore Falls are heralded by many as the two most gifted three-sport athletes in the history of Georges Valley High School. Both played soccer, basketball and baseball for the Bucs and continue to be the school’s top two all-time schoolboy career hoop scorers.

In Monday’s playoff game, the Andies led 23-9 after the first quarter, 29-22 at halftime and 45-29 after three quarters.

Chandler White and Michael Armstrong each pumped in a game-high 20 points to lead Livermore Falls, as the tandem proved to be an unstoppable force for the Andies. With White’s ability to knock down jump shots and achieve dribble penetration, and his ability to draw the defense to him and then find the uncovered Armstrong underneath, it proved too much for the Bucs to overcome.

“They’re a fast team,” said Johnson. “After they broke us down they kept hitting the guy underneath and it was just layup after layup. But it was a good experience [for our young players]. They were obviously more up for it than we were, but the kids played hard and they have nothing to be ashamed of.”

Kyle Whittemore added nine points for the Andies; Derek Castonguay, seven; Thomas Ventrella and Daniel Brett, each two; and Willie Brown, one.

Ben Wallace netted 11 points to lead Georges Valley, while Dustin Lavoie added seven; Alec Young and Robbie Beverage, both six; Alex Grierson, Ketch Cowan and Dylan Maloney, all four; Dean Cline, three; and Logan Cross, two.

The Bucs made 12-of-18 free throws (67 percent), while the Andies converted 6-of-13.

The Andies quickly scored off the opening tap on a jumper from White and added another score from Castonguay, while Armstrong rattled off four quick points in the paint to give Livermore Falls an 8-0 lead with 6:10 remaining in the opening quarter. That prompted a Georges Valley timeout.

“They came out really fired up, especially at the beginning,” said Magnusson of his team. “I think we let up a little bit in the second and third quarters. Our energy levels weren’t really as high, but I think we did a really good job. That first quarter was the best first quarter we’ve played in quite a while, so I’m happy with that.”

The Andies eventually extended their lead to 15-1 at one point before Grierson connected on the first field goal of the game for Georges Valley.

“We were telling the kids after the game at 15-1 we could have just laid down and been blown out,” said Johnson. “We just didn’t make any shots. They’re pretty quick and we couldn’t really adjust to their quickness as well as we could. But they’re a good team.”

After falling behind, Georges Valley did not go quietly, however, as the Thomaston-based squad made a run in the second quarter and found itself down only seven points at intermission.

Wallace scored five straight points off a 3-pointer from the wing and a jumper from the baseline to cut the Buc deficit to 23-14. Later in the quarter the Bucs got another baseline jumper from Young, and a pair of tough hoops in the lane through traffic from Maloney and Cross. Wallace ended the half by putting a mid-range jumper off the window to account for the halftime score.

“I think Georges Valley did a very good job,” said Magnusson. “They made some tough shots, they defended well, and they forced us into some mistakes. And I think some of our guys that were coming off the bench were starting to get down on themselves, and that’s a credit to Georges Valley. They played really hard, and they did some things to really take us out of our game.”

“If we could have made a couple shots [earlier] maybe we could have weathered that [first Livermore Falls spurt], but we had to fight so hard to come back,” said Johnson. “And we probably just didn’t have the experience that we really needed to be able to put the pressure on them.”

Magnusson, who scored more than 2,000 points for the Bucs and is Georges Valley’s all-time leading scorer, said he was not thinking after Monday’s game about how he beat his alma mater in a playoff game, but about his team, the Andies, and how he helped them get a two-decade-old monkey off their backs.

“I didn’t even really think about it,” said Magnusson. “Most of these guys, it’s my third year with them, and it was all about them. This is their first win in 20 years in the playoffs. So my thoughts were with those guys and enjoying that moment with them.”

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Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.