The Midcoast Youth Girls 5th-6th Basketball League championship game on Monday, Feb. 12 proved a barn-burner, to be sure, at the Flanagan Community Center as top-ranked Bragg’s Tree Farm hoped to remain unbeaten against No. 3 Cushing with the league title in the balance.

And, battling adversity down the stretch, that is exactly what played out as Bragg’s Tree Farm broke a 25-25 tie late in the game and held on to net a 31-26 win — and — the coveted league crown.

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Team members for Bragg’s Tree Care (10-0), coached by Matt Prindiville and Rick Thackeray, include Kirsten Jones, Bella Ward, Leah Jones, Tula Prindiville, Charlotte Delehey, Charlotte Thackeray, Angel Haynes and Tessa Byrnes.

Team members for Cushing (7-3), coached by Jason Geretz, include Caitlyn Lamb, Karmon Killeran, Grace Weber, Natalee Hitz, Eileen Young, Lily Stackpole, Sienna Geretz and Raven Pierce.

The game was tight throughout as the squads were tied 6-6 after the first quarter, while Bragg’s Tree Care led 16-12 at halftime and 20-18 after three quarters.

Leah Jones led the newly-crowned champs with nine points, while Kirsten Jones and Ward added eight; Haynes, four; and Delehey, two.

Lamb keyed Cushing with 14 points, while Weber added eight; Geretz, three; and Hitz, one.

Bragg’s Tree Care finished 9-of-18 (50 percent) from the foul line, while Cushing was 4-of-16 (25 percent).

Cushing rallied to tie the game 25-25 when Lamb hit a fadeaway jumper down on the block with three minutes to play, but Kirsten Jones put a runner off the window moments later to give Bragg’s Tree Care back the lead that it did not relinquish.

Ward and Kirsten Jones — two of Bragg Tree Care’s most seasoned players — fouled out in the game’s waning minutes, but the team’s core group of fifth-graders helped hold off Cushing in a game that went down to the wire.

The final regular-season standings were: Bragg’s Tree Care 7-0, Midcoast Family Dentistry 7-1, Cushing 5-2, Brooks Trap Mill 5-3, St. George 4-3, Camden Financial 2-5, Mid-Knight Auto 2-5, CLAWS 1-6 and Kenniston Machine 0-7.

The previous playoff results included: No. 8 CLAWS beat No. 9 Kenniston Machine, No. 1 Bragg’s Tree Care beat No. 8 CLAWS, No. 4 Brooks Trap Mill beat No. 5 St. George, No. 2 Midcoast Family Dentistry beat No. 7 Mid-Knight Auto, No. 3 Cushing beat No. 6 Camden Financial, No. 1 Bragg’s Tree Care beat No. 4 Brooks Trap Mill and No. 3 Cushing beat No. 2 Midcoast Family Dentistry.

Interestingly, on the sleeve of all league t-shirts was the following: "In memory of Tom Ford." Ford, a longtime youth coach in Hope, died last year.

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