AUGUSTA — Despite committing 32 turnovers and being held without a field goal for the final 4:38 of the game, Old Orchard Beach found a way to hold on.

The No. 4 Seagulls made enough free throws down the stretch and played strong defense to take a 45-41 win over No. 5 Madison in a Class C South girls basketball game Tuesday at the Augusta Civic Center.

The Seagulls (11-8) will play Richmond (19-0) in the semifinals on Thursday.

The teams combined for 54 turnovers, with Madison giving up the ball 22 times.

“I think both teams play pretty aggressive, pressing, and under these circumstances it adds to it,” Old Orchard coach Dean Plante said of the sloppy play. “We knew it was going to be close. We played in the preseason. We have a pretty friendly rivalry going with Madison for years. They’re a class act.”

The Seagulls led by as many as eight points in the third quarter before the Bulldogs cut the deficit to one entering the fourth. Down 40-36 midway through the fourth, Madison tied the game on baseline jumpers from Sydney LeBlanc and Ashley Emery.

Down 42-40 with just under 40 seconds left, LeBlanc had a layup go in and out. In the final 30 seconds, Samantha Donnell made a free throw, and Bri Plante sank a pair of foul shots to ice the win for Old Orchard Beach.

Emily Greenlee paced the Seagulls with 15 points. Bri Plante scored eight of her 11 points in the second half, while Meghan LaPlante added 14 points for OOB.

“The girls found a way. Meghan LaPlante was big for us the first half, and I thought Bri Plante took over the second,” coach Plante said.

Madison coach Al Veneziano said the Bulldogs got what they expected from the Seagulls defensively, a tough 2-3 zone and some pressure. Madison just couldn’t make shots consistently.

“Tough defensive game and we didn’t seem to get the offense flowing. I thought we had some good shots, we just seemed to rough. That happens sometimes in a tournament game,” Veneziano said.

Coach Plante said a focus off OOB’s defensive attention was Madison senior Madeline Wood, who was held to four points, all on foul shots.

“You tell me that before the game, I tell you we win,” Plante said. “I thought we did a nice job of taking Wood out of her game. Our goal was to make other people score.”

Madison knew it had to limit the Seagulls’ perimeter chances, and it did, holding OOB to just three 3-pointers. It was the Seagulls’ inside game that wore down the Bulldogs.

“We knew we couldn’t give 3-point shots up. I was pretty happy with that. They can shoot the threes and they can bury you out there if that happens,” Veneziano said.

Sydney LeBlanc led Madison with 12 points, while Lauren Hay added nine.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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