Van Buren girls miss playoffs following loss to Madawaska

VAN BUREN, Maine — The Van Buren girls fell short of reaching the postseason following a 45-32 loss Thursday to the visiting Madawaska Owls.

The Crusaders came into the final regular season game with a mathematical chance to earn the final spot in the playoffs, but only if they won. Van Buren finished the season 4-14, while the Owls head into the postseason with a 12-6 record.

Hannah Nadeau scored 12 points to help lead the Owls to the victory. Tiffany Morrow paced Van Buren with a game-high 13 points, including two from beyond the arc.

The Owl’s jumped out to a 20-11 lead after one quarter and were up by 20 at halftime.

On the boy’s side, Tristan Cyr scored 18 points Thursday and freshman Robert Lausier scored 15 on five 3-pointers for the Owls who gained the 54-33 road victory against the Crusaders.

Cyr hit four 3-pointers en route to his game-high total. Teammate Lance Lavoie added 13 points.

Luc Perreault paced Van Buren with 16 points.

Neither team had the hot hand through the fist half, but the Owls entered the locker room with a 20-13 lead, before taking over in the second half.

The Madawaska boys finished 11-7 on the regular season and are headed to postseason play. Van Buren finished the regular season and the year at 3-15.

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