Maine: An Encyclopedia

Basketball Girls

Girls Consecutive Wins ending in the year noted:

School No. Year
Camden 87 1954
Eliot 78 1962
Gorham 77 1981
Westbrook 76 1982
New Gloucester 76 1950
Sherman 75 1967


Girls Consecutive Championships

School No. Years
Westbrook 4 1978-1981
Gorham 4 1978-1981
Lawrence 4 1991-1994
McAuley 4 2011-2015

According to the Library named in her honor, former U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith played on the 1916 Skowhegan High School girls championship basketball team.

Year Class A Class B Class C Class D
1975 Gardiner Lake Region Hall-Dale East Grand
1976 Hampden Acad. Livermore Falls Freeport Allagash
1977 South Portland Van Buren Dist. Dirigo Allagash
1978 Westbrook Gorham Dirigo Greenville
1979 Westbrook Gorham Hodgdon East Grand
1980 Westbrook Gorham Hodgdon Buckfield
1981 Westbrook Gorham Cent. Aroostook John Bapst
1982 Bangor Lincoln Academy Cent. Aroostook East Grand
1983 Caribou Greely Central, E. Corinth East Grand
1984 Portland Greely Boothbay Rangeley
1985 Portland Houlton Washburn Greenville
1986 South Portland Houlton Hall-Dale Washburn
1987 Cony Messalonskee Schenck Deer Isle- Stonington
1988 Portland Houlton Schenck Washburn
1989 Cony Hermon Schenck Washburn
1990 Presque Isle Gorham Winthrop Buckfield
1991 Lawrence Houlton Mt. Abram Ashland
1992 Lawrence York Schenck So. Aroostook
1993 Lawrence Kennebunk Calais Rangeley
1994 Lawrence York Calais Jonesport-Beals
1995 Cony Marshwood Schenck Southern Aroostook
1996 Cony Orono Dirigo Jonesport-Beals
1997 Presque Isle Mt. Desert Calais Forest Hills
1998 Cony Orono Dirigo Wisdom
1999 Mt. Blue Gorham Calais Shead
2000 Mt. Blue Camden-Rockport Dirigo Jonesport-Beals
2001 Nokomis Mt. Desert Calais Woodland
2002 McAuley Mt. Desert Dirigo Woodland
2003 McAuley Mt. Desert Dirigo Waynflete
2004 Deering Greeley Dexter Rangeley
2005 Cony Winslow Dirigo Lee
2006 Sanford Presque Isle Dexter Woodland
2007 Cony Waterville Mt. Abram Lee
2008 Deering Waterville Lee Woodland
2009 Deering Waterville Jay Woodland
2010 Scarborough York Calais Fort Fairfield
2011 McAuley Leavitt Hall-Dale Washburn
2012 McAuley Presque-Isle Central, E. Corinth Washburn
2013 McAuley Presque Isle Waynflete Washburn
2014 McAuley Lake Region Calais Washburn
2015 Lawrence Greely Houlton Washburn
2016 York Houlton Narraguagus Rangeley
2017 Messalonskee Gray-New Gloucester Monmouth Vinal Haven

Source: Maine Principals Association and news accounts.

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2 Responses to Basketball Girls

  1. Tom Goodspeed says:

    Question: when girls teams were allowed in the tournaments did they ever play 1/2 court games in tournament play.
    Thanks you have a great site!

    • Jim says:

      A great question for which I have yet to find an answer.
      However, it prompted a little research into Maine girl’s/women’s basketball history. Please add more!

      From the Women’s Hoops Blog at (accessed February 23, 2015):

      1897: Maine: Thornton Academy gym teacher Louise Leib and Thornton’s female students fervently take up the game, forming a TA Girls Basketball Association and playing interclass games until 1903, when they began playing teams from other schools.
      1902: Maine: Lois Warren, daughter of a paper mill manager, who’d attended Vassar College, returns home and organizes mill girls for games.
      1908: November 19: Maine: Aroostook State Normal School‘s [now the University of Maine at Presque Isle] first basketball game is played between the senior and freshman classes.
      1914: Maine: Thorton Academy girls win the State Basketball Championship title, finishing the season with a 9-1 record.
      1921: Maine: Ann McKechnie, coach of Deering High (Portland, ME) devises the block play (screening), and works with her tall players so they’ll excel (low-post play) as well as scouting elementary schools teams for upcoming talent. A player on Thorton Academy’s championship teams, coach McKechnie’s innovations help lead Deering High to almost a decade of state championships.

      From: Women’s Basketball – The University of Maine at (accessed February 23, 2015):

      March 12, 1921 – New Hampshire 15, Maine 13
      Following is a report by Coach James Baldwin of the first game ever played by a Maine women’s team….
      “This was the first varsity game in any sport ever played at the U. of M. by a girls’ team. There were three 10-minute periods. When time was up the score was 13-13. In the overtime play the first basket was scored by New Hampshire, thereby giving them the game. The game was well played and evenly contested by both teams. About 300 attended the game in Alumni Gymnasium. The referee was Miss Geneva Smith. Players for Maine were Capt. E. Weatherbee, M. E. Hodgdon, E. Ring, R. E. Hersey, A.
      Bean, H. M. Wessenger, E. Kritter, M. D. Chase, M. Morell, and T. J. Grover.”

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