BANGOR – As halftime of Monday’s Class D quarterfinal between No. 1 Southern Aroostook girls basketball and No. 8 Ashland began, the SACS pep band flexed its fingers and readied its horns.
The band started playing Queen’s 1990 hit “Another One Bites the Dust,” a song that personifies what SACS has done to every opponent it’s played come tourney time.
Monday, another one bit the dust. The Ashland Hornets.
“Second half I felt a lot better got the jitters out and stuff like that I still get them even though it was my fourth year but it was good to get that out of the way,” SACS center Kacy Daggett said after SACS 77-22 win over Ashland in the Class D North quarterfinals.
Despite the dominant win, the butterflies were in full effect.
“I’d say we’re still experienced but we’re a little bit younger. We have a lot of new girls, eighth graders, freshman and three new starters so it’s new for them they got a lot of good minutes last year but it’s still different starting coming out strong,” Daggett said.
Daggett and future Husson Eagle, Makaelyn Porter, have gone from budding stars to household names. Now it’s their turn to groom the next generation.
“I’ve definitely liked being the leader of the team and like being the oldest and helping these younger girls because when I was an eighth grader or freshman I didn’t have that so it’s nice to be able to give them that,” Porter said.
With every bucket the Warriors are getting closer to their goal of a third straight state title and are further imprinting their legacy. Which one day, might be enshrined in the concourse of the Cross Center in the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame.
“It’s been amazing some of my greatest memories have came from being here and winning the gold balls and even just my teammates and bus rides and it’s been so much fun,” Porter said.