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It didn't end the way the team wanted, but hopefully it's the start of another Black Bear run.
Maine lost to Texas 83-54 in round one of the NCAA DI Tournament. Texas came out strong and led the whole way. Though the scoreboard didn't look like they hoped at the end of it, the Black Bears gained as much as they lost.
This was the first time to the tournament for all players on the team, and every team member touched the floor. Calais' Maddy McVicar scored fove points in four minutes in the final quarter. To know what it feels like to play in a nationally televised tournament game is an invaluable experience, and one head coach Amy Vachon hopes will be motivating.
Of course the Black Bears were upset over the loss, who wouldn't be? But what I won't forget about this season is Van Buren's Parise Rossignol putting on a smile at the podium after the game and saying this: "I come from a school where I graduated with 24 other kids, so to be on this stage where my entire town can watch me on TV, it's pretty surreal. It's just amazing."
I hope young girls in Maine will read that and know they can achieve big things, no matter how small their hometowns are.
Black Bears, you have a young team and a lot to be proud of. I'm sure we'll see even bigger things from you next season.