PORTLAND—They’re back.


The Lake Region girls’ basketball team made it two straight Western Class B championships and five in eight seasons Saturday afternoon at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

The top-ranked Lakers couldn’t do anything right early in the game and fell behind No. 2 York early, 4-0, but they proceeded to rattle off 14 straight points and held the Wildcats scoreless for over nine minutes to grab at 14-8 lead at halftime.

Behind the dominance of junior standout and Mike DiRenzo Award winner as the Player of the Regional Tournament, Tiana-Jo Carter, Lake Region (19-2) went on a big run in the third period to stretch the lead to 35-19 and down the stretch was never threatened as it rolled, 50-24, ending York’s season at 18-3.

Carter led the way with 14 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Lake Region, seeking its first state championship since 1975, will square off with reigning champion Presque Isle in the Class B state final Friday at 7 p.m., in Portland. The Wildcats edged the Lakers last year in Bangor, 49-47, the fifth straight time Lake Region fell in the state game.

York was paced by seven points from freshman Shannon Todd.