The Brewer High School girls basketball team, which lost its first four games before winning 11 of its last 14, and the Old Town High School Coyotes had the second-best turnarounds from last season to this year among the 71 teams in Classes AA, A, B, C and D North.
Brewer and Old Town each won six more regular season games than they did a year ago.
The Witches of head coach Chris Horr went from 5-13 in Class A North to 11-7 this year which also saw them move up from eighth to fifth in the Heal Points standings.
The Class B Coyotes, coached by Heather Richards, won just one game in 2016-17, going 1-17, but rebounded to wind up 7-11 this season which was good for 12th place in the standings. However, only 11 teams qualify for the post-season from Class B North.
The team with the greatest turnaround was Gerald Corcoran’s Class AA Portland High School Bulldogs, who improved by nine games over last season.
The addition of Gemima Motema and Davina and Amanda Kabantu from the Democratic Republic of Congo has helped transform the Bulldogs from a 3-15 team to a 12-6 club that finished second in the Heal Points standings after finishing eighth or last in last year’s standings.
The only other team in AA that showed an improvement was Brody Artes’ Windham Eagles, a 9-9 team this season after going 5-13 a year ago.
In Class A, the only other teams that were at least two games better than a year ago were the top-seeded Hampden Academy Broncos and sixth seed Medomak Valley of Waldoboro. HA wound up 16-2, an improvement of five games, while the 11-7 Medomak Valley Panthers are four games better than 2016-17.
In Class B, there are eight teams that are at least two games superior to a year ago led by Old Town.
Caribou and Waterville have each been four games better; John Bapst of Bangor and Mount Desert Island are three games superior and Hermon, Maine Central Institue of Pittsfield and Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston have shown a two-game bump.
In Class C, no fewer than seven schools have shown an improvement of at least three games and Penquis Valley High School of Milo has been two games better than a year ago.
Aroostook County rivals Fort Fairfield and Hodgdon have each improved by five games; Narraguagus of Harrington and Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln have been four games better and Dexter, Central of Corinth and Penobscot Valley of Howland have each won three more than a year ago.
There are only three teams in Class D North with multiple-game improvements: Deer Isle-Stonington (plus-five), Woodland of Baileyville (4) and Katahdin of Staceyville (4).