Despite recent victory surge, Mustang boys to miss playoffsMount View girls fall to Gardiner in Feb. 5 court action
Thorndike — Too little, too late.
The Mount View boys basketball team is winner of three of its past four games on the heels of a 50-45 victory over visiting Gardiner Feb. 5, but the Mustangs are on the outside looking in on the Eastern Class B playoff picture and will miss the postseason for the third straight year.
The Mustangs began the season 1-12 and have recent victories over Nokomis of Newport, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and now the Tigers of Gardiner.
Although the Mustangs will not make the playoffs, they could potentially play spoiler to Waldo County-rival Belfast when the two teams meet in their regular-season finale on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Thorndike.
The Lions hold the 13th and final playoff spot, but could be knocked out of postseason consideration if the Mustangs win and Foxcroft Academy or Gardiner win their respective regular-season finales.
The Mount View girls also squared off with playoff-bound Gardiner Tuesday night, dropping a 62-19 decision in Gardiner.
The teams were tied 8-8 after the first eight minutes, while Mount View took a 23-19 lead at halftime and a 32-28 cushion after three quarters.
Steven Davis netted 20 points for Mount View, while Nathan Wren added 11; Kenny McGray, nine; Jack Simpson, eight; and Gavin Simpson, two.
For Gardiner, Jensen Orweiler scored nine points, while Seth McFarland added eight; Dennis Meehan, seven; Tyler Jamison and Josh McKelvey, both five; Trevor Austin and Logan Hallett, both four; and Brad Weston, three.
The Mustangs were 11-of-22 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 10-of-16 (62 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (4-13, 28.0864 points) is 18th, while Medomak Valley of Waldoboro (15-2, 125.3086 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
The Tigers roared to a large lead early and never looked back, leading 16-5, 35-10 and 52-15 at the quarter breaks.
Janelle Thornley scored eight points for Mount View, while Brooke Tripp added four; Courtney Morse, three; and Mary Picard and Morgan Clifford, both two.
For Gardiner, Kylee Granholm led the balanced Tiger attack with 10 points, while Taylor Banister added eight and Kelsey Moody, Kelly Macomber and Liz Kelly, all six.
The Mustangs did not attempt a free throw, while the Tigers were 9-of-19 (47 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (3-14, 5.4321 points) is 17th, while Presque Isle (17-0, 145.9877 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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