High school boys and girls basketball

In rare island-mainland school battles, Searsport sweeps Islesboro

Unbeaten, highly-ranked Viking girls play first game since Dec. 19
By Mark Haskell | Jan 08, 2014
Photo by: Mark Haskell Searsport's Kaitlyn Shute, left, looks to score against Islesboro's Eleanor Snyder during a Jan. 7 high school girls basketball game in Searsport. The unbeaten host Vikings won 49-10.

Searsport — Due to consistent inclement weather in recent weeks, high school basketball games have been few and far between for Searsport teams early in the season.

However, the Vikings showed little rust on the court Tuesday, Jan. 7 as SDHS hosted Islesboro, as both Viking squads picked up midseason wins.

The Searsport girls remained unbeaten with a 49-10 win, while the Searsport boys defeated the islanders 54-48.

Tuesday's contests marked the second game the Viking boys played since Dec. 18 and the first game the Viking girls played since Dec. 19 in a season that hampered with numerous postponements due to inclement weather or dangerous road conditions.

Click for photos from the boys game.

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Boys basketball

The Vikings led 18-9, 31-23 and 41-31 at the quarter breaks before the hosts held off a late Eagle rally to pick up their second win of the season.

Troy Reynolds netted 20 points to lead Searsport, while Jake Powell added 13; Barrett Grant and Bryce Shorey, eight; Isaiah Mentas, three; and Cody Parks, two.

Forest Boucher scored 21 points to key Islesboro, while Finn Conte added 12; Cameron Jack, 10; Jake Pelligrino, four; and Connor Grindle, one.

The Vikings were 8-of-12 (67 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 12-of-26 (46 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Searsport (2-4, 2.2917 points) is 10th and Islesboro (2-4, 2,3611 points) is ninth. Forest Hills of Jackman (8-0, 18.3356 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls basketball

The Vikings surged to an early lead and led 19-2, 26-7 and 43-8 at the quarter breaks as the outcome of the game was never in doubt for the unbeaten hosts.

Melinda Ogden and Briana Grant paced Searsport with 13 points apiece, while Alicen Brooks added seven; Kaitlyn Shute, six; and Libby Lane, Karigen Coffin, Anna Bucklin and Brianna Boyle, all two.

Krystal Randlett scored seven points for the islanders, while Callie Cook added three.

Searsport, which had not played a game in 20 days due to inclement weather, was 3-of-5 (60 percent) from the foul line and Islesboro 2-of-4 (50 percent).

Islesboro was held to one field goal in second half, which came midway through the fourth quarter on a layup by Randlett.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Searsport (5-0, 14.9691 points) is second, while Islesboro (4-2, 3.6111 points) is ninth. Forest Hills of Jackman (8-0, 17.9196 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.

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He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn and sons Beckett and Austin.

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