High school basketball

Lions split doubleheader battle with host Shipbuilders

Belfast girls win, improve to 5-1; Lion boys fall to 3-3
By Staff | Dec 30, 2012

Bath — The Belfast boys and girls basketball teams hit the road Saturday, Dec. 29 for a doubleheader with Morse, with the Lion squads earning a split against the host Shipbuilders.

The Lion boys found themselves on the wrong end of a 55-47 decision against Morse, while the Lion girls won their fifth game of the campaign with a 52-41 victory over the Shipbuilders.

The following is a recap of both Lion contests:

Girls basketball

Belfast 52, Morse 41

At Bath Dec. 29, the Lions (5-1) tore down the Shipbuilders en route to their fifth win in six games.

Leading Belfast's offense were Katrina Lapham (20 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals), Lexi Nelligan (18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, blocked shot), Ashley Littlefield (5 points), Mariah Sturgis (4 points, 3 rebounds, steal), Courtney Drinkwater (2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, steal), McKenzie Thibodeau (2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists) and Breann Cummings (point, steal).

For Morse, Sadie Crosby netted 14 points, while Signe Ostergaard added 10; Emma Harrington, five; Jacelyn McNeill, four; Izzy Palmer, Hannah Rosetti and Leia Groves, all two; and Ruth Nadeen and Megan Nixon, both one.

The Lions were 18-of-31 (58 percent) from the foul line, while the Shipbuilders were 7-of-20 (35 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (4-1, 5.9568 points) is seventh, while Presque Isle (8-0, 24.6296 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs. The Lions' win over the Shipbuilders has not been added to the Heal Points.

Boys basketball

Morse 55, Belfast 47

At Bath Dec. 29, the Lions (3-3) stayed within arm's reach of the Shipbuilders all night, but the hosts defended their home court and came away with an eight-point victory. Morse led 17-13 after the first quarter, 24-20 at halftime and 33-29 after three quarters.

Yanni Rakis scored 12 points to lead the Lions, while Korey Doolan added nine; Ryan Rice and Kaleb Benjamin, both seven; Levi Lapham, six; Zach Collier, three; Carl Dodge, two; and Stephen Paul, one.

For Morse, Ethan Winglass netted 16 points, while D'Vaughn Myers added 11.

The Lions netted 21 free throws and the Shipbuilders 18.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (3-2, 4.3210 points) is 13th, while Oceanside of Rockland-Thomaston (6-1, 21.6049 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs. The Lions' loss to the Shipbuilders has not been added to the Heal Points.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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