Mount View nets third win as turnovers plague young BelfastFour Lion starters foul out in fourth quarter for winless squad
Belfast — The Belfast girls basketball team certainly had its chances to pick up its first win of the season on Thursday night, Jan. 9 as the Lions welcomed Waldo County rival Mount View of Thorndike in a midseason showdown.
Despite the fact the Lions trailed the entire game and cut their deficit to five points in the late stages of the fourth quarter, turnovers and foul trouble caught up with the hosts as the Mustangs picked up the 38-30 victory, their third of the campaign.
Four Belfast starters — Ashley Littlefield, Breann Cummings, Anna Simmons and Kelci Faulkingham — fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter, while Mount View, which attempted 44 free throws in the game, netted 26 (59 percent), including 9-of-18 (50 percent) in the final stanza to pull away.
The Lions (0-8) committed 28 turnovers to 16 for the Mustangs (3-7). Belfast held a 42-36 edge in rebounds.
Dinah Bilodeau netted a game-high 13 points to lead Mount View, while Courtney Morse added 10; Ashlee Spaulding, eight; Meri Picard, Jenni Nadeau and Brooke Tripp, two; and Megan Elkins, one.
Mariah Sturgis paced the Lions with a 10-point effort, while Breann Cummings added seven; Ashley Littlefield, five; Maddy Littlefield, four; Anna Simmons, two; and Kaitlin Goslant and Kelci Faulkingham, both one.
Mount View led 11-4 after the first quarter, 23-13 at halftime and 29-21 after three quarters.
Free-throw shooting did not aid the hosts either as Belfast converted only 6-of-22 attempts (27 percent).
Mount View led by as many as 13 points in the second half and appeared to pull away in the third quarter before Cummings netted a trey to cut the Lion deficit to 28-18 with 2:19 remaining.
Cummings later hit a runner in the lane and a free throw from Sturgis cut the Belfast deficit to seven points, but Mount View weathered the storm and led by eight points heading into the fourth quarter despite only two field goals in the stanza.
With Belfast trailing 33-22 midway through the fourth stanza, Sturgis rattled off six straight points — a pair of free throws, an offensive putback and a fastbreak bucket off a steal — to help the Lions claw back into the game, as the hosts trailed 33-28 with 3:39 left.
However, the Lions could not complete the comeback as the Mustangs continued to keep the hosts at arm's-length throughout the final stanza.
All of Mount View's fourth-quarter points came from the charity stripe.
Dressing only 11 players, Belfast ended the game with only one substitute on the bench. Morse also fouled out of the game late for Mount View.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (2-7, 2.1605 points) is 17th, while Belfast (0-7, no points) is 19th (last). Presque Isle (11-0, 45.5247 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Thursday's game between the Lions and Mustangs had not been reported to the Heal Point site as of Jan. 9.
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