High school basketball

Mustang boys, Viking girls collect wins on opening night

Belfast squads, Mount View girls, Searsport boys fall short
By Staff | Dec 09, 2013

It was opening night for Waldo County high school basketball squads on the hardwood Friday, Dec. 6, with Belfast, Searsport and Mount View of Thorndike in action looking for their first wins.

The Mount View boys and the Searsport girls collected wins on opening night, with the Mustangs besting Erskine Academy of South China 45-43 in overtime and the Viking girls defeating Bucksport 52-43.

Also, the Mustang girls fell 58-53 to the Eagles, while the Viking boys lost 57-36 to the Golden Bucks.

Additionally, both Belfast squads fell to Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, with the boys losing 72-58 and the girls dropping a 61-19 decision.

Information for the Searsport girls was unavailable.

Coaches can report results to Courier Publications/VillageSoup by emailing game information or by sending photos, taken by a smartphone, of the home and away books, to sports@courierpublicationsllc.com. Results also can be reported by calling 594-4401, extension 116.

The following is a recap of reported results:

Boys basketball

Mount View 45, Erskine Academy 43 (OT)

At South China Dec. 6, the Mustangs and Eagles were tied at the end of regulation with the visitors outlasting the hosts in overtime. Erskine Academy led 8-7 after the first quarter, while Mount View led 23-15 at halftime and 29-24 after three quarters.

Brody Gibbs led Mount View with 15 points, while Nathan Wren and Jack Simpson each added 11; Emmett Shell, five; and Kyle Crowell, four.

Jared Gartley scored 13 points for Erskine Academy, while Matt Clary added 11; Tyler Bailey, six; and Trevor Browne, five.

The Mustangs were 13-of-30 (43 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 11-of-19 (58 percent).

Lincoln Academy 72, Belfast 58

At Newcastle Dec. 6, the Lions stayed competitive, but ultimately fell to the host Eagles in the season opener. Lincoln Academy led 23-16, 40-33 and 56-47 at the quarter breaks.

Zavier Roman netted 19 points for Belfast, while Korey Doolan added 13; Asa Lewis, nine; Eduardo DeSaPinto, five; Mike Reynolds, four; and Zach Collier, Zeke Ventura, Jordan Bickford and Rory Ambrose, all two.

For Lincoln Academy, Seward Matel pumped in 19 points, while Sawyer Pinkham and A.J. Oliver each added 12; Devin Scherer, 11; Cole Eugely, five; Cole Leeman, four; and Travis Creamer, Cody Tozier, Sam Genthner and Kobe Lincoln, all two.

The Lions were 4-of-8 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 13-of-19 (68 percent).

Bucksport 57, Searsport 36

At Bucksport Dec. 6, the Vikings were downed in their season opener by the host Golden Bucks. Searsport led 13-11 after the first quarter, while Bucksport led 28-16 at halftime and 47-22 after three quarters.

Troy Reynolds netted 15 points for the Vikings, while Jake Powell added eight; Eric Phillips, five; Barrett Grant and Bryce Shorey, both three; and Kyle Moore, two. Powell also had eight rebounds and four assists.

The Golden Bucks went on a 17-3 run in the second quarter to pull away.

Girls basketball

Searsport 53, Bucksport 42

At Searsport Dec. 6, the Vikings pulled away from the Golden Bucks in the second half to earn their first win of the year. Searsport led 9-8, 21-16 and 40-29 at the quarter breaks.

Briana Grant netted 17 points for the hosts, while Alicen Brooks added nine and Melinda Ogden seven.

For Bucksport, Bri Coombs scored 16 points, while Aino Sihvo added 11.

Erskine Academy 58, Mount View 53

At Thorndike Dec. 6, the Mustangs struggled from the foul line and ultimately, came up short against the Eagles in the teams' season opener. Mount View trailed early but rallied to make things interesting as they held the Eagles to three second-half field goals. The hosts trailed 35-18 at halftime and 43-35 after three quarters.

Brooke Tripp led the 'Stangs with 22 points, while Courtney Morse tallied 18 in the losing effort.

Both teams combined to take 70 free throws, with Mount View netting 14-of-34 attempts (41 percent).

Lincoln Academy 61, Belfast 19

At Belfast Dec. 6, the Lions could not overcome the potent Eagles' offense and were downed in convincing fashion.

Jen Genthner poured in a game-high 18 points for the winners, while Bre Wajer added 11; Leslie Sandefur, eight; Danielle Pierce, five; Barrett Campbell, Taylor Oliver and Sophie Schumacher, all four; Danielle Pinkham and Samantha Burke, both three; and Avae Traina, one.

For Belfast, Breann Cummings scored seven points, while Mariah Sturgis added six; Ashley Littlefield, three; Kennadee Baker, two; and Kelci Faulkingham, one.

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