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SDHS court athletes split doubleheader with Stearns

Viking girls enjoy 3-0 start, Viking boys keep shooting for first win
By Ken Waltz | Dec 16, 2013
Photo by: Ken Waltz Searsport's Melinda Ogden (52) is on the move against a slew of Stearns Minutemen, including, from left, Abby Russell (24), Mackenzie Carter, Jessica Girsa (22) and Emma Alley, during a Dec. 13 high school basketball doubleheader in Searsport.

Searsport — The Searsport District High School girls and boys basketball teams are off to completely different starts to the new season, as the Viking girls have soared to an impressive 3-0 record, while the Viking boys have played competitively but continue to search for win number one after an 0-3 start.

The Vikings hosted Stearns of Millinocket on Friday night, Dec. 13 in a varsity hoop doubleheader, with the SDHS girls securing a 51-35 win, while the Viking boys lost 77-54 to the Minutemen.

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The following are recaps of both games.

Girls basketball

The Vikings continued to click on all cylinders as they received contributions from many players to secure another solid victory. Albeit early in the season, Searsport was ranked first in a recent version of the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D.

On Saturday, Searsport started fast and held a 15-10 edge after one quarter, 23-12 advantage at halftime and 30-22 after three stanzas. The Vikings put the game out of reach by outscoring the Minutemen 21-6 over the final eight minutes.

Leading the Vikings were Briana Grant with 22 points and Melinda Ogden 12. Brittany Ward added six points, Alicen Brooks five, Kelli Gibbs four and Kaitlyn Shute two. Searsport made 15-of-18 free throws (83 percent), keyed by Grant's 10-of-12 effort (83 percent). Ogden drilled two 3-pointers.

Grant tallied 13 points in the second half.

For Stearns, Raychel Alley scored 18 points; Jessica Girsa, eight; Emma Alley, four; and Abby Russell, Shelby Pelkey and Mackenzie Carter, all two. The Minutemen netted 4-of-13 free throws (31 percent).

Boys basketball

The game was close at the start, with Stearns leading 15-14 after one quarter, but the Minutemen slowly pulled away and led 36-26 at halftime and 63-38 after three stanzas. Stearns outscored Searsport 48-24 during the middle quarters.

Keying the Vikings was Jake Powell with an impressive 27-point performance, including 11 in the first quarter and 14 in the second half. Troy Reynolds added nine points, Barrett Grant seven, Bryce Shorey six and Eric Phillips five for the hosts. SDHS made 4-of-6 free throws (67 percent).

For Stearns, Mark Morneault tallied 26 points; Seth Brown, 23; Ryan Hallett, 15; Zach Hartley, seven; and Devin Whitney and Josh Rosebush, both two.

The Minutemen pulled away from the Vikings via the 3-point shot, as the visitors made 10 treys, including three apiece from Hallett and Morneault. Stearns netted 5-of-8 fouls shots (63 percent).

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