Vikings settle for split with Mariners in Jan. 27 battlesSearsport girls eye automatic berth in Western Class D tourney
Searsport — With the regular season winding down, the Searsport girls and boys basketball teams are heading in different directions.
The squads hosted a doubleheader on Monday, Jan. 27 with Deer Isle-Stonington and while the Viking girls appear to be soaring toward the top of the Western Class D region, the Viking boys have fallen out of playoff contention.
The Searsport girls came away with a 59-45 win, while the Vikings boys were downed 73-56 in Monday's game with the visiting Mariners.
The following is a recap of both contests:
Searsport 59, Deer Isle-Stonington 45
At Searsport Jan. 27, the Vikings outscored the Mariners throughout the first three quarters and pulled away with a 14-point win. Searsport led 14-9, 28-15 and 44-28 at the quarter breaks.
Briana Grant netted 19 points to pace the winners, while Melinda Ogden added 10; Alicen Brooks, nine; Anna Bucklin, four; Kelli Gibbs and Brittany Ward, three; Allison Walker, Libby Lane, Karigen Coffin and Chelsea Gibbs, two.
Ally Eaton scored 16 points for the Mariners, while Morgan Shepard added 14; Holli Bryce, six; and Ashley Haskell, Logan Eaton, Madison Frazier and Whitney Brown, two.
Searsport netted 12-of-16 (75 percent) foul shots, while Deer Isle-Stonington netted 21-of-26 (81 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Searsport (12-3, 55.9414 points) is second, while Forest Hills of Jackman (16-0, 74.8970 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Deer Isle-Stonington 73, Searsport 56
At Searsport Jan. 27, the Mariners distanced themselves from the Vikings in the second half and sailed to victory. The two teams were tied 15-15 after the first quarter, while the visitors led 30-23 at the half and 48-38 after three quarters.
Troy Reynolds scored 21 points for the Vikings, while Barrett Grant added 13; Bryce Shorey, eight; Jake Powell, seven; Eric Phillips, four; Brayden Perkins, two; and Jay Burkard, one.
Stuart Bray scored 19 points for the Mariners, while Lucas Oliver and Jared Gove added 14; Kris Melanio and Patrick Dudley, nine; and Ethan Shepard and Jordan Eaton, four.
The hosts were 12-of-19 (63 percent) from the foul line and the visitors 26-of-35 (74 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Searsport (3-12, 6.3194 points) is 13th, while Forest Hills of Jackman (15-1, 60.1888 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.