Vinalhaven earns all-island sweep of IslesboroHamilton turns in monster 27-point, 18-rebound effort for Viking girls
Vinalhaven — With visiting Islesboro coming to town Saturday, Dec. 22, the Vinalhaven basketball teams hoped to defend their home court against the Eagles for their own reasons.
While the Viking girls hoped to remain among the top squads in Western Class D, the Viking boys were in search of their first win of the campaign.
Both home squads got their respective wishes as the Vikings earned a sweep of the Penobscot Bay-neighboring Eagles, with the Vinalhaven girls prevailing 48-40 and the Viking boys winning 58-33.
The following is a recap of both the girls and boys contests:
Vinalhaven 48, Islesboro 40
At Vinalhaven Dec. 22, the Vikings built a large cushion early and staved off the Eagles late to prevail by eight points. Vinalhaven led 17-2, 34-12 and 43-24 at the quarter breaks.
Ashley Hamilton had a monster game for the Vikings, tossing in 27 points and pulling down 18 rebounds, while adding an assist. Eliza Davidson added 11 points, five assists and steals for the winners.
Also contributing for Vinalhaven were Ellie Reidy (6 points, 7 rebounds), Taylor Littlefield (2 points), Bethany Candage (2 points, 4 rebounds, assist) and Ryann Warren (4 rebounds, assist, 5 steals).
Autumn Johnson netted 18 points for Islesboro, while Eleanor Sinclair added six and Ally Craig, four.
The Vikings were 2-of-7 (28 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Eagles were 6-of-13 (46 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven (3-3, 4.4136 points) is third, while Islesboro (3-4, 1.6667 points) is eighth. Forest Hills of Jackman (6-0, 7.0679 points) is first in the 13-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
Vinalhaven 58, Islesboro 33
At Vinalhaven Dec. 22, the Vikings put the game out of reach early for the visiting Eagles and prevailed by 25 points. Vinalhaven led 21-6, 30-12 and 47-18 at the quarter breaks.
Ben Beckman and Shane Carlsen each tossed in 13 points for the winners, while Scott James added 12; Hayden Jones, seven; Lewis Cray, five; Austin Christensen, four; and Caleb Dyer and Hunter Smith, both two.
For Islesboro, Forrest Boucher and Fin Conte each netted 12 points, while Will Schoope added seven and Eli Legere two.
The Vikings were 5-of-7 (71 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 11-of-19 (58 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven (1-5, 0.7716 points) is 11th, while Islesboro (1-6, 0.5556 points) is 12th. Arther R. Gould School of Portland (4-1, 7.9521 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
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