High school basketball

Windjammers, Lions forge split in Dec. 18 hardwood action

Camden Hills boys, Belfast girls defend home courts
By Staff | Dec 19, 2012
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Looking up at the ball are a host of players, including Belfast's Ryan Rice, Yanni Rakis, middle, and Stephen Paul, right, as well as Camden Hills' Chandler Crans (11) and Connor Graffam, during a Dec. 18 high school boys basketball game in Rockport. The host Windjammers won 70-48.

The Camden Hills and Belfast boys and girls basketball teams have proven, early in the 2012-13 campaign, to be among the region's stronger squads and the four squared off Tuesday night, Dec. 18 in a pair of competitive games featuring the Midcoast rivals.

And in the end, both home squads defended their respective courts and picked up early-season victories.

The Windjammer boys posted a 70-48 win over the Lions in Rockport, while the Lion girls knocked the 'Jammers from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 61-47 victory in Belfast.

The following is a recap of those contests:

Boys basketball

Camden Hills 70, Belfast 48

At Belfast Dec. 18, the Windjammers (3-1) thwarted many Lion comeback attempts throughout the game and pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 22-point win. Camden Hills led 16-7, 27-24 and 44-36 at the quarter breaks.

Chandler Crans netted 22 points for the 'Jammers, including sinking 14-of-15 from the foul line, while Jayson Kuhn tallied 17 points; Connor Hart, 14; Cooper Krause, five; Terron Bailey, three; John Hall and Connor Graffam, both two; and Alex Crans, Weston Bryant and Bill Bracher, all one.

For Belfast (2-2), Ryan Rice tallied 13 points, while Carl Dodge added 10; Stephen Paul, eight; Levi Lapham, three; Zach Collier and Kaleb Benjamin, both two; and Korey Doolan and Kenan Mahmic, both one.

The 'Jammers netted 28-of-36 (78 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Lions were 17-of-27 (63 percent).

Money from admissions, donations and other fundraising efforts during Tuesday's game at Camden Hills will go to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The school recently was devastated by deadly shootings.

Click for photos from the Belfast at Camden Hills boys varsity game.

Click for photos from the Belfast at Camden Hills boys jayvee game.

Girls basketball

Belfast 61, Camden Hills 47

At Belfast Dec. 18, the Lions (3-1) jumped to an early advantage on the visiting Windjammers (3-1) and held them at bay throughout the contest en route to their third win of the young season. Belfast led 14-7, 26-14 and 43-27 at the quarter breaks.

Lexi Nelligan had a terrific game for the Lions, dumping in 23 points, along with 12 rebounds, seven steals and two assists. Also chipping in were Courtney Drinkwater (10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals), McKenzie Thibodeau (8 points, 6 rebounds), Ashley Littlefield (8 points, 7 rebounds, assist), Katrina Lapham (4 points, rebound, 3 assists, 2 steals), Breann Cummings (2 points) and Mariah Sturgis (2 points).

For Camden Hills, Jordan Knowlton (20 points, 12 rebounds), Megan LeGage (12 points), Rachel Pease (4 points, 5 rebounds), Maddie Bowman (3 points, 3 steals) and Hannah Wincklhofer (4 points) keyed the offense.

The Lions were 13-of-27 (48 percent) from the foul line, while the 'Jammers were 20-of-30 (67 percent).

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