While there certainly have been ups and downs for the relatively young Belfast girls basketball squad this season, Friday night proved loads of fun because the Lions secured their second victory of the year.

Host Belfast, under the guidance of first-year coach Amy Dyer-Kelley, held off Gardiner to win 34-33. It was the Lions’ second win of the season over a Tiger opponent, as BAHS also downed Rockland 50-42 earlier this year. However, Rockland remains winless and Gardiner has four victories, which makes Friday’s outcome more exciting for the Lions.

In the most recent Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, the Lions are ranked 16th (2-10, 4.8765 points), while Gardiner is 13th (4-8, 13.5185 points). Presque Isle (11-0, 61.4198 points) is first in the 19-team region.

While BAHS will need many more wins if it is to make a regional playoff push, Friday’s night’s victory was a positive start in that direction.

Caroline Carr made a layup with 1:41 remaining to give Belfast a 34-33 lead and the Lions held on to cement the win over the Tiger down the stretch. Carr added 10 points and 11 rebounds to key Belfast.

Jenna Moore, who netted two 3-pointers, paced Gardiner with 11 points.

The Lions jumped to a 13-4 first-quarter lead, but the Tigers rallied within 20-12 at halftime and 22-21 after three quarters. After being outscored by seven points in the opening eight minutes, Gardiner outscored Belfast 17-9 over the next 16 minutes and 29-21 over the final 24 minutes.

Also scoring for the Lions were Hayley Rae and Lexi Nelligan both with six points; Whitney Cross, five;  Katrina Lapham and Kelsey Woodbury, each three; and Makayla Cummings, one. Rae drilled two treys and Lapham one.

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