Both Mount View High School basketball teams were in action Tuesday night against the Nokomis of Newport, contests that featured four teams going in separate directions in the Eastern Class B playoff race.

The Mount View boys (12-3, 84.2593 Heal Points), currently fourth in the 19-team region, are in the midst of a three-game winning streak and have won seven of their last eight games. The Mustangs have sprung into the middle of a heated playoff race.

The Nokomis girls (12-3, 80.4938 points) have been one of the top teams in the region all season and are seeded third.

While the Nokomis boys (1-14, 1.0802 points) currently are last in the latest installment of Heal Points, the Mount View girls (6-9, 28.6420 points) currently are 12th and on the outside of the playoffs looking in with only three games remaining.

The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs in Eastern Class B.

Realistically, the Mustang girls would need a big win at Winslow (13-2, 75.6481 points) on Tuesday, Feb. 2 for a chance to sneak into the postseason. The Black Raiders defeated the Mustangs at Thorndike 34-31 Dec. 15 in the squads only other meeting this season.

Tuesday night, both the Mount View boys and Nokomis girls continued their winning ways as they continued to surge toward the postseason.

Boys game

Mount View 67, Nokomis 59 … At Newport, the Mustangs held off the pesky Warriors and dug out of a first-quarter hole to secure an eight-point victory. Nokomis led 16-10 after the first quarter, while Mount View nabbed a 27-23 lead at halftime. The ‘Stangs extended their lead to 44-34 after three quarters.

Michael Cochrane led Mount View with 14 points, while Tim Alton and Erick Nealley both added nine; Zach Babin and Dylan Keller, both eight; Colby Blanchard, seven; Zach Mehuren, six; and Tyler Rednour, Alic Albright and Jason Hughes, all two.

Chris Braley led the Warriors with 32 points, while Jake Welch added 12; Ethan Pearl, seven; and John Adams, two.

Girls game

Nokomis 35, Mount View 25 … At Thorndike, the Mustangs could not overtake the point-worthy Warriors and fell by a 10-point margin.

Lauren Smith paced Mount View with 10 points, while Hayleigh Kein added six; and Channing Murphy and Anna Piotti, both four.

Mary Badeen netted 14 points for the Warriors, while Kara Batchelder added eight; Marissa Shaw, seven; Laura Lyford, four; and Julie Smith, two.

Both teams, ironically, shot 4-of-11 (36 percent) from the free-throw line.

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