After losing the state Class B championship in overtime last year, the Camden Hills boys basketball squad returned this season with a chip on its shoulder and something to prove. And those two things can only mean trouble for Windjammer opponents.

It also helped that the Windjammers’ first opponent for the 2010-11 campaign, host Mount View, was the foe that handed Camden Hills its first of only three losses in 23 games last year.

Like the Windjammers needed any more motivation.

Camden Hills made it clear it meant business Friday night with a 77-43 season-opening victory over the Mustangs.

Camden Hills took a 24-7 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Windjammers secured a 49-19 halftime edge and led 65-29 at the end of the third stanza.

“That’s a very good team,” said Mustang coach Steve Caron of Camden Hills. “We are going to do better. We are a better basketball team than we showed, but Camden [Hills] is a tough opponent.”

Keegan Pieri led the ‘Jammers with 24 points and was 6-of-6 from the foul line. Tyler McFarland added 13 points and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Also Joel Gabriele tallied nine points; Adam Landwehr, Adam Carlsen and Taylor Hall, each seven; Kyle Olehnik, five; Nathan Catell, three; and Max Niles, two.

For Mount View, Bobby Porter netted 12 points; Colby Blanchard, seven; Ryan St. Clair and Erick Nealley, six each; Chris Montminy and Mitch Ryan, four each; and Justin Hodgeman and Andrew Gibbs, two each.

From the foul line, Camden Hills made 18-of-23 (78 percent) and Mount View 3-of-6 (5 percent).

Despite what the final scoreboard said, Camden Hills coach Jeff Hart, always striving for perfection, wanted more from his student-athletes.

“I know the score looks like it’s a blowout, but it didn’t feel that way to me; it felt like we struggled to find a flow all night,” Hart said. “You know, obviously we were able to put enough scores on the board tonight, but defensively I thought we gave up a lot of easy stuff for them and we have a lot of work to do.”

Hart said to his defensive sets require five players to be on the same page at all times. However, he always felt that on this night he only had four together at any one time. Overall, the veteran coach wanted the team’s flow to be better.

“We have got a lot of young guys we are fitting into the system and we’ve got a long way to go,” he said.

However, Hart said he was not worried and “I have no doubt we will do it, but it just takes a little time.”

Coach Caron said his team was in the adjacent boat. He said Mount View is a better team than it showed in Friday’s opener and the Mustangs eventually will shine.

“We have got a lot to do, a lot to work on,” Caron said. “Basketball is a game of fundamentals and we didn’t do too many fundamental things well, but it’ll come. It’s early in the season. We have to work on chemistry. We have to work on a lot of different things, but we are going to get there.”

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.