The Mount View girls basketball team slowly, but surely, built a lead on host Belfast Thursday night and managed to keep the Lions at arm’s length the rest of the way en route to a 49-38 victory.

Both teams stand at 2-3 on the young season. Mount View (4.3210 points) is seventh and Belfast (2.7160 points) tied for 10th with Camden Hills and Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B.

On Thursday, the game started competitively with the teams tied 14-14 after the first eight minutes. Mount View led 24-20 at halftime and took control by outscoring the Lions 16-9 in the third quarter to lead 40-29 at the break.

Pacing the Mustangs were Chrissy Larrabee with 15 points; Hayleigh Kein, 13; Cheyenne Dyer 10; Anna Piotti, five; Channing Murphy, four; and Janelle Thornley, two.

For the Lions, Lexi Nelligan (15 points, 4 rebounds), Ashley Littlefield (6 points, 8 rebounds), Courtney Drinkwater (6 points), Makayla Cummings (4 points), Emily Blood (3 points), McKenzie Thibodeau (2 points) and Katrina Lapham (2 points) led the charge.

Mount View netted 11-of-21 free throws (52 percent) and Belfast 5-of-17 (29 percent).

“We played pretty good defense, but did not run [our] offense well,” said Belfast coach Amy Dyer-Kelley.

One of the most touching moments of the night came when, before the varsity game, all the players, coaches, officials and fans sang the national anthem.

Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.