Midcoast high school basketball teams from Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties saw court action Thursday night as regular-season Class B, C and D action heated up.

Medomak Valley earned wins over Maranacook of Readfield, with the unbeaten Panther girls securing a 48-38 decision and the Panther boys a 69-66 victory.

Also, the undefeated Camden Hills boys beat Waterville 65-35 and the Belfast girls secured a thrilling 35-34 comeback win over Lincoln Academy of Newcastle.

The Islesboro, Mount View and Rockland girls, along with the Rockland, Mount View, Georges Valley and Belfast boys all suffered losses.


Belfast 35, Lincoln Academy 34 … With 11 seconds remaining, Katrina Lapham iced two foul shots to thrust Belfast (3-4) ahead to stay en route to the comeback victory.

Lapham scored 12 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter before Belfast held the Eagles (2-6) off for the remaining time.

“We had a lot of players step up and contribute to this win. It was a team effort,” said Belfast coach Amy Dyer-Kelley. “It is nice to see the girls not give up even being down by 13 [points earlier in the game].”

Belfast led 8-7 in the first quarter, but by halftime trailed 17-13. At the end of the third stanza, the Eagles held a 32-19 advantage.

Also for Belfast, Lexi Nelligan netted seven points; Courtney Drinkwater and Kayla Carpenter, four each; Elizabeth Rauch, three; and Makayla Cummings, two. Nelligan also finished with six rebounds and seven steals; Carpenter, six rebounds; and Ashley Littlefield, five rebounds.

For Lincoln Academy, Laura Soohey dumped in 18 points, followed by Katherine Bolster and Anna Budrow with six each; and Marni Jones and Kelsey Schwarz, two each.

Belfast was hampered by early foul trouble, but recovered in the fourth quarter to outscore the Eagles 16-2.

Belfast (3-4, 5.9658 points) is 14th in Eastern Class B, while Medomak Valley (8-0, 25.4012 points) is first in the 19-team region.

Medomak Valley 48, Maranacook 38 … At Readfield, Ericka Christensen led the Panthers with 19 points as the visitors beat their hosts by 10 points. Medomak Valley (8-0) led 15-6 after the first quarter and 23-16 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter, the Panthers were up 40-29. The loss dropped the Black Bears to 3-5.

For the Panthers, Lindsay Ranquist also netted eight points, while Alanna Vose added seven; Nichole Weaver, five; Kasey Benner, four; Ashley Rackliff, three; and Vanessa Davis, two.

For Maranacook, Hannah Clough scored 12 points; Hanna Comler, 10; Jessie Smith, five; Brittany Guerette and Kristina Kelly, two each; and Katie Doulin, one.

Medomak Valley was 8-of-12 (67 percent) from the foul line, while Maranacook was 10-of-20 (50 percent).

Medomak Valley (8-0, 25.4012 points) remains first in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for 19-team Eastern Class B.

Pine Tree Academy 22, Islesboro 21 … At Islesboro, it could have been either team’s game as Pine Tree Academy (1-4) narrowly defeated Islesboro (1-5).

Islesboro led 8-4 after one quarter and trailed 12-10 at halftime. At the end of the third stanza, the hosts were behind 16-12.

Ally Craig and Mike McKinney keyed Islesboro with six points each, while Autumn Jackson added four; Lindsay Durkee and Ellie Snyder, two each; and Sierra Roy, one.

Gentille Sandy keyed Pine Tree with six points followed by Beckie McGuire and Annie Paige with four points each; and Hannah Koester and Becca Moore, two each.

Islesboro was 1-of-5 (20 percent) from the free-throw line, while Pine Tree Academy missed all three attempts.

Islesboro (1-5, 0.8681 of a point) is 14th in Western Class D, while Richmond (5-0, 11.1202 points) is first in the 15-team region.

Leavitt 72, Mount View 24 … At Thorndike, Leavitt of Turner (8-0) took an 11-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back as the Hornets stung the Mustangs (3-5).

Leavitt took the first quarter 19-8 and by halftime led 37-16. At the end of the third stanza, the Hornets held an insurmountable 55-19 advantage.

Chrissy Larrabee scored 11 points to pace the Mustangs and Haleigh Kein eight; Cheyenne Dyer, three; and LeeAnn Larrabee, two.

For Leavitt, Adrianna Newton scored 19 points, while Kristen Anderson and Courtney Anderson both netted 18 to key in the win. Also, Randall scored eight points; Jordan, five; and Pomerleau, four for the Hornets.

Mount View (3-5, 7.5617 points) is 12th in Eastern Class B, while Medomak Valley (8-0, 25.4012 points) is first in the 19-team region.

Nokomis 67, Rockland 21 … At Rockland, the Warriors of Newport (7-1) slowly pulled away as Traci Carlson scored 13 points to lead Nokomis in its win over the undermanned Tigers (0-8).

Brooke Dugan led the Tigers with nine points, three steals and an assist; while Emma Spencer (6 points, 2 rebounds), Casey Carroll (2 points, rebound), Phoebe Ferraiolo (2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, assist, blocked shot), Hannah Lacasse (3 rebounds, 2 steals) and Emma Davis (4 rebounds) contributed.

Kelsie Richards and Anna McKenzie both had 10 points for Nokomis, while Marissa Shaw, Emilee Reynolds and Danielle Watson added six each for the guests.

Rockland (0-8, no points) is 18th in Eastern Class B, while Medomak Valley (8-0, 25.4012 points) is first in the 19-team region.


Medomak Valley 69, Maranacook 66 … At Waldoboro, John Murray netted 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the Panthers defend their home court as the hosts edged the Black Bears (2-5).

The Panthers (5-3) led 21-14 at the end of the first quarter, 39-33 at halftime and 56-52 at the conclusion of the third stanza.

Isaac Durkee and Alex Greenrose each scored 16 points for the Panthers, while Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet added six; Isaac Greenrose, five; Ryan Ripley, three; and Shane Osier, two.

For Maranacook, Kennedy scored 17 points; Boucher, 16; Miller, 10; Lanphear, seven; Pelletier and Lachance, four each; Ballard, three; and Banda two.

Medomak Valley (5-3, 11.8827 points) is eighth in Eastern Class B, while Camden Hills (8-0, 25.9259 points) is first in the 19-team region.

Camden Hills 65, Waterville 35 … At Waterville, Camden Hills (8-0) was not a forgiving guest, as Joel Gabriele poured in 23 points to lead the ‘Jammers to a 30-point win over the Purple Panthers (1-6). Gabriele also finished with five rebounds, six steals and an assist.

Camden Hills led 13-5 after the first quarter, 34-11 after two and 50-21 at the end of three stanzas.

Tyler McFarland chipped in 17 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and an assist for the ‘Jammers, while Adam Landwehr (6 points, 4 rebounds, assist), Taylor Hall (6 points), Nathan Catell (5 points), Connor Hart (4 points), Caleb McFarland (2 points) and Adam Carlsen (2 points) also contributed.

For Waterville, Max Brown netted 16 points; Darin Bailey and J.P. Michaud, five each; Brandon Braley, four; Michael Bailey and Ryan Veilleux, two each; and Chris Hale, one.

Camden Hills made 9-of-12 free throws (75 percent).

Camden Hills (8-0, 25.9259 points) is first in the 19-team Eastern Class B region.

Nokomis 64, Rockland 49 … At Newport, the Tigers (1-7) battled hard and proved competitive, but fell to their hosts as Chris Braley scored 28 points for the Warriors (5-3).

Nokomis took a 13-12 lead in the first quarter and held a 30-26 halftime cushion. The game was close midway through the fourth quarter.

Ryan Ecker scored 17 points and went 11-of-14 from the free-throw line to give the Tigers a boost. Hunter Grindle and Seth Batty scored 10 points each for Rockland, while Sam Meklin and Derek Miller added three each; and Isaiah Stone-Patterson, Bronson Philbrick, and Ben Staples, two each.

Also for Nokomis, Ethan Pearle scored 12 points; Chambers and Wing, six each; Hartsgrove, five; Libby, three; and Chipman and Adams, two each.

Rockland (1-7, 1.0802 points) is 19th in Eastern Class B, while Camden Hills (8-0, 25.9259 points) is first in the 19-team region.

Monmouth Academy 57, Georges Valley 47 … At Thomaston, despite Alex Wallace’s 17-point performance and 17 points and five rebounds from Drew Townsend to pace the hosts, the Buccaneers (1-7) lost by 10 points. The win lifted Monmouth Academy to 6-2.

Also for the Buccaneers, Ben Wallace finished with six points, seven rebounds and three assists; Nick Judge, five points; Dylan Maloney, four points, nine rebounds and five steals; and Cy McGeady, two points.

Georges Valley shot 5-of-13 (38 percent) from the line and Monmouth Academy 12-of-23 (52 percent).

Georges Valley (1-7, 2.9321 points) is 14th in Western Class C, while Dirigo of Dixfield (7-1, 20.4630 points) is first in the 20-team region.

Lincoln Academy 47, Belfast 26 … At Belfast, led by Brandon Reilley’s 17 points, the Eagles (4-4) beat the Lions (1-6) by 21 points. Lincoln Academy led 14-5, 26-11 and 39-18 at the quarter breaks.

Brad Reed paced Belfast with nine points, followed by Lew Dyer with five; Jamie Jackson and Eric Mitchell, both four points; Dylan Webster, two; and Adam Heroux, one.

Also for Lincoln Academy, Stephen Quinlan had nine points; Everett Martin, six; Dylan Leavitt, four; Jalen Lincoln, three; and Caleb Farrin, Kyle Sherer, Ryley Leavitt and Zach Steeves, two each.

Belfast shot 11-of-17 (65 percent) from the line, while Lincoln Academy was 5-of-18 (28 percent).

Belfast (1-6, 1.0802 points) is 18th in Eastern Class B, while Camden Hills (8-0, 25.9259 points) is first in the 19-team region.

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