Monday night saw a pair of local high school basketball squads pick up crucial victories on the hardwood, while two more saw their season-long hardships continue in road contests.

The Georges Valley girls and Islesboro boys each collected wins over Winthrop and Greater Portland Christian respectively, while the Rockland girls and Islesboro girls dropped decisions to Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and GPC respectively.

The Buc girls and Eagle boys continue to surge to their respective region’s playoffs.


Georges Valley 61, Winthrop 44 … At Winthrop, the Buccaneers took out their frustrations of nearly knocking off top-seeded Livermore Falls over the weekend with an impressive victory over the host Ramblers. Georges Valley trailed 10-8 after the first quarter, but took a 26-18 lead at halftime and a 41-36 edge after three quarters. The Bucs then outscored the Ramblers 20-8 in the final stanza to pull away.

Jessie Veilleux dropped in 18 points to lead the Bucs, while Kennadi Grover added 15; Jill Bradbury, 14; Jennifer Denault, five; Brianna Bodman, four; Colleen Haskell, three; and Rachel Frye, two.

For Winthrop, Nikki Scott and Sasha Flaherty each netted 14 points, while Sarah Warner added seven; Kelsey Nason, four; Jessica Scott and Alyssa Arsenault, both two; and Shauna Carlson, one.

The Bucs netted 9-of-12 free throws (75 percent), while the Ramblers were 6-of-20 (30 percent).

Georges Valley (8-5, 32.5617 points) is seventh in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class C, while Livermore Falls (12-1, 65.1543 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for postseason play.

Maine Central Institute 38, Rockland 34 … At Pittsfield, the visiting Tigers were outscored by four points in the final stanza, which proved to be the difference in a tough-luck loss. Rockland, which is 0-30 the past two seasons but has come close to pulling out victories in several games this year, led 11-8 after the first quarter and 20-18 at halftime, before the Huskies drew even at 25-25 after three quarters.

Leading the Tiger offense were Hannah Plourde (9 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), Emma Davis (6 points, rebound, steal, assist), Brooke Dugan (5 points, 2 rebounds, assist, 2 steals), Danica Hooper (4 points, 3 rebounds), Danessa McDonald (4 points), Casey Carroll (2 points, 4 rebounds), Phoebe Ferraiolo (2 points, 7 rebounds, steal) and Emma Spencer (2 points, rebound, steal).

For the Huskies, Megan Hughes, Kylee Alton and Picabo Morrell each netted eight points, while Ashley Kitchen added seven.

Rockland (0-12, no points) is 19th in Eastern Class B, while Presque isle (11-1, 71.2963 points) is first in the 19-team region.

Greater Portland Christian 39, Islesboro 17 … At Freeport, the Lions roared to a victory over the visiting Eagles. Greater Portland Christian led 16-2, 24-7 and 30-14 at the quarter breaks.

Liz Grasland netted 11 points to lead GPC, while Suzanne Gonzalez added 10; Andrea Ruiz, five; Elaine Beech, four; Robin Waugh, three; and Emily Strout, Kim Dawson and Maria Foss, all two.

For Islesboro, Lindsey Durkee tallied six points, while Ally Craig added four; Caitlin Small, Autumn Johnson and Sierra Roy, all two; and Mika McKenney, one.

The Eagles were 4-of-8 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Lions were 2-of-6 (33 percent).

Islesboro (1-11, 2.6042 points) is 14th in Western Class D, while Richmond (11-0, 45.3545 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top eight teams qualify for postseason play.


Islesboro 79, Greater Portland Christian 24 … At Freeport, the Eagles rebounded from a tough weekend loss and soared to new heights with a convincing win over the Lions. Islesboro led 15-6, 42-12 and 57-16 at the quarter breaks.

D.J. Johnson poured in 33 points and added eight rebounds and eight assists, while Jason Hatch chipped in with an equally impressive 21-point, 20 rebound performance for the islanders. Also adding to the Islesboro offense were Gerard Scherr (14 points, 10 rebounds), Cameron Jack (7 points) and Ben Rollins (4 points).

Ben Hammond had 18 points for Greater Portland Christian.

Islesboro (11-2, 37.2771 points) is third in Western Class D, while Richmond (9-1, 37.6749 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top eight teams qualify for postseason play.

Georges Valley 40, Winthrop 32 … At Winthrop, the Bucs picked up a much-needed victory over the host Ramblers en route to their fourth win of the year. Georges Valley led 5-0 after the first quarter, while the Ramblers took a 10-9 lead at halftime. The Bucs then took a 29-23 advantage after three quarters.

Dylan Maloney scored a game-high 17 points for the Bucs, while Alex Wallace added seven; Drew Townsend, six; Nick Judge and Gordon Armstrong, each three; and Ben Wallace, two.

For the Ramblers, Billy Gordon tallied 11 points, while Ryan Castonguay added nine; Tyler Foster, seven; Travis Luce, two; and Ryan Conant, one.

The Bucs shot 8-of-13 (61 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Ramblers were 4-of-12 (33 percent).

Georges Valley (4-9, 14.1358 points) is 11th in Western Class C, while Dirigo of Dixfield (11-1, 48.4877 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for postseason play.

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