Three Waldo County basketball squads have been a bit down on their luck this season and continued that trend over the past few games, as both the Belfast boys and girls, as well as the Searsport girls, were all in action in recent days.

The Belfast boys and girls, who have a combined four wins between them, each dropped Tuesday night games to Waterville, while the Lion girls also fell to Gardiner Jan. 22.

The Viking girls, who have yet to put a mark in the win column this year, dropped two more to Dexter and Stearns of Millinocket in their most recent games.

The following is a recap of all five reported contests:

Waterville boys 48, Belfast 36 … At Belfast Tuesday, the Lions were outscored in all four quarters and the Purple Panthers pulled away with a 12-point win. Waterville led 9-7, 19-16 and 31-25 at the quarter breaks.

Max Brown led the Purple Panthers with 11 points, while Chris Hale and Ryan Veilleux each added nine; Brandon Braley, eight; J.P. Michaud, six; Matt Lynch, four; and Alan Wood, one.

For Belfast, Jamie Jackson netted 13 points, while Dylan Webster added 11; Brad Reed, four; Scott Kulikowski, three; Lew Dyer and Adam Heroux, both two; and Emerson Dellamattera, one.

The Lions were 15-of-26 (58 percent) from the foul line, while the Purple Panthers converted 20-of-35 (57 percent).

Belfast (1-11, 2.1605 points) is 19th in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, while Camden Hills (13-0, 79.9383 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for postseason play.

Waterville girls 50, Belfast 42 … At Waterville Tuesday, the Lion girls dropped an eight-point decision to the host Purple Panthers. Waterville led 10-6, 24-18 and 40-27 at the quarter breaks.

Leading the Lions on offense were Courtney Drinkwater (8 points, steal), Lexi Nelligan (7 points, 2 rebounds), McKenzie Thibodeau (6 points, 8 rebounds), Katrina Lapham (6 points, 2 steals), Ashley Littlefield (5 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals), Madison Cummings (4 points, 4 rebounds, steal), Devin Drake (2 points), Emily Blood (2 points), Morgan Mansfield (2 points) and Makayla Cummings (9 rebounds).

For Waterville, Ashleigh Gagne netted 17 points, while Emily Karter added 10; Jenna Gagnon, six; Colleen O’Donnell, Whitney Scott and Shannon Ritter, all four; and Kylee Gardiner, three.

The Lions were 7-of-15 (47 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Purple Panthers were 15-of-24 (62 percent).

Gardiner girls 74, Belfast 43 … At Gardiner Jan. 22, the Lions could not stop the high-octane Tiger offense and fell by a convincing margin. Gardiner led 23-4, 47-13 and 63-23 at the quarter breaks.

Leading the Lions were Nelligan (11 points, 3 rebounds, steal), Lapham (8 points), Blood (7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals), Cummings (6 points, 7 rebounds, steal), Drinkwater (5 points, 2 assists, steal), Becca Leonard (4 points), Littlefield (point, 4 rebounds) and Kayla Carpentier (point, 2 rebounds).

For Gardiner, Katie McAllister netted 16 points, while Kylee Granholm added 15; Paige Pillsbury, 10; Taylor Bannister and Jenn Moore, each seven; Ally Day, six; Kelly Macomber, five; and Liz Kelley and Camden Cone, both four.

The Lions were 14-of-22 (63 percent) from the charity stripe and the Tigers 14-of-21 (66 percent).

Belfast (3-9, 11.3580 points) is 15th in Eastern Class B, while Presque Isle (12-1, 82.4074 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for postseason play.

Dexter girls 60, Searsport 31… At Searsport Jan. 22, the winless Vikings could not keep pace with the playoff-bound Tigers and dropped a home contest. Dexter led 20-9, 39-14 and 50-18 at the quarter breaks.

Briana Grant netted 11 points for Searsport, while Alicen Brooks added six; Shawna Dakin and Allison Walker, both four; Brooke Bagley, three; Shannon Higgins, two; and Libby Lane, one.

For Dexter, Shelbee Lancaster netted 14 points, while Callie Theodore added 10; Jordyn Bell, eight; G. Adam, seven; C. Cunningham, five; D. Bell, A. Ritland and M. Gustin, al four; and A. Pease and L. Crane, both two.

The Vikings were 10-of-23 (43 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 11-of-30 (36 percent).

Stearns girls 41, Searsport 18… At Searsport Jan. 17, the Minutemen wasted little time with the host Vikings and marched to their eighth win of the year. Stearns led 9-2, 20-8 and 32-11 at the quarter breaks.

Grant led the Vikings with a nine-point effort, while Brooks added four; Higgins and Kelli Smith, both two; and Walker one.

For the Minutemen, Taylor Pelkey netted 11 points, while Thorkatla Thorarinsdottir added eight; Kristen Marter, seven; Mallory Osbourne, four; Shyla Cyr and Alex Mooney, each three; Ashley Johnson and Alyssa Beaulieu, both two; and Ashley Rollins, one.

The Vikings were 8-of-15 (53 percent) from the foul line, while the Minutemen were 18-of-38 (47 percent).

Searsport (0-11, no points) is 20th in Eastern Class C, while Houlton (10-4, 60.3395 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for postseason play.

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