Thursday was a rough day for Waldo County high school basketball teams as they lost all three games on the schedule.

The Searport girls lost to visiting Deer Isle-Stonington 61-23, while both Belfast squads fell short against Winslow, with the Lion boys losing to the host Black Raiders 66-36 and the Lion girls falling at home 37-31. Belfast played makeup games with Winslow (the games originally were scheduled for Jan. 17).

Girls

Winslow 37, Belfast 31 … At Belfast, the Lions took a halftime lead but lost control after halftime as visiting Winslow (9-4) outscored them 12-2 in the third quarter.

Belfast led 12-5 and 16-13 at the first two quarter breaks. However, Winslow burst out of halftime to grab a 25-18 cushion by the end of the third stanza to herald its win.

Lexi Nelligan led Belfast with 11 points, nine rebounds, and three steals. Also Katrina Lapham had eight points; Courtney Drinkwater, six; Emily Blood, three; Ashley Littlefield, two; and McKenzie Thibodeau, one. Littlefield and Thibodeau grabbed three rebounds each.

Elizabeth Ferry led Winslow with 16 points, followed by Kelsea Bouchard with 10; Jordyn Pomerleau, five; and Linsey Vigue and Mariah Chenard, three each.

Despite the loss, Belfast coach Amy Dyer-Kelley said this was “one of the best games we have played so far.”

After their most recent loss, 50-42 to Waterville, “they just played with fire, which was nice to see,” she said.

“We played really, really well,” Dyer-Kelley said. She added that the defense was strong and the team cut their turnover rate in half for the game.

Belfast shot 2-of-6 (33 percent) from the free-throw line, while Winslow was 10-of-17 (59 percent).

Belfast (3-10, 11.3580 points) is 15th in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, while Presque Isle (13-1, 89.5062 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Deer Isle-Stonington 61, Searsport 23 … At Deer Isle, the Mariners (10-2) guarded their home turf against the Vikings as Britnie Jones led the game, and home team, with 16 points.

Deer Isle-Stonington took the first quarter 12-8 and, by halftime, led 25-16. At the end of the third stanza, the Mariners held a 46-17 edge.

Brianna Grant led the Vikings with 12 points, while Alicen Brooks had five; Allison Walker, four; and Meagan Parker, two.

Also for the Mariners, Closson netted 11 points; Ciomei and C. Brown had 10 each; Ho. Brewer, five; He. Brewer, three; and Hutchins, Boutilier, and M. Brown, two each.

Searsport (0-12, no points) is 12th in Eastern Class C, while Houlton (10-4, 61.111 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 10 teams make the playoffs.

Boys

Winslow 66, Belfast 36 … At Winslow, Mike McCann led the host Black Raiders with 20 points as they beat the Lions by 30 points.

Winslow took a 9-8 lead at the end of the third quarter and spread it to 25-17 by halftime. At the end of the third stanza, the hosts were ahead 42-26.

Brad Reed led the Lions with nine points, while Tyler Prescott added six; Erick Mitchell, five; Adam Heroux, four; Lew Dyer and Scott Kulikowski, three each; and Mike Perry, Jamie Jackson, and Dylan Webster, two each.

Also, for Winslow, Kris smith had seven points; Trevor Lovely, Mike McLaughlin and Justin Murray, six points each; Caleb Hill, Jesse Cludet and Kody Price, four each; Brendan Kroll, three; and Mackenzie Michaud and John McCabe, two each.

Belfast shot 7-of-19 (37 percent) from the foul line, while Winslow was 10-of-13 (77 percent).

Belfast (1-12, 4.3210 points) is 18th in Eastern Class B, while Camden Hills (13-0, 84.2593 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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