Although the Mount View and Camden Hills girls basketball teams could not match their combined 158 points from a season-opening, double-overtime thriller in Rockport Dec. 10, the Mustangs and Windjammers certainly brought the same intensity and competitive spirit to the court in Friday night’s late-season game.

With important Maine Principals’ Association playoff Heal Points on the line, Friday’s game was important to both squads, with the Windjammers trying to hold onto a postseason spot and the Mustangs making a late-season playoff push.

The two teams left their hearts and souls on the court Friday, pushing hard to the end, with the host Mustangs pulling out a 54-47 victory.

The previous game between the squads was not decided until after two extra periods, while Friday’s contest came down to the final seconds of regulation.

Mount View has won four straight games and the Windjammers have dropped two consecutive affairs.

The two teams literally are neck-and-neck trying to grab the 10th and final playoff spot in Eastern Class B. With four regular-season games remaining for both squads, Camden Hills (7-7, 32.9630 points) is 11th and Mount View (7-7, 26.4815 points) 12th in the 19-team region. Gardiner (8-6, 34.0432 points) is 10th. Presque Isle (13-1, 90.5864 points) is first.

Camden Hills had secured an 80-78 double-overtime win in a season-opening game Dec. 10. In that game, Mount View’s Hayleigh Kein (44 points) and Camden Hills’ Jordan Knowlton (38) combined to score 82 points. While neither team saw those types of individual efforts on Friday, Hayleigh Kein and Knowlton certainly came close.

Both talented players poured in 25 points, with Hayleigh Kein keying the Mustangs’ fourth-quarter comeback and eventual victory.

The game was tight throughout and, like the previous meeting between the squads, got off to a fast offensive start. Camden Hills led 18-16 after one quarter, 26-22 at halftime and 35-33 after three stanzas. Mount View pulled out the win by outscoring its visitors 21-12 in the final eight minutes.

Pacing Mount View were Hayleigh Kein with 25 points; Chrissy Larrabee, eight; Cheyenne Dyer, seven; Channing Murphy, six; Anna Piotti, four; and Delainey Kein and Amanda Larrabee, both two. The Mustangs won despite shooting only 12-of-30 (40 percent) from the free-throw line, including 6-of-16 (38 percent) in the fourth quarter.

The Mustangs pulled out the victory because they were able to handle the Windjammers’ tough defensive pressure for stretches of the game, because of Hayleigh Kein’s 11 fourth-quarter points and Dyer’s two key 3-pointers in the second half.

For Camden Hills, Knowlton netted 25 points; Taylor Porter, eight; Sarah Steele, five; Maci Heal, four; Jackay Richards three; and Melanie Vangel, two. The Windjammers made 12-of-16 free throws (75 percent).

Both teams netted two 3-point shots.

Both squads experienced their share of foul trouble, with Mount View playing stretches of the third quarter without several of their top players. Heal fouled out for Camden Hills and Murphy for Mount View.

Hayleigh Kein scored six points in the first quarter, three in the second, five in the third and 11 in the final stanza. Knowlton, who also grabbed 14 rebounds, tallied seven points in the first quarter, four in the second, six in the third and eight in the fourth.

Fans at the game got a quick taste of the excitement in store when Mount View scored four seconds into the game and the teams combined for nine points in the first minute, including Taylor’s 3-pointer 18 seconds into the contest.

The game was close throughout the first quarter as Richards netted a trey with 4:38 left to give Camden Hills a 12-8 lead. But the contest soon was knotted 12-12. Camden Hills led 18-16 at the break.

The visitors built a 26-17 edge in the second quarter before the Mustangs clawed back within 26-22 at the break.

It appeared Camden Hills had established the momentum when Porter converted a three-point play midway through the third stanza as Mount View was dealing with foul trouble. But the Mustangs refused to go away and Dyer connected on a crucial 3-pointer with 1:25 left to bring Mount View within 33-32.

After trailing by two points heading into the fourth quarter, it appeared Mount View’s rally would stale as Murphy fouled out with 6:18 left, but Hayleigh Kein scored six straight points to give Mount View a 39-38 advantage with 4:58 left.

Another Hayleigh Kein hoop followed by one from Chrissy Larrabee gave the hosts a 43-40 lead. After Knowlton scored to bring the Windjammers within 43-42, Dyer drilled her second key trey of the game with 2:02 left to give the hosts breathing room at 46-42.

Then Chrissy Larrabee and Hayleigh Kein converted 4-of-6 foul shots to give Mount View a 50-42 lead. But, now, Camden Hills refused to go quietly as Knowlton made a 3-pointer and Heal a lane shot with 27.2 seconds remaining to bring the Windjammers within 50-47.

However, Heal fouled out four seconds later and Mount View scored the final four points to cement the win.

Jayvee game

The opening act proved just as exciting as the Camden Hills jayvees outlasted Mount View 38-33 in overtime. The Windjammers led 8-3 and 16-12 at the first two breaks. The game was tied 24-24 after three stanzas and 31-31 at the end of regulation.

Pacing Camden Hills were Robin Botley with 13 points; Megan LaGage and Addie Drinkwater, both eight; Bekah Hilt, four; Caroline Matteo, three; and Brittany Bowman, two. The Windjammers made 8-of-20 free throws (40 percent).

For Mount View, Courtney Morse scored nine points; Kaitlin Leavitt, eight; Morgan Clifford and Shania Gilley, both four; Wendy Gibbs, Kelsey Higgins and MyKenna Grotton, all two; and Lexi Strain and Alexis Morse, both one. The Mustangs made 11-of-30 foul shots (37 percent).

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