With the high school basketball regular season now in the home stretch with only a few games left to play, Midcoast teams hope to stockpile a few more wins as they approach the end of the campaign.

Both the Georges Valley and Camden Hills girls squads are in heated playoff chases in their respective classes, with the Buccaneers currently holding the eighth seed in Western Class C and the Windjammers the No. 11 position in Eastern Class B, respectively. Georges Valley has two games remaining on its schedule and Camden Hills three. The top 10 teams in both regions qualify for the postseason.

The pressure, as usual, is off the Camden Hills boys, as they appear to be poised to finish the regular season undefeated for the second time in three years and likely will enter the postseason as the top seed.

Both the Belfast boys and girls teams have had challenging seasons and will be wrapping up their respective campaigns next week, while the Georges Valley boys likely will need to win at least one of their final three games if they hope to earn a preliminary round playoff spot.

The following is a recap of Thursday’s Camden Hills, Belfast and Georges Valley games:


Camden Hills 62, Belfast 27 … At Rockport, the Windjammers avenged an early-season loss to the Lions with a convincing win over the visitors. Camden Hills led 12-2, 21-12 and 42-23 at the quarter breaks.

Jordan Knowlton and Taylor Porter each collected 18 points apiece for the Windjammers, while Melanie Vangel and Marina French each added eight; Cailand Sweeting, six; and Laura Johanson and Megan Legage, both two. Knowlton also had 11 rebounds and Johanson eight.

For Belfast, Lexi Nelligan netted 12 points, while Courtney Drinkwater added 11; Emily Blood and Ashley Littlefield, each six; and Liz Rauch, two.

The Windjammers were 2-of-4 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Lions were 6-of-9 (67 percent). The hosts also canned a season-high six 3-pointers, with Porter converting four and French two.

Camden Hills (8-7, 39.4444 points) is 11th in Eastern Class B, while Presque Isle (15-1, 120.9877 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for postseason play.

Jay 49, Georges Valley 41 … At Thomaston, the Tigers roared out of the gates and outscored the Bucs through the first three quarters en route to their 13th victory. Jay led 12-5, 26-18 and 37-26 at the quarter breaks.

Jill Bradbury paced Georges Valley with 16 points, while Jessie Veilleux added 12; Kennadi Grover, six; Brianna Bodman, three; and Colleen Haskell and Rachel Frye, each two.

For Jay, Alexis Blodgett netted 15 points, while Beth Moore added 14; Alexi Deering, seven; Alannah White, five; Brittany Depompo, four; and Ashbe Quirron and Kourtney Brennick, both two.

The Bucs were 4-of-5 (80 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Tigers were 10-of-18 (56 percent).

Georges Valley (8-8, 42.7469 points) is eighth in Western Class C, while Hall-Dale of Farmingdale (15-1, 101.2346 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for postseason play.


Camden Hills 67, Belfast 28 … At Belfast, the Windjammers sailed to a 21-point first-quarter lead and turned on cruise control as 12 team members broke into the scoring column in a rout of the Lions. Camden Hills led 27-6, 35-13 and 48-21 at the quarter breaks.

Tyler McFarland netted 16 points for Camden Hills, while Joel Gabriele added 15; Adam Landwehr, six; Adam Carlsen and Max Niles, both five; Andrew Flanagan, Taylor Hall and Keegan Pieri, all four; and Colin Morse, Kyle Olehnik and Alex Crans, each two.

For Belfast, Brad Reed netted nine points, while Dylan Webster added seven; Jamie Jackson, six; Eric Mitchell, four; and Lew Dyer, two.

The Windjammers were 7-of-11 (63 percent) from the foul line and the Lions 5-of-6 (83 percent).

Camden Hills (15-0, 102.6235 points) is first in Eastern Class B, while Belfast (1-14, 4.3210 points) is 18th among 19 teams in the region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Boothbay Region 70, Georges Valley 46 … At Boothbay, the Seahawks pulled away from the visiting Bucs in the second half and soared to their 12th win of the season. Boothbay led 15-10, 32-22 and 47-31 at the quarter breaks.

Alex Wallace netted 10 points for the Buccaneers, while Ben Wallace added eight; Tyler Gilson, seven; Nick Judge and Dylan Maloney, each six; Drew Townsend, five; and Gordon Armstrong and John Ferguson, both two.

For Boothbay Region, Dan Dickerson netted 15 points, while Jordan Caron added 12; Jake Simmons, nine; Ben Dickinson, eight; Kameron Markee, seven; Ryan Murphy, five; Anthony DiMauro, Robbie Halinan and Robert Morton, all four; and Chad Carroll, two.

The Bucs made 16-of-29 free throws (55 percent), while the Seahawks were 13-of-19 (68 percent).

Georges Valley (5-10, 21.8519 points) is 13th in Western Class C, while Dirigo of Dixfield (14-1, 84.2901 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for postseason play.

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