The Mount View and Belfast girls basketball teams may not be moving onto the upcoming regional tournament, but that did not stop the Mustangs and Lions from providing fans a nice parting gift to end the 2010-11 season and head into the remainder of winter — and hopefully an early spring.

The host Mustangs staved off a second-half rally by the visiting Lions to secure a 37-32 victory Friday in the final regular-season game for the Waldo County squads.

The game marked the final high school hoop contest for Mount View’s Channing Murphy, Hayleigh Kein, Cheyenne Dyer and Chrissy Larrabee and Belfast’s Taila Ryder, Morgan Mansfield and Elizabeth Rauch, all of whom are seniors. Rauch hurt her ankle with 4:17 left in the first quarter and spent the rest of the game on the bench.

The Mustangs led 10-6, 21-10 and 26-20 at the quarter breaks, but the competitive game was tied late in the fourth stanza.

Keying the host Mustangs were Hayleigh Kein with 25 points, including 11-of-20 free throws. Also, Chrissy Larrabee added seven points; LeeAnn Larrabee, two; and Delainey Kein, one. Mount View made 13-of-24 foul shots (54 percent).

Kein tallied 13 points in the first half and 12 in the second.

For the Lions, Mckenzie Thibodeau tallied eight points; Lexi Nelligan, six; Mansfield and Courtney Drinkwater, both four; and Ashley Littlefield, Emily Blood, Becca Leonard, Katrina Lapham and Madison Cummings, all two. Belfast netted 4-of-9 free throws (44 percent).

Friday’s game was the tale of two halves as the Mustangs outscored the Lions 21-10 in the first half and were outscored 22-16 over the final 16 minutes.

Mount View’s fullcourt, trapping defensive pressure gave the Lions trouble in spurts and both teams were hampered by turnovers, mainly traveling violations.

That did not stop the Lions, however, from making a push to pull out the victory in the second half.

Trailing by 11 points at halftime, Belfast battled back to knot the game 30-30 on Nelligan’s two foul shots with 3:11 left in the fourth stanza. That is when Murphy fouled out.

But LeeAnn Larrabee and Hayleigh Kein converted hoops to give the hosts a 34-30 cushion. After a Belfast basketball made it 34-32, Hayleigh Kein made a steal and score to give the Mustangs the edge they held to the end.

Mount View (9-9, 41.0494 points) is 13th and Belfast (4-14, 19.4444 points) 15th in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B. Presque Isle (17-1, 161.5741 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 10 qualify for the playoffs.

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In the junior varsity contest, Mount View won 44-30, after leading 17-4, 23-7 and 32-16 at the quarter breaks.

Keying the Mustangs were Courtney Morse with seven points; Shaniah Gilley, six; Alexis Morse, five; MyKenna Grotton, Kelsey Higgins, Kaitlin Leavitt, Stephanie Stilkey and Gabby Rossignol, all four; and Morgan Clifford, Braley Leadbetter and Wendy Gibbs, all two. Mount View made 5-of-14 free throws (36 percent).

For Belfast, Crystal Lilley and Alli Dellamattera both scored seven points; Vanessa Roberts, six; Kaycee Fogg, four; Madison Cummings and Brianna Flagg, both two; and Hannah Bailey and Killyann Richards, both one. The Lions netted 6-of-33 foul shots (18 percent).

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