For the most part, it has been a dreary court season, thus far, for Waldo County high school boys and girls basketball teams, but the picture turned brighter Dec. 30 with sweeping success by one school as 2011 turned to 2012.

On Dec. 30, both Belfast teams swept visiting Oak Hill of Sabattus, while Mount View squads fell to visiting Gardiner the same night.

No Waldo County teams realized success earlier in the week, as all lost to opponents on the court, including the Lions, Mustangs and Eagles of Islesboro.

The following is a recap of recently-reported games:

Boys basketball

Belfast 76, Oak Hill 45 … At Belfast Dec. 30, the Lions turned in an impressive all-around performance to record their first win of the campaign. The game was tied 15-15 after one quarter before the Lions slowly pulled away and led 32-27 at halftime and 53-40 after three stanzas. The hosts outscored the visitors 23-5 to put the finishing touches on the long-awaited victory.

Friday’s win ended an 18-game losing streak for Belfast, which lost its final 13 games en route to a 1-17 season in 2010-11 and the first five contests of this 2011-12 campaign. The Lions last win was 54-53 against Mount View of Thorndike Dec. 23, 2011.

On Friday for Belfast, Tyler Prescott dumped in 24 points; Jamie Jackson, 17; Ryan Rice, 14; Yanni Rakis, seven; Kaleb Benjamin and Stephen Paul, both five; and Ben Lowe, four. The Lions made 19-of-38 free throws (50 percent) and three 3-pointers, two coming from Rice.

For Oak Hill (0-6), Sam Morin and Parker Asselin both tallied 14 points; Brady Dion, 11; Kelsey LaMothe, four; and Andy Whitehouse and Alex Mace, both one. The Raiders drilled 6-of-17 foul shots (35 percent) and five treys, including two each from Dion and Morin.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (1-4, 0.5556 points) is 15th and Ellsworth (7-0, 16.5432 points) first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Gardiner 53, Mount View 36 … At Thorndike Dec. 30, in the second game of a doubleheader, the visiting Tigers won after leading 14-8, 23-16 and 38-31 at the quarter breaks.

Leading the Mustangs were Jalen Babin with 11 points, while Steven Davis added seven; Taylor Reynolds, six; Andrew Gibbs, five; Nathan Wren, four; Craig Nealley, two; and Ricky Moulton, one. Mount View made 14-of-25 free throws (56 percent).

Keying the Tigers were Tyler Jamison and Justin Lovely both with eight points, while Aaron Toman, Dennis Meegan and Jake Palmer all added seven. Gardiner made 13-of-22 foul shots (59 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (2-4, 3.7763 points) is 14th and Ellsworth (7-0, 16.5432 points) first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Rangeley 50, Islesboro 44 … At Islesboro Dec. 29, the Eagles had their closest attempt with their first win of the season, only to have it dashed by the visiting Lakers.

Leading the islanders on offense was Charliy Cilley, who poured in 25 points, along with six 3-pointers. Also scoring for the hosts were Cameron Jack with 17 points and Kim Kyungmin two.

For Rangeley, Eric White netted 20 points, while Alex Morton added 13; Kyle Haley, seven; Michael Haley, five; Alan Elmes, three; and Thomas Clinch, two.

In the Maine Principals Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Islesboro (0-7, no points) is 13th (last), while Valley of Bingham (5-0, 9.9056 points) is first in the 13-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.

Nokomis 57, Mount View 55 … At Newport Dec. 28, the Warriors rallied to tie the game and earned the comeback win over the visiting Mustangs. Mount View led 11-9 after the first eight minutes and 29-18 at halftime, while the Warriors tied the game 47-47 after three quarters.

Ryan St. Clair tallied 16 points for Mount View, while Bobby Porter added 13; Chris Montminy, nine; Jalen Babin, eight; Craig Neally, six; Taylor Reynolds, four; and Steven Davis, two.

For the Warriors, Ethan Pearl netted 21 points, while R. Libby added nine and S. Hartsgrove eight.

The Mustangs and Warriors both made 14-of-24 (58 percent) from the charity stripe.

Morse 64, Belfast 50 … At Bath Dec. 28, the host Shipbuilders proved too tough for the Lions en route to a 14-point victory. Morse led 18-10, 35-31 and 51-40 at the quarter breaks.

Keying Morse, which made 8-of-18 free throws and four 3-pointers, were Matt Mamster with 20 points and Ted Cole with 14.

For Belfast, Ryan Rice tallied 18 points; Emerson Dellamattera, eight; Scott Kulikowski, Gabe Desjardins and Jamie Jackson, all six; and Yanni Rakis and Tyler Prescott, both three. The Lions iced 8-of-13 free throws, while Rice drilled two treys.

Girls basketball

Belfast 55, Oak Hill 39 … At Belfast Dec. 30, the Lions started and ended strong en route to an impressive victory. The Lions led 18-8, 32-16 and 44-20 at the quarter breaks.

Keying the balanced Lion offensive attack were Lexi Nelligan with 19 points; Katrina Lapham, 11; Makayla Cummings and Courtney Drinwkater, both seven; Ashley Littlefield, six; Devon Drake and Becca Leonard, both two; and Kali Doolan, one. BAHS netted 10-of-18 free throws (56 percent) and three treys, two coming from Lapham. Nelligan also contributed 11 rebounds, eight steals, three blocked shots and two assists, while Lapham added six assists and Emily Blood six rebounds.

For Oak Hill, Darby Bealieu scored 12 points; Kayla Veilleux, eight; Sadie Goulet, Julie Morneault and Alexis Priest, all five; and Hayley Marshall and Danielle Samson, both two. The Raiders made 8-of-13 free throws (62 percent) and three 3-pointers.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (2-4, 1.6358 points) is 14th and Presque Isle (6-0, 20.9259 points) first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Gardiner 52, Mount View 21 … At Thorndike Dec. 30, in the first game of a doubleheader, the visiting Tigers slowly pulled away from the hosts. Gardiner led 16-4, 29-8 and 47-12 at the quarter breaks.

For Mount View, Delainey Kein tallied six points, while Brook Tripp added four; Courtney Morse, three; and LeeAnn Larrabee, Anna Piotti and Amanda Larrabee, all two. The Mustangs made 6-of-13 free throws (46 percent).

For Gardiner, Kelsey Moody and Kelly Macomber both scored eight points. Also, Moody connected on two treys. The Tigers made 7-of-19 foul shots (37 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (0-6, no points points) is 19th (last) and Presque Isle (6-0, 20.9259 points) first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Nokomis 65, Mount View 21 … At Thorndike Dec. 28, the Mustangs could not contain the high-octane Warrior offense and fell by 44 points. The Mustangs netted six points in the first quarter, four in the second, eight in the third and three in the fourth against Nokomis of Newport.

Leading the ‘Stangs were Delainey Kein with six points, while Janelle Thornley added five; LeeAnn Larrabee, three; Kaitlin Leavitt, Kelsey Higgins and Anna Piotti, all two; and Courtney Morse, one.

For Nokomis, Emilee Reynolds netted 16 points, while Anna MacKenzie added nine; Kelsie Richards, eight; Marissa Shaw, seven; Lindsay Whitney, five; Lacey Kent-Webber, Taylor Shaw and Taylor Quick, all four; and Kyle Richards, Brittany Dunton and Traci Carlson, all two.

Mount View was 5-of-12 (42 percent) from the foul line, while Nokomis netted 7-of-16 (44 percent).

Morse 57, Belfast 38 … At Belfast Dec. 28, the Shipbuilders cruised to the win after a strong first half. Morse led 15-7, 38-22 and 46-30 at the quarter breaks. Morse beat Belfast with sharp 3-point shooting, while the hosts were hurt by poor foul shooting (3-of-17 for 18 percent).

For Belfast, Nelligan tossed in 19 points, all coming in the final three quarters; Lapham and Drake, both four; Drinkwater and Emily Blood, both three; Leonard, Doolan, both two; and Littlefield, one. The Lions made one trey.

For Morse, Katie Henrikson tallied 17 points; Tori Field, 16; Kerry Cummings, 11; Lauren Crosby, six; Bri Bigelow, five; and Crystal Leavitt, two. The Shipbuilders netted 6-of-11 free throws (55 percent) and seven 3-pointers, including five from Henrikson and two from Field.

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