High school basketball tipped off in Waldo County the past few days, which went well for a pair of local squads.

The Mount View boys and Belfast girls prevailed in games played Jan. 3, while the Mount View girls, Belfast boys and Searsport boys all fell in court action the same day. Additionally, the Searsport girls lost Jan. 2 to start 2012.

Boys basketball

Mount View 65, Morse 40 … At Thorndike Jan. 3, the Mustangs held the Shipbuilders to one basket in the first quarter and galloped to victory. Mount View led 15-2, 35-18 and 49-30 at the quarter breaks.

Bobby Porter tallied 16 points for the ‘Stangs, while Chris Montminy added 15; Jalen Babin, 11; Ryan St. Clair, six; Taylor Reynolds, five; Nathan Wren and Craig Nealley, both four; and Brody Gibbs and Jack Simpson, both two.

For Morse, Ted Cole tossed in 18 points, while Cody Snyder added seven; Matt Munster, six; Liam McDonough, five; and Christopher Paulus and Kevin McKellar, both two.

The Mustangs were 20-of-33 (61 percent) from the foul line, while the Shipbuilders were 8-of-13 (61 percent).

In the Maine Principals Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (3-4, 5.4012 points) is 11th, while Camden Hills (6-1, 20.5247 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Maine Central Institute 48, Belfast 38 … At Belfast Jan. 3, the Huskies picked up their first win of the season by upending the host Lions. MCI led 16-5, 30-16 and 34-23 at the quarter breaks.

Ryan Rice tossed in 17 points for Belfast, while Scott Kulikowski added seven; Yanni Rakis, six; Kaleb Benjamin and Tyler Prescott, both three; and Jamie Jackson, two.

For MCI, Mitch Hallee netted 14 points, while Trey Vinter added nine; Adam Ogden and Karerin Alspaugh, both six; and Zack Fortin and Kael McCarthy, both one.

The Lions were 7-of-23 (30 percent) from the foul line, while the Huskies were 8-of-23 (35 percent).

In the Maine Principals Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (1-5, 0.5556 points) is 17th and Mount Desert Island (8-0, 23.0247 points) first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Bangor Christian 46, Searsport 44 … At Searsport Jan. 3, the Patriots scored off a loose ball rebound with 11 seconds remaining and held on for a two-point win over the Vikings.

Leading Searsport were Shane Seekins with 13 points, while Dillan Moody added 11; Milton Jones, 10; Austin Bean, six; and Buddy Ellis and Jacob Powell, both two.

For Bangor Christian, Brad Wilcox scored 13 points, while Seth Pearson added 12; Ben Bragg, seven; Matt Swanson, six; David Peters, four; and Jace Schmidt and Jeremy Miller, both two.

“We are consistently playing close games and learning from the experience,” said Searsport coach Brad Cook. “While we have only one win to show so far, our continued improvement is success — now we need confidence. Eastern Class C is wide open with 11 teams making the postseason. We are only a few Heal Points out of 11th [place, so] with a few quality wins we will have a shot.”

In the Maine Principals Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class C, Searsport (1-5, 1.6975 points) is 15th, while Sumner of East Sullivan (8-1, 18.4568 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls basketball

Belfast 44, Maine Central Institute 37 … At Pittsfield Jan. 3, the Lions got off to a solid start and maintained a lead throughout en route to the seven-point win. BAHS led 14-6, 29-16 and 32-24 at the quarter breaks.

Pacing the Lions were Lexi Nelligan with 18 points, while Katrina Lapham added six; Emily Blood, five; Mckenzie Thibodeau, Ashley Littlefield and Kali Doolan, all three; and Becca Leonard, Courtney Drinkwater and Devon Drake, all two. Belfast shot 14-of-22 (64 percent) from the foul line. Makayla Cummings led the squad with eight rebounds.

For MCI, Ashley Kitchin tallied 11 points; Taylor Wright and Kaylee Alton, both seven; Kat Smedberg, five; Sarah Bennett, four; Ashley Alton, two; and Erin Donahue, one. The Huskies netted 6-of-12 foul shots (50 percent).

In the Maine Principals Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (3-4, 2.7160 points) is 15th and Presque Isle (7-0, 26.4815 points) first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Morse 50, Mount View 25 … At Bath Jan. 3, the Shipbuilders doubled up the visiting Mustangs, who remain winless on the season.

Anna Piotti netted nine points for Mount View, while Delainey Kein added six; Amanda Larrabee, five; Courtney Morse and Kelsey Higgins, both two; and Janelle Thornley, one.

Katie Henrikson, Lauren Crosby and Sadie Crosby each netted 10 points for Morse, while Tori Field added nine; Crystal Leavitt, six; Kerry Cummings, three; and Brianna Bigelow, two.

Mount View was 5-of-12 (42 percent) from the foul line, while Morse was 8-of-13 (62 percent).

Mount View is 0-6 in Eastern Class B, while Morse is 2-4 in Western Class B. Updated Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings information for Mount View was unavailable.

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