The second half of the high school basketball seasons are set to begin, which could be a welcome sign for Waldo County squads and their fans.

The first half of the season has all Waldo County boys and girls squads under .500 and that trend continued Tuesday night, with both Belfast and Mount View squads falling to Gardiner and Maranacook of Readfield, respectively.

The Searsport boys also lost to Penobscot Valley of Howland in recent action.

Boys basketball

Gardiner 72, Belfast 45 … At Belfast Jan. 10, the Lions could not keep up with the Tigers and were clawed by the visitors by 27 points. Gardiner led 17-12, 33-22 and 53-32 at the quarter breaks.

Jamie Jackson netted 15 points for the Lions, while Ryan Rice added 12; Tyler Prescott, six; Kaleb Benjamin and Emerson Dellamattera, both four; and Larry Dyer and Scott Kulikowski, both two.

For Gardiner, Jake Palmer tossed in 15 points, while Aaron Toman and Justin Lovely each added 13; Matt Hall and Alonzo Connor, both eight; Tyler Jamison and Jenson Orwiler, both four; Travis Kelley, three; and Denis Meehan and Trevor Austin, both two.

The Lions were 6-of-10 (60 percent) from the foul line, while Gardiner netted 10-of-18 (56 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (1-8, 0.5556 points) is 17th, while Medomak Valley (7-2, 31.3272 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Maranacook 53, Mount View 49 … At Thorndike Jan. 10, the Black Bears went on a 23-4 run in the third quarter to pull ahead of the Mustangs, and held on for a four-point victory. Mount View led 18-11 after the first quarter and 28-22 at halftime, while Maranacook took a 45-32 advantage after three quarters.

Jalen Babin tossed in 12 points for the ‘Stangs, while Chris Montminy and Bobby Porter each added 10; Taylor Reynolds, eight; Steven Davis, five; and Nathan Wren and Ryan St. Clair, both two.

For Maranacook, Seth Miller netted 13 points, while Richard Hall added 12; Kyle Boucher, 11; Taylor Wilbur, six; Caleb Jackson, five; Jesse Evans, four; and Gabe Giguere, two.

The Mustangs were 7-of-16 (44 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Black Bears were 8-of-20 (40 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (4-5, 9.1975 points) is 14th, while Medomak Valley (7-2, 31.3272 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Penobscot Valley 45, Searsport 33 … At Howland Jan. 7, the Howlers pulled away from the Vikings in the second half and prevailed by 12 points. Penobscot Valley led 4-2, 17-16 and 29-20 at the quarter breaks.

For SDHS, Buddy Ellis netted 13 points, while Shane Seekins added 11; Milton Jones, five; and Dillan Moody and Austin Bean, both two.

For Penobscot Valley, Robert Hallett netted 17 points, while Griffin Libby added 12; Logan Jipson, eight; and Tom Millett and Wade Thurlow, both four.

The Vikings were 4-of-6 (67 percent) from the foul line, while the Howlers were 22-of-33 (67 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class C, Searsport (2-7, 5.7099 points) is 14th, while Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln (7-3, 27.5617 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls basketball

Maranacook 61, Mount View 30 … At Readfield Jan. 10, the Black Bears had little trouble with the visiting Mustangs and prevailed by 31 points. Maranacook led 15-9, 31-15 and 41-23 at the quarter breaks.

Delainey Kein tossed in 12 points for Mount View, while Janelle Thornley added seven; Anna Piotti, four; Alexis Morse, Brook Tripp and Kelsey Higgins, all two; and Kaitlin Leavitt, one.

For Maranacook, Christine Miller poured in 27 points, while Hannah Clough added 13; Natalie Ware and Jessica Smith, both four; Mariah Vining and Sarah Clough, both three; Liz D’Angelo, two; and Sage Hyland, one.

The Mustangs were 8-of-20 (40 percent) from the foul line, while the Black Bears were 5-of-11 (45 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Mount View (0-9, no points) is 19th (last), while Presque Isle (9-0, 44.2284 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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