The Mount View High School girls junior varsity basketball team had a challenging 2011-12 season, but improved throughout the campaign in the competitive Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference.

The Mustangs, led by coach Katelyn Ross, sported a 4-10 record, including victories over programs such as rival Belfast and Lincoln Academy of Newcastle.

Despite the team’s low win total, Ross said she was encouraged by the steps her team took throughout the season.

“The core of this group is a very determined, hardworking, positive collection of young ladies who, I believe, have the drive and potential to turn this program around,” she said. “What I most respect about them is that they continuously work hard night in and night out, and have the desire to win. “

Ross said that while the Mustangs lost contests to talented foes such as Camden Hills and Nokomis of Newport, the margins in which they fell to those opponents diminished considerably from last year to this season.

Thus, while the win/loss record may not reflect it, Ross feels the strides her team made this year could translate into more success in the future.

“By the end of the season I really felt that we were playing our best basketball, and were very competitive in a tough league,” she said. “We played a lot of teams that had a heavy amount of varsity [swing players] and we were competitive with them. Because of these things, our accomplishments are not measured in victories, but in improvements.”

Ross feels a handful of her players will make the jump to the varsity squad next year, which will be a positive development for the program moving forward.

“The future of Mount View basketball can be changed,” she said. “I believe it will be this core group of girls, and I’m very much looking forward to the next season.”

The Mount View junior varsity squad included junior Colleen Schofield; sophomores Morgan Clifford, Shaniah GIlley, Braley Leadbetter, Stephanie Stilkey and Alexis Strain; and freshmen Logan Basford, Dinah Bilodeau, Kersey Boulay, Nicole Schofield, Tori Strain, Austyn THomas, Brooke Tripp, Kayla Wilson and Whitney Wren.

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