As the regular-season games pass, one becomes more convinced that this year's Belfast girls basketball squad is the real deal, a team that cannot only qualify for the regional playoffs but also one which can make noise when it gets there.

The Lions continued their winning ways Friday night, Jan. 11 with a convincing road victory over host Winslow. Belfast prevailed 40-26 behind the strong play of several players, highlighted by Katrina Lapham and Lexi Nelligan.

Lapham turned in a 14-point, 3-assist, one-rebound, one-steal, one-blocked shot effort, while Nelligan finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, four steals, two blocks and an assist.

Other Lions contributed to the victory, including Ashley Littlefield (5 points, 2 rebounds, steal), Courtney Drinkwater (4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists), McKenzie Thibodeau (3 points, rebound, 4 steals) and Madison Cummings (3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals).

For Winslow, Sarah Waldo and Megan Richards both scored six points; Morgan Clark, four; Devin Fitzgibbons, three; Erica Bertitaccini, two; Allyssa Wood and Delaney Wood, both two; and Liz Palle, one.

The Lions made 7-of-11 free throws (64 percent) and the Black Raiders 7-of-21 (33 percent).

Under the guidance of first-year coach Stan Sturgis, the Lions have won seven games at the midway point of the 2012-13 season after winning 10 games total the last two seasons, including six in 2011-12.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (7-2, 22.1605 points) is sixth, while Presque Isle (11-0, 49.4753 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 squads qualify for the playoffs.

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