Playing on the road against a tough opponent without its starting point guard was no problem for the Belfast girls basketball squad, which forged a 57-44 victory over host Medomak Valley Saturday night, Jan. 19.

The Lions, playing without usual point guard Madison Cummings, in Iowa for field hockey (she is an All-State player), coach Stan Sturgis said, received solid performances from several players, starting with Katrina Lapham (22 points, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebounds), McKenzie Thibodeau (15 points, 5 rebounds, assist, steal) and Lexi Nelligan (9 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocked shots, 2 steals, assist).

Also keying the visitors were Ashley Littlefield (3 points, 6 rebounds, assist, block), Mariah Sturgis (4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, assist), Courtney Drinkwater (2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, assist) and Breann Cummings (2 points, 2 steals, rebound, assist).

For the host Panthers, Sammie Griffin turned in a marvelous 18-point performance, followed by Taylor Simmons with nine; Hannah Heald, six; Hannah Marks, four; Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet, three; and Desiree Benner and Elise Wallace, both two.

Belfast made 15-of-29 free throws (52 percent) and Medomak Valley 14-of-22 (64 percent).

Medomak Valley led 7-6 after one quarter before the Lions roared back for a 21-19 edge at halftime. BAHS held a 40-32 advantage after three stanzas.

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A video from the game appears below.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (8-3, 30.88025 points) is seventh and Medomak Valley (4-8, 10.2778 points) 14th, while Presque Isle (13-0, 73.7037 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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