The wins continue to pile up for the resurgent Belfast girls basketball team, which now not only plans to qualify for the postseason for the first time in years but also secure one of the top six positions.

As the regular season winds down, the Lions continue to play inspired basketball, most recently in a 30-23 win over visiting Waterville on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2, behind another stellar all-around effort from Lexi Nelligan.

Belfast led 10-6, 21-12 and 22-20 at the quarter breaks.

Nelligan (15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocked shots), Ashley Littlefield (3 points, 8 rebounds), Katrina Lapham (3 points, 2 rebounds), McKenzie Thibodeau (2 points, 5 rebounds), Courtney Drinkwater (2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals), Mariah Sturgis (2 points), Hannah Nichols (2 points) and Breann Cummings (point) keyed the host Lions.

Leading the Purple Panthers were Colleen O'Donnell with eight points; Fotini Shamos, four; Jenna Gagnon, Alexa Frame and Lindsey St. Claire, all three; and Melanie Bureau, two

The Lions, who have surpassed their win total from the previous two years (6-12 in 2011-12 and 4-14 in 2010-11) made 9-of-19 free throws (47 percent) and the Purple Panthers 6-of-15 (40 percent) in Saturday's game.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (12-4, 73.4877 points) is fifth, while Presque Isle (17-0, 137.0370 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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