The Belfast basketball teams hit the hardwood for the first time in the preseason on Wednesday, Nov. 28 against host Bucksport, as the high schools split victories.

The Lion girls netted a 41-22 win over the Golden Bucks, while the hosts returned the favor in the boys game as Bucksport earned a 65-50 victory over Belfast.

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The Belfast boys, led by coach Marty Messer, include seniors Andrew Akles, Grady Doolan, Max Lewis and Lucas Lightner; junior Dakota Payson; sophomores Tommy Walker, Tanner Veilleux, Chase Sanders, Chris Kelley, Ethan Hall and Jason Bartlett.

The Belfast girls, guided by coach Scott Benzie, include seniors Julianne Smith, Mackenzie Banks, Shera Hilt, Payge Shute and Karagen Stone; juniors Hannah Banks, Kayci Faulkingham, Grace Fitzjurls, Sydni Moores and Junne Robertson-McIntire; and sophomores Lindsey Goughnour, Lillie Mitchell, Kiara Doolan and Madison Farris. Madison Warman also is a member of the team but her grade was unavailable.

The following is a recap of both contests:

Girls basketball

Belfast 41, Bucksport 22

At Bucksport Nov. 28, the Lions held the Golden Bucks at bay and netted a lopsided win. Belfast led 7-2, 18-10 and 29-15 at the quarter breaks.

Doolan led Belfast with 11 points, while Robertson-McIntire added eight; Faulkingham, seven; Fitzjurls, four; Moores, Payge Shute and Hilt, three; Hannah Banks, two; and Stone, one.

Madison Frazier, Kaylee Gray and Alexis Leeman scored six points for Bucksport, while Sara Bos and Sadie Lanpher added two.

The Lions finished 3-of-12 (25 percent) from the foul line, while the Golden Bucks were 8-of-16 (50 percent).

Boys basketball

Bucksport 65, Belfast 50

At Bucksport Nov. 28, the Golden Bucks pulled away from the Lions in the second half en route to the win. Bucksport led 17-15, 32-26 and 49-37 at the quarter breaks.

Bartlett keyed the Lions with 13 points, while Akles added nine; Veilleux, five; Lewis, Lightner and Kelley, four; and Payson, two.

Tyson Gray poured in 31 points to pace the Golden Bucks, while Cam Soper added eight; Jakob Donnell, seven; Cam Grindle, six; Logan Stanley, five; Ty Giberson, three; and Nate Russell and Brady Kennedy, two.

Bucksport was 13-of-18 (72 percent) from the foul line, while Belfast was 2-of-5 (40 percent).

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