BELFAST — The electricity in the school’s gymnasium, absent in 2020 due to pandemic safety restrictions, was back in all its glory on Thursday night, Dec. 2 as spectators, including a spirited, joyous student section and even cheerleaders, reveled in high school preseason basketball action between Camden Hills of Rockport and Belfast.

In the end, the visiting Windjammers pulled out victories, but the outcomes did not matter as much as the student-athletes who played ball in front of cheering supporters.

Belfast’s Halle Tripp, left, and Camden Hills’ Tessa Whitley. Photo by Ken Waltz

The games were tight affairs early before the visitors pulled away for the wins.

The Camden Hills boys won 66-50 and Windjammer girls prevailed 39-27.

In the boys contest, Camden Hills led 9-8, 34-25 and 54-39 at the quarter breaks.

Belfast cheerleaders perform on the baseline. Photo by Ken Waltz

Westen DeWaard paced the Windjammers with 16 points as he also made 6-of-8 free throws (75 percent). His points came in the first three quarters.

Also for the visitors, Ryan Clifford added 11 points; Dylan Morgenstern, Liam O’Neill and Yanuel Rivera Rivera, seven; Quincy Messer, six; Aiden O’Connell, four; Hunter Bell and Hunter Norton, three; and Julien Mayhorn, one.

Belfast’s Patrick McConnell, left, and Camden Hills’ Quincy Messer. Photo by Ken Waltz

Camden Hills netted six three-pointers, including two from Clifford and one from O’Neill, Bell, O’Connell and Mayhorn. The visitors made 13-of-30 free throws (43 percent).

For Belfast, Patrick O’Connell tallied 13 points; K.J. Payson, eight; James Ritter and Liam O’Connell, six; Keegan McGowan and Westley Dyer, four; Rico Washington, two; and Zepherin Leppanen, one.

The Lions netted three treys, including two from Payson and one from Patrick O’Connell. The hosts also connected on 11-of-24 free throws (46 percent).

Belfast’s Maddie Deans, left, and Camden Hills’ Ella Powers. Photo by Ken Waltz

In the girls game, the Camden Hills led 5-0 after the first quarter, 13-10 at halftime and 23-16 after three stanzas.

For the Windjammers, Olivia Brown scored 10 points; Ella Graffam, eight; Tessa Whitley, Bailey Curtis and Lauren Howland, four; Mattie Luce, three; and Mila Bonometti, Lili Clement and Anna Jordan, two.

Camden Hills made 16-of-23 foul shots (70 percent) and Brown netted the lone trey.

For Belfast, Halle Tripp tallied 11 points, as she netted 9-of-11 free throws (82 percent). Also for the Lions, Maddie Deans scored eight points; and Audri Goodwin and Natalie Hamlin, four.

Goodwin also finished with six rebounds and three blocked shots, while Deans grabbed three caroms.

The hosts got two three-pointers from Deans and netted 9-0f-16 foul shots (56 percent).