It was a tough start to the 2021-22 high school basketball season for the Mount View, Belfast and Searsport hardwood teams as five squads were dealt losses.

In road games on Saturday, Dec. 11, the Lions were downed by Bucksport, while the Mustangs came up on the short end against Ellsworth.

On Monday, Dec. 13, the Viking girls also fell on the road against Penquis of Milo.

The following is a recap of reported results:

Girls

Penquis 30, Searsport 23

At Milo Dec. 13, the Patriots held the Vikings scoreless in the fourth quarter and earned the victory. The squads were tied 6-6 after the first quarter, while Penquis took a 19-12 lead at halftime and 25-23 lead after three quarters.

Julianna Sprague paced Searsport with 10 points, while Kyla Perkins added five; Baileigh Bagley, four; and Emily Mello and Maura Warman, two.

Addison Conklin led Penquis with 11 points, while Aileen Strout added eight; Angela Bryden, seven; and Jessica Bouchard and Rachel Bouchard, two.

The Vikings were 6-of-19 (32 percent) from the foul line, while the Patriots were 2-of-12 (17 percent).

Bucksport 34, Belfast 30

At Bucksport Dec. 11, the Golden Bucks prevailed over the Lions in a back-and-forth, low-scoring affair. The opponents were tied 8-8 after the first quarter, while Bucksport led 17-16 at halftime. Belfast took a 27-26 advantage after three quarters.

Halle Tripp netted 12 points to pace the Lions, while Madison Deans added seven; Natalie Hamlin, six; Madison Goodwin, three; and Audri Goodwin and Jayden Philbrook, one.

Jetta Shook keyed the Golden Bucks with 11 points, while Faith Vincent added eight; Sam Cyr and Rylee Coombs, four; Makayla Miller, three; and Kaitlyn Flannery and Mercedes Taungatoa, two.

Belfast was 3-of-11 (27 percent) from the foul line, while Bucksport finished 3-of-14 (21 percent).

Ellsworth 69, Mount View 49

At Ellsworth Dec. 11, the Eagles pulled away from the Mustangs in the fourth quarter and prevailed by 20 points. Ellsworth led 15-13 after the first quarter, while Mount View led 27-25 at halftime. The Eagles retook a 43-35 edge after three quarters.

Hannah Coolen scored 23 points for Mount View, while Kricket Thompson added nine; Ari Bradeen and Kayleigh Dunton, five; Savannah Lorenz, four; and Syd Vogel, three.

Grace Jaffrey paced Ellsworth with 16 points, while Morgan Clifford added 14; Abby Radel, 13; Megan Jordan, 12; Lily Bean, five; Jocelyn Jordan, four; Brooke Ririe, three; and Aaliyah Manning, two.

The Mustangs finished 13-of-22 (59 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 14-of-23 (61 percent).

Boys

Bucksport 65, Belfast 44

At Bucksport Dec. 11, the Golden Bucks slowly and methodically distanced themselves from the Lions and emerged victorious. Bucksport led 13-7, 26-18 and 42-33 at the quarter breaks.

James Ritter scored 18 points to lead Belfast, while K.J. Payson added 15; Zepherin Leppanen and Zeke Slaughter, three; Drew Abelon, two; and Westley Dyer, one.

Ty Giberson pumped in 22 points for Bucksport, while Thomas Thompson, Caden Blackwood, Evan Donnell and Colin Simpson added eight; Jake Williams, four; Sione Taungatua, three; and Kamryn Webber and Gunny Cyr, two.

The Lions were 6-of-11 (54 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Golden Bucks netted 17-of-19 (89 percent) attempts.

Ellsworth 72, Mount View 55

At Ellsworth Dec. 11, the Eagles soared past the Mustangs and to their first win of the campaign. Ellsworth led 21-14, 34-24 and 53-42 at the quarter breaks.

Declan Knowlton led the Mustangs with 18 points, while Noah Hurd added 14; Draedyn Furrow, 12; Tyler Russell, five; and Isaac Ellis, Wyatt Evensen and Collin Jones, two.

Chance Mercier netted 24 points for the Eagles, while Hunter Curtis added 23; Gage Hardy, 10; Brett Bragdon, five; Michael Palmer, four; Eamon MacDonald, three; and Peter Keblinsky, one.

Mount View was 10-of-18 (56 percent) from the foul line, while Ellsworth was 16-of-22 (73 percent).

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