THORNDIKE — In sports, a fast start almost always results in a positive finish.

The Mount View girls basketball team demonstrated that on Tuesday night, Dec. 14 as the host Mustangs used a fast start, strong middle and sensational finish to secure their first win of the 2021-22 campaign, this time a 48-19 victory over Waldo County high school athletic rival and neighbor Belfast.

Mount View’s Hannah Coolen. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Mustangs increased comfortable advantages throughout the 32-minute affair and withstood a few Lion pushbacks during the night.

Mount View led 14-6, 25-10 and 39-13 at the quarter breaks.

Belfast’s Maddie Deans. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Mustangs were led by Hannah Coolen with 15 points and 19 rebounds, including nine on the offensive glass. She had the team’s two three-pointers.

What makes Coolen’s work on the backboards so impressive is she usually is one of the shorter players on the court, but also one of the most talented, athletic and determined.

Mount View’s Kricket Thompson, back, and Belfast’s Audri Goodwin. Photo by Ken Waltz

Also for the hosts, Kayleigh Dunton (12 points, 9 rebounds), Ari Bradeen (10 points, 9 rebounds), Kricket Thompson (3 points, 10 rebounds), Savannah Lorenz (2 points, 8 rebounds, including 6 offensive boards), Brooke Dyer (2 points, 2 rebounds), Guilia Ferrando (2 points, 2 rebounds), Syd Vogel (4 rebounds) and Carli Finn (2 points) chipped in.

Belfast’s Natalie Hamlin, with ball, Audri Goodwin (12) and Jaiden Philbrook (21), along with Mount View’s Ari Bradeen, right, and Kayleigh Dunton. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Mustangs made 2-of-5 foul shots (40 percent).

For Belfast, Audri Goodwin tallied five points; Natalie Hamlin and Jaiden Philbrook, four; Maddie Deans, three; Trista Bailey, two; and Kara Richards, one.

The Lions made 4-of-8 foul shots (50 percent) and Deans netted the squad’s only trey.