BELFAST — The Waldo County rivalry game between the Belfast and Mount View girls basketball teams on Friday, Jan. 14 was a far cry from their first high school court contest of the season.

While that earlier clash was a lopsided win for the Mustangs 48-19, the latest was a down-to-the-wire affair that saw the Lions hold off the visitors in the waning minutes with made free throws — and get a bit of revenge in the process — en route to a 54-47 victory.

Belfast’s Audri Goodwin, right, and Mount View’s Ari Bradeen. Mustang Savannah Lorenz is at left. Photo by Mark Haskell

Mount View held a 17-15 lead after the first quarter, while Belfast rebounded for a 28-25 advantage at halftime and 39-35 edge after three stanzas.

Maddie Deans led the balanced Belfast scoring attack with 14 points, while Audri Goodwin and Jaiden Philbrook added 11; Danica Gray, eight; and Julie Darres, Adria Barrows and Natalie Hamlin, three.

Hannah Coolen keyed Mount View with 20 points and, with 975 career points, is 25 from her coveted 1,000th. Other Mustangs to reach 1,000 points were Emily Ellis, David Heslam, Kevin Roberts and John Herbert.

Mount View’s Hannah Coolen, middle, as well as Belfast’s Madison Deans (13) and Jayden Philbrook (21). Photo by Mark Haskell

In Friday’s game, Kricket Thompson also had 11 points for the visitors, while Sydney Vogel and Kayleigh Dunton added six; Arianna Bradeen, three; and Savannah Lorenz, one.

The foes combined to toss up 57 free throws and shot 57 percent from the charity stripe as the Lions were 17-of-30 and the Mustangs 15-of-27.

Belfast’s Danica Gray, left, and Mount View’s Hannah Coolen. Photo by Mark Haskell

The Lions improved to 2-7, while the Mustangs dropped to 4-6.

The first half was back-and-forth as the rivals combined for two ties and 10 lead changes over the first 16 minutes.

Dunton scored the game’s first hoop on a runner for Mount View, but Belfast rattled off seven in a row after a spin move on the block by Barrows, Deans’ three-pointer and Philbrook’s offensive putback to give the hosts a five-point lead.

The ‘Stangs then went on an 7-0 run — six of which came off a three-pointer and three-point play by Coolen — as the visitors retook a 9-7 edge.

Late in the second quarter, Hamlin’s three-pointer, ultimately, gave the Lions the lead for good at 27-25 with roughly a minute to play, though the Mustangs did not make it easy for the hosts.

Gray canned a three-pointer and Philbrook a short jumper to begin the third quarter as Belfast took its largest lead at 33-25, but a pair of free throws by Thompson later in the stanza helped the ‘Stangs cut their deficit to 35-33.

In the fourth, Thompson’s hoop down low brought Mount View within 41-38, but a pair of heads-up defensive plays by Goodwin — while Mount View looked to advance the ball out of the backcourt — resulted in two quick hoops from Goodwin.

Gray also hit a free throw between those two defensive plays as the Lions took a 46-38 advantage with 4:50 to play.

The ‘Stangs rattled off six straight — including a reverse layup off an offensive rebound by Coolen — and cut their deficit to 46-44 with 2:49 left.

Barrows’ free throw and another hoop from Coolen made the score 47-46 with 1:20 remaining, but the Lions went 7-of-10 (70 percent) from the charity stripe in the game’s waning seconds to pull away.