High school boys and girls basketball

Lions split with Eagles in Dec. 22 holiday week hoopla

Belfast boys net second win of season on road against Ellsworth
By Staff | Dec 26, 2017

The Belfast basketball teams weathered the storm on Friday, Dec. 22 and — though nearly the entire Midcoast high school athletic schedule was wiped out due to the forecast of snow — squared off with Ellsworth in their final games before the holiday break.

The Waldo County teams managed a split on the afternoon as the Lion boys posted a 57-54 road win in Ellsworth, while the Lion girls were dealt a 61-28 loss at home.

The following is a recap of those contests:

Boys basketball

Belfast 57, Ellsworth 53

At Ellsworth Dec. 22, the Lions put the Eagles in an early hole and the hosts never fully recovered as the visitors held on for a four-point win. Belfast led 20-10, 31-20 and 39-35 at the quarter breaks.

Jason Bartlett led Belfast with a 15-point effort, while Chris Kelley tallied 12; Aaron Fuller, nine; Stanley Sturgis, seven; Dakoda Doolan, five; Skylar Perkins, four; Tyler Bartlett, three; and Luke Lightner, two.

Jackson Curtis netted 22 points to lead Ellsworth, while Zach Harris added nine; Jared Hamilton, eight; Connor Crawford and Devin Grindle, three; and Sam Giffin, Andrew McCullough, Darby Barry and Javon Williams, two.

The Lions were 15-of-23 from the foul line (including a blistering 10-of-10 from the foul line by Bartlett), while the Eagles were 7-of-9 (78 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (2-2, 2.9012 points) is eighth, while Mount Desert Island (4-0, 8.2099 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls basketball

Ellsworth 61, Belfast 28

At Belfast Dec. 22, the Eagles soared past the Lions. Ellsworth led 18-3, 36-12 and 48-17 at the quarter breaks.

Grace Fitzjurls scored eight points for the Lions, while Junne Robertson-McIntire added seven; Macy Gale, five; Alison Defeo, three; Kayci Faulkingham and Leah Marriner, two; and Oceana Pacholski-Procter, one.

Katelyn Bagley and Trinity Montigny scored 14 points for the Eagles, while Hannah Sargent added 12; Kylie Robidoux, eight; Kayla Duhaime, seven; Sara Shea, four; and Samantha Carter, two.

Belfast was 10-of-16 (62 percent) from the charity stripe, while Ellsworth was 9-of-12 (75 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (0-5, no points) is 12th, while Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (3-0, 7.7778 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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