High school girls basketball

Real road trip: Vikings land long way from home, drop prelim playoff

Searsport makes 175-mile, three-hour trip to near Canadian border to play Class C North game against Central Arootook
By Staff | Feb 12, 2020

Mars Hill — The No. 11 Searsport girls basketball teams logged many miles by bus on Tuesday, Feb. 11 as the Vikings trekked north — way, way north — for their Class C North prelim playoff game against No. 6 Central Aroostook.

The road-weary Vikings — who traveled 175 miles and nearly three hours one way — converted only one first-quarter field goal and three through the first half as the Panthers put the high school court game out of reach by halftime and prowled to a 78-37 victory.

With the win, Central Aroostook (15-4) advances to the quarterfinals, where it will face No. 3 Fort Fairfield (17-2) on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Searsport saw its season wrap at 8-11.

“I thought we played pretty well,” said Central Aroostook coach Dillon Kingsbury. “We got off to a slow start offensively, but that’s OK when you play defense like we did in the first quarter. I loved our team’s intensity and togetherness. It’s great to see this time of year when it’s needed most.”

Searsport coach Mel Grant said his team was a little under the weather, but added, “We just got beat by a better team.”

In Tuesday's prelim playoff, Central Aroostook led 9-3 after the first quarter before it extended its advantage to 32-10 at halftime and 57-25 after three quarters.

Makenzie Alley led the Vikings with 22 points — with 15 of those points coming off of five 3-pointers — while Abby Stemp tallied 11 and Abby Astbury and Sarah Gent two.

The Panthers were led by Breann Bradbury and Maci Beals, who combined to net 48 of the team’s 78 points in the lopsided win.

Bradybury tossed in 27 and Beals 21, while Libby Grass added 11; Kira Fitzherbert, eight; Sydney Garrison, seven; Abigail Haines, four; and Liberty Fulton, three.

Searsport was 6-of-7 (86 percent) from the foul line, while Central Aroostook was 8-of-16(50 percent).

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

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