High school basketball

Viking players, coaches, fans leave happy after home-court sweep

In exciting early-season games, Searsport boys best Bangor Christian, girls down Sumner
By Mark Haskell | Dec 20, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Searsport's Kyla Perkins, right, and Sumner's Rachel Colby vie for rebound position on Dec. 19 in high school girls basketball action. The hot Vikings beat the Tigers of East Sullivan 52-35.

Searsport — The Searsport basketball teams sent its fans home happy at the end of an exciting court doubleheader on Thursday night, Dec. 19 as the Viking boys hosted Bangor Christian and girls Sumner of Sullivan in a pair of early-season high school contests.

In the first contest, the Viking girls pulled away from the Tigers in the second half to collect their first win of the season — a 52-35 triumph — while the host boys broke a tie with less than a second to go in regulation to slip past the Patriots 56-55.

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The following is a recap of recent Viking contests:

Boys

Searsport 56, Bangor Christian 55

At Searsport Dec. 19, the Vikings got a free throw with less than a second to play, which propelled them past the Patriots. Searsport led 17-10, 26-21 and 41-32 at the quarter breaks.

Colby Snow poured in 33 points to lead Searsport, while Josh Wright added 16; Cody Reynolds and Gage Ellis, three; and Gabe Kneeland, one.

Ryan Libbey led Bangor Christian with 14 points, while Kaeden Robert and Brady Reed added 10; David Stanley, nine; Conrad Straubel and Jason Libbey, six.

The Vikings finished 14-of-19 (74 percent) from the foul line, while the Patriots were 4-of-9 (44 percent).

The game was tied 55-55 with less than a second to play when Wright was fouled to set up a free-throw opportunity before a technical foul was also called on Bangor Christian.

That put Wright at the line with four chances to give the Vikings the win. He hit his second of four attempts to cement the win for the hosts.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Searsport (2-3, 1.6667 points) is 15th, while George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill (5-0, 12.1605 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls

Searsport 52, Sumner 35

At Searsport Dec. 19, the Vikings pulled away from the Tigers in the fourth quarter and netted their first win of the campaign. Searsport led 18-11, 26-23 and 40-31 at the quarter breaks.

Makenzie Alley scored 15 points for the winners, while Abby Stemp tallied 12; Abby Astbury, nine; Sarah Gent, six; and Kyla Perkins and Emma Spiegel, five.

Briana Flaherty and Rachel Colby netted nine points to lead Sumner, while Belinda Catherce added six; Raquel Barnes, five; Jenna French, four; and Mia Richardson, two.

The Vikings were 7-of-17 (41 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 3-of-12 (25 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Searsport (1-4, 0.5556 points) is 18th, while Stearns of Millinocket (6-0, 13.2716 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

George Stevens Academy 53, Searsport 44

At Blue Hill Dec. 16, the Vikings were dealt their fourth straight loss. GSA led 15-13, 30-18 and 40-27 at the quarter breaks.

Makenzie Alley led Searsport with 24 points, while Abby Astbury added nine; Abby Stemp, five; and Sarah Gent and Emma Spiegel, two.

Luna St. Peter netted 20 points for GSA, while Evelyn Dagan added 13; Vanessa Dagan, eight; Elli McMillan, four; and Silas Murnik, Amanda Dorr and Sophie Biggie, two.

The Vikings finished 15-of-34 (44 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 5-of-12 (42 percent).

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

Sumner at Searsport girls basketball
Searsport hosts Sumner on Dec. 19 in high school girls basketball. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Bangor Christian at Searsport boys basketball
Searsport hosts Bangor Christian on Dec. 19 in high school boys basketball. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Searsport's Kyla Perkins, middle, and Sumner's Belinda Catherton, left, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley, right, and Sumner's Rachel Colby. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Abby Astbury, middle, and Makenzie Alley, right, along with Sumner's Hannah Shorey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Abby Astbury, middle, and Makenzie Alley, right, along with Sumner's Hannah Shorey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Emma Spiegel, right, and Sumner's Brianna Flaherty. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Kyla Perkins, right, and Sumner's Rachel Colby. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley, right, and Sumner's Riley Flubacher. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley, right, and Sumner's Raquel Barnes. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley, right, and Sumner's Raquel Barnes. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley, back, Emma Spiegel, middle, and Sarah Gent, right, along with Sumner's Hannah Shorey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Laura Warman, left, and Sumner's Belinda Catherton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Laura Warman, left, and Sumner's Belinda Catherton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley, middle, Joanna Wilson, left, and Sarah Gent, right, along with Sumner's Rachel Colby. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow, back. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Gage Ellis, left, and Gabe Kneeland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Gage Ellis, left, and Gabe Kneeland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow, right, and Bangor Christian's Judah McNally. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Gage Ellis, middle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Steven Perkins, left, and Bangor Christian's Judah McNally. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Steven Perkins, left, and Bangor Christian's Judah McNally. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Gabe Kneeland, left, and Bangor Christian's David Stanley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Josh Wright. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Josh Wright. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Steven Perkins, left, and Bangor Christian's Judah McNally. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow, right, and Bangor Christian's Kevin Bell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Josh Wright. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Steven Perkins, middle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Josh Wright (3), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Josh Wright, back, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow, left, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow, left, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Cody Reynolds. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Cody Reynolds, middle, and Gabe Kneeland, right, along with Bangor Christian's Braady Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Gage Ellis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Josh Wright, middle, along with Bangor Christian's Judah McNally, left, and David Stanley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Gage Ellis. In background is Viking coach Dave Pepin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Steven Perkins, left, and Bangor Christian's David Stanley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Gabe Kneeland, right, and Bangor Christian's Judah McNally. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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