High school boys and girls basketball

Waldo County court teams battle foes down home stretch

By Staff | Feb 06, 2018

It was an up-and-down week on the hardwood for squads from Searsport, Belfast and Mount View as a mixed bag of results were served up from Monday to Saturday, Jan. 29 to Feb. 3.

The Searsport girls went 0-4 in recent days, with three of those four contests coming against undefeated teams.

The Vikings dropped a 39-31 decision to Deer Isle-Stonington Monday, on the heels of battling with undefeated and defending state Class D champion Vinalhaven until the final buzzer before dropping the second of two games to the islanders 56-55. The Viking girls also dropped a recent game to Penobscot Valley of Howland.

The Searsport boys and Mount View girls also netted recent wins as the Vikings bested Central of Corinth and North Haven, while the Mustangs beat Erskine Academy of South China.

Both Lion teams were downed to Maranacook of Readfield and the Mustang boys to the Eagles Feb. 2, while the Mustang boys and girls fell to Waterville Jan. 29.

The following is a recap of reported results:

Girls basketball

Deer Isle-Stonington 39, Searsport 31

At Deer Isle Feb. 5, the Mariners outlasted the Vikings to finish the regular season with an undefeated record. It is the third straight game that Searsport faced an undefeated foe, dropping its previous two contests on the road against Vinalhaven.

Searsport led 10-6 after the first quarter, while Deer Isle-Stonington led 15-14 at halftime and 22-19 after three quarters.

Mikaela Alley scored nine points for Searsport, while Audrey Walker added seven; Ashten Wells, six; Brooklynn Alberts and Casey Snow, four; and Abby Stemp, one.

Brie Limeburner scored 10 points for Deer Isle-Stonington, while Katie Hutchinson added eight; Lily Gray and Kaylee Morey, seven; Rylee Eaton, five; and Orly Vaughn, two.

The Vikings were 5-of-6 (83 percent) from the foul line, while the Mariners were 12-of-17 (71 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Searsport (6-11, 19.4444 points) is 16th, while Houlton (17-0, 214.9383 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Vinalhaven 56, Searsport 55

At Vinalhaven Feb. 3, the islanders erased a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter and bested the visitors to finish the regular season undefeated. Vinalhaven led 8-7 after the first quarter, while Searsport led 24-14 at halftime and 39-31 after three quarters.

Mikaela Alley scored 12 points to lead a balanced Searsport scoring attack, while Ashten Wells and Brooklynn Alberts added 11; Abby Stemp, eight; Casey Snow, seven; Audrey Walker, four; and Emma Spiegel, two.

Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes poured in 25 points for Vinalhaven, while Paige Dennison added 10; Ashlyn Littlefield, seven; Amber Shane and Cheyenne Bickford, six; and Déja Doughty, two.

Searsport was 15-of-25 (60 percent) from the foul line, while Vinalhaven was 8-of-12 (67 percent).

Vinalhaven 55, Searsport 37

At Vinalhaven Feb. 2, the islanders netted an 18-point win over the visitors in a battle of the Vikings. Searsport led 11-9 after the first quarter, while Vinalhaven led 26-17 at halftime and 42-25 after three quarters.

Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes scored 19 points for Vinalhaven, while Ashlyn Littlefield added 11; Déja Doughty and Amber Shane, seven; Cheyenne Bickford, six; and Paige Dennison, five.

Brooklynn Alberts scored eight points for Searsport, while Ashten Wells and Mikaela Alley added six; Audrey Walker and Casey Snow, five; Abby Stemp, three; and Makenzie Alley and Emma Spiegel, two.

The islanders were 7-of-9 (78 percent) from the foul line, while the visitors were 5-of-12 (42 percent).

Mount View 43, Erskine Academy 38

At Thorndike Feb. 2, the Mustangs netted a five-point win over the Eagles. Mount View led 7-4, 15-14 and 30-22 at the quarter breaks.

Shala Davis tossed in 17 points for the winners, while Andrea Crosby added 12; Kate Bennett, six; Paula Miller, five; Alex Fountain, two; and Sophia King, one.

Alyssa Savage led the Eagles with 14 points, while Jordan Linscott added 10; Lydia Boucher, six; Joanna Linscott and Bailey Cloutier, three; and Liz Sugg, two.

Both the Mustangs and Eagles were 8-of-14 (57 percent) from the charity stripe.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Mount View (5-11, 23.2716 points) is 13th, while John Bapst (14-3, 126.8519 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Penobscot Valley 50, Searsport 34

At Howland Jan. 29, the Howlers bested the Vikings by 16 points. Penobscot Valley led 12-6, 21-18 and 33-31 at the quarter breaks.

Brooklynn Alberts scored 11 points for Searsport, while Casey Snow added eight; Ashten Wells, six; Mikaela Alley, four; Audrey Walker, three; and Makenzie Alley, two.

Lexi Ireland scored 25 points for Penobscot Valley, while Lainey Harding added 10; Leine McKechnie, five; Jude Ireland, four; and Emily St. Cyr and Kortney McKechnie, three.

The Vikings were 6-of-13 (46 percent) from the foul line, while the Howlers were 14-of-25 (56 percent).

Waterville 49, Mount View 36

At Waterville Jan. 30, the Purple Panthers prowled past the Mustangs. Waterville led 20-6, 29-12 and 38-22 at the quarter breaks.

Andrea Crosby scored 16 points for Mount View, while Alex Fountain and Shala Davis added seven and Paula Miller six.

Sadie Garling scored 14 points for Waterville, while Madeleine Martin added 10; Lindsay Given, nine; Abigail Saucier, eight; Paige St. Pierre, six; and Mackenzie St. Pierre, two.

The Mustangs were 7-of-11 (63 percent) from the foul line, while the Purple Panthers were 10-of-15.

Boys basketball

Maranacook 74, Belfast 39

At Belfast Feb. 2, the Black Bears avenged an earlier loss to the Lions by netting a lopsided win. Maranacook led 18-9, 39-20 and 54-31 at the quarter breaks.

Chris Kelley paced the Lions with 14 points, while Jason Bartlett added 12; Dakota Payson, six; Luke Lightner, three; and Stanley Sturgis and Dakota Doolan, two.

Silas Mohlar scored 19 points for the Black Bears, while Cash McClure and Micah Root added 13; Aric Belanger, seven; Dan Garand, five; Bryan Riley and Garrett Whitten, four; Elijas Berghdal, three; and Tim Worster and Jarred Schmidt, two.

Belfast was 1-of-3 (33 percent) from the foul line, while Maranacook was 6-of-10 (60 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (6-10, 39.0123 points) is ninth, while Hermon (17-0, 176.3580 points) is first in 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Searsport 66, North Haven 27

At North Haven Feb. 3, the Vikings held the Hawks to one first-quarter field goal and surged past the hosts. Searsport led 18-2, 33-7 and 49-14 at the quarter breaks.

Isaiah Runci scored 33 points for Searsport, while Charlie Spiegel added 10; Colby Snow, nine; Connor Kneeland, six; Gabe Kneeland, three; Ben Powell and Gabe Poulin, two; and George Dakin, one.

Brandon Brown scored 13 points for North Haven, while Peyton Cooper added eight and Tyrese Edwards and Vincent Colvino three.

The Vikings were 11-of-18 (61 percent) from the foul line, while the Hawks were 5-of-11 (45 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Searsport (8-9, 27.0525 points) is 16th, while George Stevens Academy (15-1, 121.9753 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

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