Buckfield tops Vinalhaven in three of four weekend games
Vinalhaven — The Vinalhaven basketball teams hosted their first games of the new year Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4-5, as the Vikings squared off against Buckfield in a pair of doubleheaders.
In the end, the Bucks ferried off the island with three wins in four games, with the Vikings boys dropping a pair to the visitors and the Vikings girls earning a split in their respective contests.
The following is a recap of the weekend's reported results:
Buckfield 38, Vinalhaven 32
At Vinalhaven Jan. 5, the Vikings could not hold off the visiting Bucks and fell by six points. Vinalhaven led 13-6 after the first quarter, while Buckfield took an 18-17 halftime lead and a 25-24 edge after three quarters.
Lewis Cray scored eight points for the Vikings, while Shane Carlsen added seven; Hayden Jones, six; Austin Christensen, five; Justin Newton, four; and Scott James, two.
For Buckfield, Tyler Goyette scored 15 points, while Keenan Stockdale added 13 and Jonah Williams seven.
Vinalhaven netted 10-of-22 (45 percent) from the charity stripe, while Buckfield converted 12-of-36 (61 percent).
Buckfield 35 Vinalhaven 28
At Vinalhaven Jan. 4, the Vikings bolted to an early lead, but the Bucks galloped back into the game and went on to a seven-point victory. Vinalhaven led 13-8 after the first quarter, while Buckfield took a 19-17 lead at the half and a 24-22 lead after three quarters.
Hayden Jones scored 10 points for the islanders, while Shane Carlsen added nine; Scott James, four; Austin Christensen, three; and Lewis Cray, two.
For Buckfield, Tyler Goyette scored 11 points, while Jonah Williams added nine and Robert Rowe seven.
The Vikings netted 3-of-14 (21 percent) from the foul line, while the Bucks were 11-of-26 (42 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven (1-7, 0.7716 points) is 12th, while Hyde School of Bath (6-0, 18.0027 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
Buckfield 40, Vinalhaven 37
At Vinalhaven Jan. 5, the Vikings nearly rallied back from a 17-point deficit, but "ran out of time" and fell by three points, said Viking coach Alan Lazaro. Buckfield led 12-4, 24-8 and 37-20 at the quarter breaks.
Keying Vinalhaven were Ashley Hamilton (19 points, 11 rebounds, 6 steals, assist), Warren (10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, assist), Eliza Davidson (4 points, 4 steals), Andrea Shane (2 points), Ellie Reidy (point, 8 rebounds) and Ashley Davis-Oakes (point, 2 rebounds).
For Buckfield, Nadia Westley scored 12 points, while Michelle Mason added eight and Aakuta Warren six.
The Vikings were 19-of-37 (51 percent) from the free-throw line, while Buckfield netted 4-of-6 (67 percent).
Vinalhaven 44, Buckfield 29
At Vinalhaven Jan. 4, the islanders distanced themselves from the Bucks in the second quarter and surged to their fourth win of the season. Buckfield led 10-9 after the first eight minutes, while Vinalhaven led 21-12 at halftime and 34-18 after three quarters.
Leading the Vikings on offense were Ashley Hamilton (20 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals, assist), Ellie Reidy (10 points, 10 rebounds), Ryann Warren (9 points, 6 rebounds), Eliza Davidson (2 points, 2 rebounds, assist, 2 steals), Bethany Candage (2 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals) and Ashley Davis-Oakes (point, rebound).
For Buckfield, Nadia Westley scored 11 points, while Michelle Mason added six and Gabby Therrian four.
The Vikings were 16-of-23 (70 percent) from the foul line, while the Bucks attempted no free throws.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven (4-4, 7.0409 points) is sixth, while Richmond (5-2, 12.0261 points) is first in the 13-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
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