Hawks fly to Rangeley for season-ending splitNorth Haven boys prepare for Western Class D playoffs
Rangeley — The high school girls and boys basketball doubleheader between visiting North Haven and host Rangeley Tuesday night, Feb. 5 saw two teams tuning up for their final regular-season games in preparation for the playoffs, while two other squads were preparing to turn in their jerseys after a long campaign.
The two playoff-bound teams — the Hawk boys and Laker girls — took care of business Tuesday night, as they put their respective games out of reach early en route to a pair of convincing wins.
The North Haven boys were dominant from the opening tip to the final buzzer as they routed the Lakers 62-12, while the Rangeley girls did the same to their island opponents en route to a 74-33 win.
The Rangeley girls finished the regular season 16-1 and are the top seed for the upcoming Western Class D playoffs, while the Hawk boys wrapped up their campaign at 14-3 and are fifth in the same region.
The Hawks put any hopes the Lakers (2-14) had of ending the season with a win to bed in the first few minutes, capitalizing on many Rangeley turnovers that the islanders quickly turned into fastbreak hoops.
Ultimately, the Hawks' up-tempo game helped them run the Lakers out of the building as they scored 34 unanswered points to start the game before Rangeley's Michael Haley stopped the bleeding with a conventional three-point play midway through the second quarter.
North Haven led 25-0, 39-3 and 46-11 at the quarter breaks.
The Hawks outscored the Lakers 23-9 in the second half, with the islanders' focus turning to getting their reserves in the scoring column.
Nine of the 10 Hawk players tallied points, including Avery Waterman (20), Ethan Taylor (9), Aidan Emerson (8), Kaleb Campbell (5), Adam Murphy (5), Tristan Carrier (5), Zeb Campbell (5), Chase MacDonald (3) and Dalton Hornby (2).
For Rangeley, Haley scored seven points, while Orrin Mitchell added four and Cody Steward one.
The Hawks were 8-of-17 (47 percent) from the foul line, while the Lakers finished 3-of-9 (33 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, North Haven (14-3, 55.1028 points) is fifth, while Forest Hills of Jackman (16-2, 92.6153 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
The Hawks got on the board first on a nice runner off the glass from freshman Gina MacDonald, but the Lakers defended their home court with ease throughout all four quarters, quickly distancing themselves from the islanders.
Rangeley led 21-8 after the first quarter, 44-13 at halftime and 65-20 after three quarters.
The Lakers clamped down on the Hawks early and used their experience and depth to wear down the islanders, who have four wins on the season despite having only seven players — one sophomore, five freshmen and one eighth grader.
MacDonald poured in a game-high 22 points to lead North Haven, while Maddie Hallowell added seven and Adrianna Ames and Samantha Sparhawk both two.
For Rangeley, Seve Deery-Deraps netted 17 points, while Taylor Esty added 12; Blayke Morin, 11; Emina Gunic, 10; Abby Abbott, Tori Letarte and Michaela Shorey, all seven; and Valerie Roy-Lessard, three.
The Hawks were 4-of-8 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Lakers 19-of-26 (73 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, North Haven (4-12, 7.1528 points) is 13th (last), while Rangeley (16-1, 74.8222 points) is first in the 13-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at email@example.com.