Busline League girls basketball

Island memories: Vinalhaven nets unbeaten championship campaign

Vikings upend Woolwich to capture small school division crown
By Ken Waltz | Jan 26, 2014
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Vinalhaven's Déja Doughty (23) looks to dribble past a Woolwich defender during a Jan. 25 Busline League small school division girls championship basketball game at Lincolnville Central School. The islanders won 51-28.

Lincolnville — While taking ferry boat rides across Penobscot Bay to play games on the mainland may sometime be a hassle, the Vinalhaven girls middle school basketball team was more than happy to hit the water and the road, especially if it meant bringing a Busline League small school division championship back to the island.

And the Vikings did that with a convincing 51-28 win over Woolwich Central School on Saturday, Jan. 25 in the league title game at Lincolnville Central School.

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With the win, No. 1 Vinalhaven sealed a perfect 13-0 season, while No. 3 Woolwich finished 10-4.

Vinalhaven includes Déja Doughty, Paige Dennison, Gilleyanne Oakes, Ashlyn Littlefield, Cheyenne Bickford, Amber Shane, Marina Davis and Lily Warren. The head coach is Sam Bickford.

Woolwich includes Julia Cliffe, Sydney McCaren, Tea Kipler, Nadia Leiner, Sara Graveo, Delaney Young, Taylor Ramsey, Naomi Cummings, Annalycia Morales, India DeRoseby, Tanisha McKenzie, Hannah Card and Rosa Atenza. The coach is Julie Elwell.

The islanders cemented Saturday's victory thanks to tremendous foul shooting and strong individual performances from several players, keyed by Doughty and Dennison.

Vinalhaven led 12-6, 24-20 and 43-24 at the quarter breaks.

The Vikings made 23-of-32 free throws (72 percent) and Woolwich 12-of-26 (46 percent).

Doughty finished with 19 points; Dennison, 14; Bickford, nine; Oakes, seven; and Littlefield, two. Doughty netted 11-of-14 free throws (79 percent). Doughty scored 17 of her points in the first half when the game ultimately was decided. Dennison finished with 10 points in the second half.

For Woolwich, McKenzie tallied 19 points; Atenza, four; Kipler and Graveo, both two. McKenzie scored 12 points in the second quarter.

Earlier in the playoffs, the Wildcats defeated No. 6 Appleton and No. 2 Hope to advance, while the Vikings defeated No. 8 Jefferson and No. 4 Lincolnville to move on.

Woolwich versus Vinalhaven girls basketball
Woolwich and Vinalhaven battle Jan. 25 in the Busline League small school division girls basketball championship game at Lincolnville Central School. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Susanne Woodcock | Jan 26, 2014 18:16

Well played game by both teams!  Great job Vikings!

 



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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.

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