Islands collide: Hawks, Vikings forge split in doubleheaderNorth Haven boys unbeaten at 3-0, Vinalhaven girls earn first win
North Haven — Two of Penobscot Bay's three landlocked schools took to the court Wednesday night, Dec. 12 in a pair of contests, which pitted the Vinalhaven against host North Haven in a high school basketball doubleheader.
In the end the two schools split the difference, with the Hawk boys holding court with a 50-46 win, while the Viking girls overcame a first-quarter deficit and surged to a 47-31 win over the Hawks.
In the girls game, the Hawks (0-3) soared to a lead in the first quarter, but both their inexperience and lack of depth became factors as the game wore on and the Vikings (1-2) came away with the win.
North Haven has only seven players on this year's team, with the oldest player being a sophomore.
North Haven led 15-7 after the first quarter, while Vinalhaven took a 21-19 halftime edge and extended its advantage to 36-21 after three quarters.
Ashley Hamilton scored 17 points for the Vikings, while Ryann Warren added 11; Ellie Reidy, seven; Bethany Candage and Taylor Littlefield, both four; and Sarah James and Ashley Davis-Oakes, both two.
For the Hawks, Maddie Hallowell scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Also contributing to the home attack were Gina MacDonald (6 points, 9 rebounds), Mya Goodell (2 points, 7 rebounds), Adrianna Ames (2 points), Kennady Cooper (2 points) and Sam Sparhawk (point, 10 rebounds).
The game started out well for the Hawks with Hallowell connecting for 13 points — including three treys — in the first quarter.
However, the Hawks' offensive attack was grounded for the remainder of the game, as the hosts tallied only 18 points over the final 24 minutes as the experienced Vikings began to take over the game.
The Hawks shot 50 percent from the foul line, but turned the ball over 28 times, allowing the Vikings to run away with the game.
"The third quarter was a killer for us [scoring only two points], but, other than that, the girls played a fantastic game," said Hawk coach Roman Cooper, who also coaches the North Haven boys team. "I was very impressed with their defense and their ability to move the ball. It was a really great contest."
In the boys game, the two teams proved to evenly-matched, but it was a late 3-pointer from Avery Waterman that pushed the Hawks over the top and to a 3-0 record.
The two squads were knotted at 46-46 when Waterman hit a trey with less than two minutes to go. He later added a free throw with less than 10 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game and put the game out of reach for the Vikings (0-3).
Cooper said it was an important win for the Hawks as the Vikings have had the "mental edge" over them in recent years.
Vinalhaven led 16-11 after the first quarter, while the two teams were knotted 27-27 at halftime. The Vikings then took a 40-36 cushion after three quarters.
The Hawks played a defensive zone for much of the game, but made the switch to fullcourt man-to-man defense in the fourth, which "kind of rattled Vinalhaven, I think," said Cooper.
Waterman poured in 24 points and hauled down eight rebounds for the winners, while also contributing to the offense were Daulton Hornby (11 points), Zeb Campbell (7 points, 5 rebounds), Aidan Emerson (6 points) and Ethan Taylor (2 points, 12 rebounds).
For Vinalhaven, Scott James poured in 20 points, while Byron Thomas added 11; Shane Carlsen, seven; Hayden Jones, five; and Ben Beckman, three.
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