Mariners, Windjammers, Hawks, Panthers among opening weekend winnersNorth Haven splits with Islesboro, Oceanside, Camden Hills strong, Murray sinks winner
The high school boys and girls basketball seasons are now underway, officially kicking off the winter sports season for schools throughout the Midcoast.
Many squads had successful first games, including the Oceanside, Camden Hills and Islesboro girls, as well as the Medomak Valley and North Haven boys.
Oceanside 45, Winslow 35
At Winslow Dec. 7, the Mariners (1-0) outscored the host Black Raiders (0-1) 11-0 in the second quarter and held serve from there, prevailing by 10 points. The score was knotted 9-9 after the first eight minutes, while Oceanside took a 20-9 lead at halfime and extended its advantage to 33-18 after three quarters.
Kennadi Grover poured in 27 points to lead the Mariners, while Hannah Plourde added 12; Emma Davis and Makenna Brooks, both two; and Phoebe Ferraiolo, one.
For Winslow, Devin Fitzgibbons tossed in 17 points, while Alyssa Wood added seven; Sarah Wildes and Megan Richards, both five; and Delaney Wood, three.
Oceanside was 14-of-25 (56 percent) from the free-throw line, while Winslow was 7-of-14 (50 percent)
Camden Hills 60, Waterville 34
At Waterville Dec. 7, the Windjammers (1-0) continued to distance themselves from the Purple Panthers (0-1) over the course of the game and sailed to a convincing victory. Camden Hills led 15-11, 29-20 and 43-26 at the quarter breaks.
Jordan Knowlton led the 'Jammers with a 21-point, 10 rebound, five-assist, three-steal effort, while also contributing for the visitors were Megan Legage (10 points, 2 steals, rebound), Rachel Pease (8 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals), Bekah Hilt (8 points, 2 rebounds, assist, steal), Annie Young (4 points, 3 steals, 2 rebounds), Kristina Alex (4 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), Hannah Wincklhofer (3 points, 2 rebounds) and Jaclyn Gilson (point, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, steal).
For Waterville, Colleen O'Donnell tossed in 15 points, while Jenna Gagnon added 10 and Alexa Frame nine.
Camden Hills converted 14-of-20 (70 percent) free throws, while Waterville made 13-of-24 (54 percent).
Islesboro 49, North Haven 17
At North Haven Dec. 17, the Hawks (0-2) could not match personnel with the visiting Eagles (2-0) and were downed in their home gym. Islesboro led 18-6, 24-8 and 37-12 at the quarter breaks.
Autumn Johnson scored 19 points for Islesboro, while Allana Govoni added nine; Ali Craig, seven; Caitlin Small, six; and Elle Snyder, Brandy Sienkiewicz, Krystal Randlett and Kayla Pendleton, all two.
Gina MacDonald tossed in 10 points for North Haven, while Maddie Hallowell added four; Mya Goodell, two; and Adriana Ames, one.
North Haven was 1-of-13 (7 percent) from the foul line, while Islesboro was 6-of-10 (60 percent).
North Haven coach Roman Cooper said Islesboro ran fullcourt pressure defense early in the game and "we were never able to recover." MacDonald pulled down eight rebounds for the Hawks, while Hallowell grabbed six and Samantha Sparhawk and Goodell both five.
Islesboro 42, North Haven 21
At North Haven Dec. 18, the Eagles doubled up the host Hawks, prevailing by 21 points. Islesboro led 9-7, 20-12 and 30-16 at the quarter breaks.
Hallowell tossed in nine points for North Haven, while Sparhawk added six; Goodell, four; and Ames, two.
For Islesboro, Craig scored 12 points, while Johnson added 10; Govani, nine; Snyder, four; Pendleton, three; and Sienkiewicz and Randlett, both two.
The Hawks were 0-of-9 from the foul line and the Eagles 4-of-12 (33 percent).
Despite shooting 17 percent from the field, coach Cooper was encouraged by his team's effort in its second game in less than 24 hours.
"Even though this game ended up much the same, it was a completely different contest," he said. "The girls played a much better game, with good hustling defense, and their passing was much better, with less turnovers."
Forest Hills 67, Vinalhaven 34
At Vinalhaven Dec. 7, the Vikings (0-2) could not contain the high-octane Tiger offense and fell in their season opener. Forest Hills (2-0) led 15-2, 36-8 and 59-20 at the quarter breaks.
Ashley Hamilton scored 10 points for the islanders, while Ellie Reidy added five; Eliza Davidson, Ashley Davis-Oakes, Ryann Warren and Skylar Sanborn, all four; and Sarah James, three.
Kori Cora poured in 25 points for the Tigers, while Anna Carrier added 12 and Dara McNally eight.
Vinalhaven was 10-of-29 (34 percent) from the foul line and Forest Hills 4-of-18 (22 percent).
Forest Hills 62, Vinalhaven 31
At Vinalhaven Dec. 8, the Vikings were doubled up by the visiting Tigers, dropping their second straight game. Forest Hills led 20-7, 38-11 and 48-21 at the quarter breaks.
Hamilton scored 12 points for Vinalhaven, while Reidy added eight; Bethany Candage, three; and Amber Shane, Warren, Davidson and James, all two.
Carrier dropped in 20 points for the Tigers, while Cora added 16 and McNally 10.
The Vikings were 9-of-18 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 6-of-15 (40 percent).
North Haven 81, Islesboro 17
At North Haven Dec. 7, the host Hawks (2-0) soared to victory over the visiting Eagles (0-2) to the tune of a 64-point margin. North Haven led 19-1, 43-12 and 60-16 at the quarter breaks.
Avery Waterman posted a triple-double, pouring in 37 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and making 14 steals to lead the Hawks, while Ethan Taylor and Dalton Hornby each chipped in 13 points; Aiden Emerson, 10; and Zeb Campbell and Adam Murphy, both four. Taylor also pulled down 18 rebounds, while Campbell compiled eight rebounds and six steals.
Cameron Jack scored six points for Islesboro, while Ben Rollins added four; Forrest Boucher, three; and Eli Legere and Job Chinsumran, both two.
The Hawks were 12-of-27 (44 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 4-of-8 (50 percent).
North Haven 65, Islesboro 25
At North Haven Dec. 8, the Hawks rolled in their second game in two days against the visiting Eagles, prevailing by an impressive 40 points. North Haven led 15-5, 31-11 and 49-14 at the quarter breaks.
Waterman poured in 23 points for the winners, while Hornby added 20; Taylor, 10; and Emerson and Campbell, both six.
Boucher and Jack each netted eight points for Islesboro, while Rollins, Chinsumran, Sagat and Dustin Reidy all added two and Jake Pellagrino, one.
The Hawks were 10-of-18 (56 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 8-of-13 (61 percent)
Waterman finished with 10 rebounds and nine steals in the win for the Hawks, while Taylor added 14 boards and Campbell six for North Haven.
"This game was much the same, it was just that our boys had a slower start," said coach Roman Cooper in reference to his team's previous night's win. "They never really found a rhythm, but were able to pull it together in spurts to pull out another convincing win."
Medomak Valley 56, Maranacook 54
At Readfield Dec. 7, the Panthers (1-0) scored the final 10 points of the game — and got the game-winner from senior John Murray with three seconds remaining — to pick up the win in the thrilling season-opener over the Black Bears (0-1).
Murray poured in 28 points, including his shot from inside the foul line to win the game, while Ryan Ripley added 11; Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet and Brandon Soper, both five; Micah Williamson, four; and Boone Olsen, two.
Jesse Evans netted 14 points for the Black Bears, while Kyle Boucher added 13 and Taylor Wilbur 12.
The Panthers were 15-of-18 (83 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Black Bears were 4-of-6 (67 percent).
Forest Hills 84, Vinalhaven 38
At Vinalhaven Dec. 7, the defending regional champion Tigers (2-0) had their way with the islanders and prevailed in convincing fashion. Forest Hills led 19-8, 44-15 and 70-22 at the quarter breaks.
Scott James netted nine points for Vinalhaven, while Hayden Jones added eight; Ben Beckman, six; Shane Carlsen and Byron Thomas, both five; Ian Dyer, three; and Caleb Dyer, two.
Evan Worster netted 20 points for Forest Hills, while Brandon Ouellette added 13 and Ryan Pietrin and Matt Turner both 11.
The Vikings were 4-of-8 (50 percent) from the foul line and the Tigers 10-of-14 (71 percent).
Forest Hills 76, Vinalhaven 26
At Vinalhaven Dec. 8, the Tigers picked up where the left off the previous night and roared past the host Vikings. Forest Hills led 16-9, 41-17 and 64-24 at the quarter breaks.
Thomas scored nine for the islanders, while James added six; Austin Christensen, five; and Lewis Cray and Carlsen, both three.
For Forest Hills, Turner dumped in 22 points, while Derek Ouellette added 20 and Brandon Ouellette 14.
The Vikings were 1-of-2 (50 percent) from the foul line and the Tigers 11-of-18 (61 percent).
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