Vikings, Eagles earn split in island regular-season finaleIslesboro, Vinalhaven expected to meet in girls prelim playoff
Islesboro — In a pair of high school games that were drastically different in overall play and postseason implications, the Vinalhaven and Islesboro boys and girls basketball teams tipped off for the squads' final regular-season contests on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The girls game featured a pair of teams that could square off again in the coming days in a Western Class D preliminary playoff game, while the boys game featured a pair of teams on the outside of the postseason picture, playing their final game of the year.
In the end, the two schools settled for a split on the night, with the Islesboro girls prevailing 53-46 and the Vinalhaven boys winning 64-34.
The Vikings led by three points heading into the third quarter, but the Eagles rallied and stretched their edge to 10 points midway through the fourth quarter.
Vinalhaven cut its deficit to two points late, but Islesboro capitalized on Viking turnovers and pulled away to pick up the win.
Viking Ashley Hamilton poured in 28 points in the loss, despite being diagnosed with a strained knee ligament after the team's weekend contests with Jonesport-Beals.
"She basically played on one leg," said Vinalhaven coach Alan Lazaro. "She hobbled around and had her usual big game for us."
Lazaro said Hamilton's doctor cleared her to play, but plans to use her sparingly if at all in practice between now and the playoffs.
Ellie Reidy netted seven points for the Vikings, while Ryann Warren added six and Eliza Davidson five for the Vikings.
Information for Islesboro was unavailable.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Islesboro (8-10, 22.6235 points) is eighth, while Vinalhaven (5-13, 19.4444 points) is ninth. Rangeley (16-1, 81.2492 points) is first in the 13-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
It appears, if everything holds to form, that Vinalhaven will play at Islesboro in a preliminary playoff game next week for a spot in the Western Class D tournament at the Augusta Civic Center.
The Vikings were never tested in the contest, leading 22-7, 35-15 and 48-29 at the quarter breaks.
Justin Newton tossed in 14 points for the winners, while Byron Thomas added 13; Scott James, eight; Ben Beckman and Hayden Jones, both six; Shane Carlsen and Everett Webster, both five; and Doug Day, Austin Christensen, Ian Dyer and Lewis Cray, all two.
For Islesboro, Finn Conte scored 19 points, while Forrest Boucher added eight; Cameron Jack, seven; and Brennan Bourque, two.
Vinalhaven was 8-of-20 (40 percent) from the foul line, while Islesboro netted 16-of-39 (41 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven (5-13, 11.7556 points) is 11th, while Islesboro (2-16, 1.1111 point) is 13th. Forest Hills of Jackman (16-2, 98.9810 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
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