Vinalhaven court teams toil on road against BuckfieldViking girls split with Bucks, island boys remain winless
Buckfield — While it was not an overly successful road trip, the Vinalhaven basketball teams did not come away empty-handed as the island squads played doubleheaders against host Buckfield on Saturday, Jan. 4.
The Viking girls garnered a split with the Bucks, winning the late game 50-33 and falling 50-40 in the early contest. The Viking boys fell 57-38 in their late game with the Bucks after falling 60-38 in the day's afternoon contest.
Two of the four games were supposed to be on Friday, Jan. 3, but were pushed to Saturday due to inclement weather.
The following is a recap of all four Saturday games:
Vinalhaven 50, Buckfield 33
At Buckfield Jan. 4, the Vikings salvaged a split on the day's doubleheader with the host Bucks. Buckfield led 9-8 after the first quarter, while Vinalhaven led 24-23 at halftime and 37-27 after three quarters.
Ashley Hamilton scored 17 points for the winners, while Bailey Wadleigh added 15; Ellie Reidy, seven; Virginia Wadleigh, four; Bethany Candage, three; and Taylor Littlefield and Andrea Shane, both two.
Brianna Dunn, Nadia Wesley and Gabby Theriault all scored six points for Buckfield, while Ashley Campbell added four.
The Vikings were 19-of-27 (70 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Bucks were 2-of-5 (40 percent).
Buckfield 50, Vinalhaven 40
At Buckfield Jan. 4, the Bucks pulled away from the Vikings in the second half en route to a 10-point win. Vinalhaven led 9-7 after the first quarter, while Buckfield took a 16-15 lead at halftime and a 37-28 lead after three quarters.
Ryann Warren and Hamilton scored 13 points to lead the Vikings, while Bailey Wadleigh added six; Skylar Sanborn, four; and Littlefield and Hannah Noyes, two.
Wesley scored 12 points for Buckfield, while Dunn added 10; and Theriault and Campbell, both nine.
The Vikings were 10-of-22 (45 percent) from the foul line, while the Bucks were 3-of-4 (75 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven (5-3, 6.9898 points) is fourth, while Forest Hills of Jackman (7-0, 13.8687 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Buckfield 57, Vinalhaven 38
At Buckfield Jan. 4, the Vikings dropped their second game of the day to the host Bucks, falling by 19 points. Buckfield led 17-8, 31-22 and 43-30 at the quarter breaks.
Cody Hamilton led the islanders with 11 points, while Noah Slivinsky added eight; Lewis Cray, seven; Max Stanley, six; and Liam Thomas, Cole Mills and Owen Bineau-Williams, all two.
Jared Eastman poured in 28 points to lead the Bucks, while Lared Kraske added nine; Keenan Stockdale and Robert Rowe, both six; and Hunter Wiley and Tyler Vallee, both two.
Vinalhaven was 4-of-12 (33 percent) from the foul line, while Buckfield was 4-of-6 (67 percent).
Buckfield 60, Vinalhaven 38
At Buckfield Jan. 4, the Bucks bested the visiting islanders in the first of two games on the day for the squads. Buckfield led 13-3, 29-14 and 43-24 at the quarter breaks.
Cray scored 11 points to lead the Vikings, while Hamilton added seven; Slivinsky, five; Thomas and Doug Day, both four; Mills, three; and Everett Webster and Stanley, both two.
Eastman scored 18 points to lead the Bucks, while Vallee added 15; Robert Rowe, 12; Aaron Rowe, seven; and Wiley and Stockdale, four.
Vinalhaven netted 8-of-17 (47 percent) from the foul line, while Buckfield was 1-of-5 (20 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven (0-8, no points) is 16th, while Forest Hills of Jackman (7-0, 14.4776 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.
Mark loves the Boston Red Sox, iced coffee, cargo shorts, Foo Fighters and time with friends and loved ones.
He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.
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