Vinalhaven hoop squads win one of four games versus RichmondIsland boys take first game, drop second; Viking girls foiled by No. 1 foe
Richmond — Victories have been tough to come by through the first half of the regular season for the Vinalhaven boys and girls basketball teams, both of which are looking to put more notches in the win column in the campaign's second half.
Both squads settled in Richmond Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10-11 for a weekend doubleheader, with the islanders being sent home with losses in three of their four games.
The Vikings boys earned a weekend split with the host Bobcats in tight affairs, prevailing 39-36 in Friday's game, while coming up short Saturday morning, dropping a 49-48 decision.
The Viking girls had the task of taking on the top-ranked team in Western Class D, dropping both contests to the host Bobcats — 50-18 and 59-36.
The Richmond squads are coached by a pair of Medomak Valley High School graduates in Molly Bishop (girls) and Jonathan Spear (boys). Bishop is closing in her 100th career coaching victory and has realized tremendous success leading the Bobcats the past seven years, including losing to Washburn 60-35 and 43-30 in the past two state championship games.
The following is a recap of the four weekend Viking contests:
Richmond 49, Vinalhaven 48
At Richmond Jan. 12, the Vikings narrowly missed a weekend sweep of the Bobcats, falling by one point. Vinalhaven led 11-4 after the first quarter and 25-15 at halftime, while Richmond led 38-34 after three quarters.
Shane Carlsen scored 14 points for the Vikings, while Hayden Jones added 10; Austin Christensen, eight; Byron Thomas and Scott James, both six; and Ian Dyer and Justin Newton, both two.
For Richmond, Eddie Stewart tallied 15 points, while Randy Moody added 11; Mike Stewart, 10; Shawn Bernier, six; Cameron Edwards, five; and Xavier Trask, two.
The islanders were 6-of-10 (60 percent) from the foul line, while the Bobcats were 7-of-15 (47 percent).
Vinalhaven 39, Richmond 36
At Richmond Jan. 11, the Vikings prevailed by three points in a back-and-forth affair between the two squads. Vinalhaven led 16-9 after the first quarter and 20-15 at halftime, while Richmond nabbed a 28-26 lead after three quarters.
Carlsen scored 18 points for the islanders, while Jones added nine; Newton, six; Ben Beckman, four; and Thomas, two.
For Richmond, Trask scored 13 points, while Cameron Emmons added eight; Bernier, five; and Stewart, four.
The Vikings were 2-of-9 (22 percent) from the foul line, while the Bobcats were 7-of-8 (87 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven (2-8, 3.8580 points) is 10th, while Forest Hills of Jackman (10-1, 28.7786 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
Richmond 50, Vinalhaven 18
At Richmond Jan. 12, the Bobcats jumped to an early lead and coasted to a lopsided win over the Vikings. Richmond led 15-2, 30-6 and 44-13 at the quarter breaks.
Leading the Vikings were Ashley Hamilton (12 points, 17 rebounds, 3 steals), Ellie Reidy (4 points, 4 rebounds) and Ryann Warren (2 points, rebound).
For Richmond, Jamie Plummer scored 13 points, while Kristen Johnson added 11.
Vinalhaven was 4-of-6 (67 percent) from the foul line, while Richmond was 2-of-4 (50 percent).
Richmond 59, Vinalhaven 36
At Richmond Jan. 11, the Vikings hung tough for much of the game against the favored Bobcats, but wilted down the stretch and fell by 23 points. Richmond led 14-7, 22-15 and 36-24 at the quarter breaks.
Leading the islanders were Hamilton (15 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists), Reidy (8 points, 5 rebounds), Eliza Davidson (7 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists), Warren (4 points, 3 rebounds), Bethany Candage (1 point, 2 rebounds) and Sarah James (1 point).
For Richmond, Plummer scored 23 points, while Nicole Accord added 13.
The Vikings were 12-of-28 (43 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Bobcats were 13-of-19 (68 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven (4-6, 9.5100 points) is sixth, while Richmond (8-2, 25.4248 points) is first in the 13-team region. The top nine squads qualify for the playoffs.
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