It has been a busy few recent days for Midcoast high school basketball squads. With triumphant wins logged and painful losses suffered, area teams walked away from the hardwood with mixed feelings.

In some of the highlights, the Belfast boys gained their first win of the season against Waterville Monday, while the Searsport girls nailed down their second victory of the campaign the same day. And, to top things off on Monday, Nathan Hopkins of Vinalhaven poured in a whopping 38 points in the Vikings’ win over Islesboro.

Results from recent local games include:


Searsport 65, Katahdin 55 … On Monday at Searsport, led by James Seekins with his career-high 24 points, the Vikings defeated Katahdin with points to spare.

The visitors took a 12-8 lead in the first quarter and held a 29-28 edge at halftime. However, Searsport picked up its game and scored 20 points in the third quarter to lead 48-40 after 24 minutes and that put the Vikings on the winning track.

Also scoring for Searsport were Rocky Faunce with 15 points, followed by Shane Seekins with 10; Evan Kingsbury, seven; Zach Kelley, six, and Dillan Moody, three. Faunce (10 rebounds) and Kingsbury (7 rebounds, 5 assists) had strong statistical efforts.

Brandon Robinson led Katahdin with 29 points, followed by Kolby Gallagher with 10; Lucas Craig, seven; Kohle Birmingham, three; and Bill Livezey, Brady McNally, and Colton Bivighouse, all two.

Searsport coach Brad Cook said the Vikings weathered a rough first half in order to come win later in the game. “We knew going into halftime that the third quarter is typically our strongest [and] with that confidence we came out firing,” he said.

Belfast 60, Waterville 59 … On Monday at Waterville, the visiting Lions notched their first win of the campaign, narrowly defeating the Purple Panthers by one point. Belfast (1-12) took a 25-17 lead over Waterville after the first quarter, a 41-30 halftime edge and 43-38 advantage after three stanzas.

Derrick Bernosky led the Lions with 18 points, followed by Jack Davis with 17; Brad Reed, 10; Dylan Webster, nine; Dustin Howes, four; and Josh Beal, two.

For Waterville, Brandon Bradly led with 17 points, followed by Cameron Mitchell with 13; Josh Gormley and Max Brown, both nine; Nick Lee, seven; and Matt Lynch and Ryan Veilleux, each two.

Belfast went 15-of-23 (65 percent) from the free-throw line and Waterville was 10-of-16 (63 percent).

Vinalhaven 64, Islesboro 53 … On Monday on Vinalhaven, led by Nathan Hopkins with 38 points, the hosts beat visiting Islesboro by 11 points after gaining the lead at the end of the first half. At the end of the first quarter, the teams were tied at 13, but Vinalhaven led 32-31 and 38-31 at the next two breaks.

For Vinalhaven, Steven Osgood also scored 16 points, followed by Dana Tolman with seven; Brian Stanley, two; and Willie Drury, one.

Jason Hatch and D.J. Johnson led the Eagles each with 15 points, followed by Max Mahan with eight; Gerard Scherr, seven; and Tyler Grindle and Tyler Gebhardt, four each.

Vinalhaven was 10-of-22 (45 percent) from the free-throw line and Islesboro was 6-of-9 (67 percent).

Gardiner 68, Belfast, 56 … On Jan. 15 at Gardiner, Belfast lost to the host Tigers. The visitors led 18-13 after one quarter, but soon lost the edge at halftime 30-27. Gardiner then stepped up and took a 50-33 lead after the third stanza.

Jack Davis led Belfast with 19 points, followed by Derrick Bernosky with 14; Brad Reed, 13; Eric Mitchell, six; and Dustin Howes and Adam Heroux, both two.

Spencer Allen was the leading scorer for Gardiner with 16 points he was followed by Mike Trahan with 15.

Belfast made 2-of-9 (22 percent) free throws and Gardiner 22-of-32 (69 percent).

Richmond 55, Islesboro 36 … On Jan. 15 at Islesboro, even though the hosts led for the first half, Richmond took the second 16 minutes by storm and beat Islesboro by nearly 20 points.

After the first quarter the teams were tied at eight points. Then after the second stanza, Islesboro led 22-16. However, Richmond retaliated and took a 34-29 lead after the third quarter en route the win.

Jason Hatch led the Eagles with 15 points, followed by D.J. Johnson with 13; Gerard Scherr, four; and Tyler Grindle, two.

For Richmond, Nick Woods keyed the scoring with 20 points, followed by Bruce Carver with 13; Mike Christie, nine; Eric Murrin, seven; and Tom Carter, six.

Islesboro made 7-of-9 (78 percent) free throws and Richmond 10-of-15 (67 percent).


Searsport 33, Katahdin 32 … On Monday at Searsport, in a close contest, Olivia Quigley led the Vikings to a one-point victory for their second win of the season.

Searsport led at the first two quarter breaks 7-3, 13-20. However, Katahdin took a 28-19 lead after the third quarter.

Olivia Quigley led Searsport with 24 points followed by Katherine Cotter with three; and Megan Parker, Jennifer Allenwood, and Sara Bradshaw, all two.

Olivia McNally keyed Katahdin with 26 points, followed by Kali Rush with three; Makayla Peterson, two; and Dani Bethcyr, one.

Searsport was 17-of-30 (57 percent) from the free-throw line and Katahdin 9-of-19 (47 percent).

With less than four minutes to go in the final quarter Katahdin held a slim lead. The visitors chose to hold the ball to cement the victory.

However, after a Searsport timedout, Quigley took matters into her own hands and made 9-of-11 free throws in the fourth quarter, according to Viking coach Amanda Pullen, to seal the win for the hosts.

With less than 30 seconds left, Kathadin led 32-31 before Quigley managed to put in the final two foul shots for the win. “We just chipped away. It was all on the foul line,” said Pullen of where the comeback points came.

Forest Hills 36, North Haven 31 … On Monday at North Haven, the Hawks fell to the Tigrers of Jackman. North Haven led after each quarter but the last. At the breaks the hosts led 9-5, 14-13 and 25-24.

Erin Cooper paced the Hawks with 18 points, followed by Cody Joyce with five; Ann-Marie Beverage, three; Olivia Brown and Abigail Campbell, both two; and Leta Hallowell, one.

Kendra Gilbert keyed Forest Hills with 12 points, followed by Dana McNally with eight; Jasmine Giroux, six; Erica Turner, four; and Anna Carrie, Rochelle Jaibett and Josie Hoyt, all two.

North Haven was 7-of-18 (39 percent) from the line and Forest Hills 10-of-19 (53 percent).

Vinalhaven 70, Islesboro 12 … On Monday at Vinalhaven, the hosts took on Islesboro en route to a strong win. Vinalhaven led 21-6, 38-8 and 57-10 at the breaks.

Jenn Guptil led the hosts with 16 points, followed by Brook Conway with nine; Amelia Davidsion, eight; Chelsey Moyer, seven; Alana Watt, Izzy Drury and Alex Slivinsky, all six; Bianca Barroso and Blake Reidy, both four; and Jenny Candage and Eliza Davidson,both  two.

For Islesboro, Lindsay Durkee and Allana Govoni both had four points and Caitlin Small and Ally Craig each two.

Vinalhaven was 4-of-7 (57 percent) from the free-throw line and Islesboro missed all four of its attempts.

Camden Hills 49, Nokomis 46 … At Rockport Jan. 15, led by Jordan Knowlton with 22 points and 16 rebounds, Camden Hills beat Nokomis of Newport for its 10th win of the season and an important Heal Point-worthy victory.

In the first half, at the breaks Camden Hills led 15-7 and 19-18. Nokomis caught up in the third to take a 29-24 advantage.

Also for the ‘Jammers Taylor Porter scored 11 points, followed by Gab Duke with six; Maddy Smeaton, five; Maci Heal, four; and Hayley Buckheit, one. Smeation (8 rebounds), Allie Holmes and Duke (3 steals) had strong statistical performances for the hosts.

The Windjammers went 4-of-14 (29 percent) from the foul line and Nokomis 7-of-12 (58 percent).

For Nokomis, M. Shaw led with 16, followed by K. Bachelder with 11; M. Badeen, 10; and J. Smith, five.

Camden Hills got into third-quarter foul trouble, according to coach Jay Carlsen. Because of that, he said, the game came down to the last second.

In the forth quarter, Nokomis tied the game with 10 seconds to go. However, Duke regained the lead for the hosts with cool shooting down the stretch.

Richmond 47, Islesboro 3 … On Jan. 15 at Richmond, Islesboro faced a rough game against the host Bobcats, not scoring until the third quarter. The Bobcats led 18-0, 27-0, and 35-3 at the quarter breaks.

Alanna Govani scored the Eagles’ three points.

Brook Lancaster, Tara Hurlee, Tammy Plumber and Megan Deraps led Richmond with six points each.

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