This is a secret, so do not tell anyone. You know who one of the hottest teams in Eastern Class B girls basketball has been over the past few weeks? Camden Hills. But remember, that is a secret.

Well, of course, the strong play of the Windjammers in recent weeks is really no secret, especially to their opponents. One only has to look at how Camden Hills has moved up the ranks in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B.

The Windjammers (11-3) shrugged off a sluggish first half against visiting Mount View of Thorndike (5-9) Friday night by increasing their defensive intensity and that paved the way to a 49-31 victory.

Since suffering a lopsided home loss to talented Leavitt of Turner Dec. 30, which put Camden Hills’ record at 4-3, the Windjammers have won seven straight games. In fact, in the most recent Heal Point Standings, Camden Hills (67.5309 points) is fourth, while Mount View (25.4012 points) is 12th after a 52-29 win over Rockland Saturday (a separate story on that game will appear later). Presque Isle (14-1, 86.2654 points) is first in the 19-team region.

Friday’s game with the Mustangs was close in the first 16 minutes. Camden Hills led 9-7 and 17-16 at the first two quarter breaks. But then the hosts outscored Mount View 17-7 in the third stanza, mostly due to their tough defense. Camden Hills outscored the Mustangs 32-16 over the final 16 minutes.

Freshman Jordan Knowlton tallied 16 points and made five steals to key Camden Hills. Maddy Smeaton chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Taylor Porter scored 10 points, and Gab Duke added three steals and four assists. Porter made two 3-pointers, while Kylie Carlsen scored four points; and Sarah Steele, Hayley Buckheit and Duke, all two. Camden Hills made 9-of-15 free throws (60 percent).

Knowlton and Smeaton took over in the second half when the Windjammers pulled away. Knowlton netted 10 points and Smeaton nine in the second half.

For the Mustangs, the always reliable Hayleigh Kein tossed in 15 points. Also scoring for Mount View were Lauren Smith with six points; Channing Murphy, four; Anna Piotti, three and Chrissy Larrabee and Cheyenne Dyer, both two. Kein scored 13 points during the first three quarters. The Mustangs made 7-of-14 foul shots (50 percent).

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Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.