The phrase “undefeated Busline League champions” has a nice ring to it. Especially to the players on the Thomaston Grammar School boys and Searsport District Middle School girls basketball squads, as all of those young student-athletes now are walking around their respective schools enjoying that distinction.

The Clippers and Vikings capped unbeaten seasons Saturday by winning Busline League Small School Division championships at Lincoln Academy.

In the first game Saturday, the No. 1 Thomaston boys (12-0) defeated No. 3 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta (7-6) 61-49, while in the second game, the No. 1 Searsport girls (10-0) outlasted No. 2 St. George (7-3) 54-51.

Both games appeared, at one point, to be lopsided affairs in favor of the champs, but both team’s opponent battled back to make the contests interesting in the end. In fact, the girls game got particularly close in the final seconds before the Vikings held on for perfection.

Both the Clippers and Viking dominated foes, for the most part, this season. Previously during the regular season, Thomaston beat GSB 62-29 and 58-42. The Clippers outscored opponents 724 to 486 in 12 games this winter. In fact, TGS compiled single-game highs of 78, 76 and 73 points.

The Vikings also dominated foes, beating St. George 45-35 and 36-31 in two of the team’s closer regular-season games. SDMS outscored opponents 479 to 332 in 10 games. The Vikings enjoyed single-game highs of 57 points twice.

Girls game

On Saturday, Searsport worked to grab a 15-point lead at one point in the game before the Dragons rallied to make the game interesting — and nailbiting — at the end.

Keying the champs were Alicen Brooks and Brianna Grant both with 16 points, followed by Kelli Gibbs with eight; Ali Northrup, Allison Walker and Katie Mcfarlin, all four; and Libby Lane, two. Searport netted four foul shots.

Leading the Dragons were Bailee Cox with 23 points, including making two 3-pointers; Lily Vachon, eight; Megan Beal, seven; Alexis Davis and Paige Tyler, both four; Olivia Hupper and Lexi Fetteroli, both two; and Madison Haskell, one. St. George netted 7-of-26 free throws.

The Vikings include Gibbs, Walker, Brooks, Lane, Grant, Northrup, Mcfarlin, Mariah Albanese, Candy Cook, Brittany Ward, Kayla Noble, Jaci Harriman, Olivia Cross and Dana Cook.

The Clippers include Sarah Tarbox, Tyler, Vachon, Fetteroli, Sierra Jameson, Alexis Davis, Hupper, Cox, Cortney Simmons, Beal, Marissa Libby, Haskell and Megan Wilson.

The Vikngs led 16-11, 35-23 and 43-36 at the quarter breaks. Keying Searsport in the first half were Grant with 12 points and Brooks 11. In the second half, Gibbs netted eight points, Brooks five and Grant four to spearhead Searsport’s effort.

For St. George, Cox netted two 3-pointers and scored nine points and Vachon six in the opening half. In the final 16 minutes, Cox dumped in 13 points and Beal six for the Dragons.

Cox connected on a runner with 1:40 left to cut the Dragons’ deficit to 52-47. When Grant, one of the Vikings’ top players, fouled out with 1:08 remaining, it appeared the momentum had shifted and the Dragons might pull out the win.

However, Brooks scored for Searsport with 59 seconds remaining to give the champs a 54-47 lead. Two scores by Cox in the final 34 seconds made the game interesting until the final buzzer.

Click for more photos from the girls championship game.

Boys game

The Clippers used suffocating defense to race to a 14-2 lead early in the first quarter and held GSB at bay the rest of the way.

Thomaston led 14-4, 31-19 and 46-32 at the quarter breaks. Keying the Clippers were NIck Judge with 16 poins, Elijah MacDougal, 14; Jarrod Leonardi, 11; Elias Thorbjornson, 10; Sawyer Pillsbury, six; and Walker Ranney, four. The Clippers netted 8-of-17 free throws (47 percent)

For the Cougars, A.J. Oliver poured in 20 points; Spencer Alden, 13; Tyler Peters, 11; Tyler Ward, four; and Derrick Woodbury, two. GSB netted 2-of-18 foul shots (11 percent).

Thomaston made 1-of-4 3-pointers (25 percent) and GSB 3-of-5 treys (60 percent).

Leading the Clippers in the early going were MacDougal with 12 first-half points. He was nearly unstoppable inside. Thorbjornson and Nick Judge also tossed in six points apiece in the first 16 minutes. In the second half, Nick Judge tallied nine points, Leonardi seven and Pillsbury six to lead the charge.

For GSB, Oliver tallied 10 points in both halves, including making two 3-pointers in the second quarter. Alden scored all 13 of his points over the final three quarters, also making two treys. Peters netted seven points in the second half.

The Clippers include Thorbjornson, Pillsbury, Leonardi, Nick Judge, Steve Judge, Justin Robinson, Josh Poor, Jake Janczura, Ranney, MacDougal and Jimmy Strong.

GSB includes Eoin Anderson, Killian Miller, Julian Frink, Peters, Alden, Chase Simmons, Ward, Oliver and Woodbury.

Click for more photos from the Thomaston and Great Salt Bay boys game.

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