It is many high school basketball team's dream to earn an appearance in the regional tournament at the Augusta Civic Center and the North Haven squads made an early-season appearance at that venue on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Now the Hawks hope, if they can fly as high as they hope, to make a return trip to the coveted facility for the Class D South high school playoffs at the end of the winter court campaign.

The Hawks met Forest Hills at the geographical halfway point between Rockland and Jackman for Wednesday's midday doubleheader in games that saw the Tiger girls emerge with a 38-31 victory in a largely competitive affair.

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The day’s second affair was not as competitive, as the Hawk boys gained valuable experience in an 89-45 defeat to the Tigers.

North Haven and Forest Hills traditionally have, at least in recent seasons, met to play games at the Augusta Civic Center. The schools are roughly 160 miles apart and the ACC is central to the participating squads.

The following is a breakdown of both court cases:

Boys basketball

Forest Hills 89, North Haven 45

At Augusta Dec. 13, the Tigers pressed the Hawks nearly out of the building in the first quarter, as they built a sizable lead and surged to victory. Forest Hills led 37-9 after the first quarter before it turned off its fullcourt pressure defense, which North Haven had trouble with in the early going.

The Tigers clawed to a 60-28 halftime lead and extended their advantage to 77-38 after three quarters.

Tyrese Edwards dumped in 23 points for North Haven, while Colby Beverage added 10; Vincent Colunio, six; and Marten Dunn, Peyton Cooper and Brandon Brown, two.

Parker Desjardins scored 21 points for Forest Hills, while Brandon Gilboe added 19; Hunter Cuddy, 15; Jakob Rivas, 12; Carson Veilleux, eight; Kenn Vito Cruz, seven; Jack Hoyt, five; and Jeremiah Hale, two.

The Hawks were 1-of-1 from the foul line, while the Tigers were 13-of-21.

Girls basketball

Forest Hills 38, North Haven 31

At Augusta Dec. 13, the Tigers held off a late Hawk rally and emerged with a seven-point win. Forest Hills led 15-9, 27-13 and 36-21 at the quarter breaks.

Sierra Koerber-Marx and Mercedes Sparhawk scored 11 points for North Haven, while Kaylee Ames added six and Layla Sparhawk three.

Demi Gerioux scored 12 points for Forest Hills, while Miranda Shelley added 11; Alex Lessard, 10; Sarah Hoyt, three; and Alexis Campbell, two.

The squads were 3-of-8 from the charity stripe.

North Haven started the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run — eight of which came from the Sparhawk sisters — but Forest Hills got a late hoop from Shelley to help the Tigers pull away.

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