There was a great deal on the line on the court in the Thursday night, Feb. 1 high school boys basketball rematch between Midcoast rivals Camden Hills and Medomak Valley — the most significant being to create standings separation between the evenly-matched opponents,  who continue to jockey for playoff position as the regular season winds down.

And in a big game, Windjammer coach Jeff Hart turned to senior forward and co-captain Noah Heidorn to shoulder the load. And Heidorn responded with one of his best efforts of the campaign, which helped the Windjammers sail to a 53-45 high school road win over the Panthers.

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The victory for Camden Hills gave the squads a split on the season as Medomak Valley posted a 78-68 win on Dec. 15 in Rockport.

On Thursday, Camden Hills led 10-8 after the first quarter and maintained a two-point cushion at halftime with a 20-18 advantage. The visitors extended their lead to 36-27 after three stanzas.

Heidorn’s 26-point performance was followed up by an eight-point night by Jesse Fraser, while Daniel Peabody added seven; John Curtin, six; and Michael McGeady, Ionut Lodge and Ethan Ford, two.

Heidorn said the Windjammers have been working on building positive energy on the floor of late — in games and in practice.

It showed.

“We knew that we are a team that is a tough matchup for any other team when we come out and each do our jobs on the court and tonight I think we did exactly that,” Heidorn said. “I’m really proud of the guys and the effort exerted on both ends of the court tonight.”

Hart added, “We got good contributions from a lot of people tonight.”

“I loved our poise under pressure in this game,” he said. “It was a big win for us.”

Brent Stewart and Gabe Allaire keyed Medomak Valley with 13 points, while Ryan Creamer added five; Alec Coughlin and Ethan Spear, four; and Josh Goldrup, Nathan Emerson and Chris Bowman, two.

The Windjammers shot 9-of-15 (60 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Panthers were 5-of-8 (62 percent).

Heidorn scored the first hoop and netted eight of Camden Hills’ first 10 points, the latter of which he put off the window after a superb individual effort just before the first-quarter horn to give the visitors a two-point cushion.

The Windjammers brought that two-point edge into the locker room, but it was short-lived as a quick bucket from Stewart knotted the score for the Panthers.

Camden Hills rattled off the next eight points after a Peabody layup and back-to-back hoops from Heidorn — who moments later fed Peabody for an open layup — to put the visitors ahead 28-20 with 5:19 to go in the third.

Panther coach Nick DePatsy said, in reference to Thursday night's game: "They outplayed us on both ends."

Medomak Valley cut its deficit to three points after a trey from Stewart and a layup by Allaire, but 3-pointers from Fraser and Curtin helped lengthen the Camden Hills lead.

The Panthers cut their deficit to 40-36 midway through the fourth after a 3-pointer from Stewart, but got no closer as the Windjammers held the hosts at bay over the game’s waning minutes.

While Heidorn and his team enjoyed the win, they remain focused on the larger picture.

“Obviously it’s fun to win against a strong team like Medomak [Valley], but we have our eyes set on the next game and finishing the season strong,” said Heidorn.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Camden Hills (9-6, 66.4815 points) is fourth, while Medomak Valley (10-6, 54.2593 points) is seventh. Hampden Academy (15-1, 123.2099 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.