High school girls basketball

Déja vu: North Haven experiences sweet taste of victory

Island Hawks beat Forest Hills of Jackmam for second time in year — halt 15-game losing streak
By Mark Haskell | Feb 05, 2019

Waterville — It had been nearly a calendar year — 364 days to be exact — since the North Haven girls basketball team tasted victory.

That last win was Feb. 16, 2018 — a 35-32 decision over Forest Hills of Jackman — while longtime coach Laura MacDonald was away on maternity leave.

Then, on the same floor, on nearly the same date — against the same opponent — the Hawks emerged to net a 39-35 victory against Forest Hills on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Kennebec Valley Community College.

The victory broke a 15-game losing streak for the Hawks.

“I told the girls in the locker room what do we have to lose,” said MacDonald. “Nothing. I said go out there and play your game forget about last Monday and how we lost by 20 points [to the Tigers at the Augusta Civic Center]. I want you to go out and play the game I know you can play. And they did. They started off strong. Our passes were good our defense was strong. We pressed them and I don’t think they expected it.”

North Haven (1-14) led 8-6 after the first quarter and held Forest Hills to one second-quarter point to take a 14-7 lead at halftime. The Hawks stayed ahead of the curve to take a 26-22 lead after three quarters.

The trio of Layla Sparhawk, Mercedes Sparhawk and Kaylee Ames netted 13 points apiece to account for all 39 of North Haven’s points. Layla Sparhawk corralled 16 rebounds and Mercedes Sparhawk 13.

Alex Lessard led Forest Hills with 13 points, while Miranda Shelley added 12; Taylor Fountaine, six; and Hailey Welch, four.

The Hawks were 4-of-7 (57 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 3-of-11 (27 percent).

While the Sparhawk sisters were two of the team’s top scorers — as they have been all season — Layla fouled out with 3:30 to go in regulation, while Mercedes followed suit with six seconds to play.

Thus, the Hawks, who has only six players on the team, played the final six seconds of the game with only four players on the floor.

North Haven will wrap the regular season on Wednesday, Feb. 6 on the road against Vinalhaven. If the Hawks can beat the Penobscot Bay neighbor Vikings — and if Pine Tree Academy of Freeport can beat Seacoast Christian of South Berwick in its final game of the regular season — the Hawks have an outside chance to qualify for the Class D South playoffs.

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