High school girls basketball

In battle of 'seabirds,' Hawks outfly Eagles in island court showdown

Mercedes Sparhawk tallies 18 points for North Haven, Sienkiewicz 14 for Islesboro
By Staff | Jan 22, 2020

Islesboro — Separated by a little more than 11 miles — and by a comparable number in the Class D South Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings — the North Haven and Islesboro girls basketball teams squared off in a late-morning matinee on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The Eagles are winless thus far on the campaign, but turned in what coach Cami Richards called “our best game yet,” as they surpassed their highest scoring output of the year.

However, the Hawks flew high against the host Eagles on Wednesday and soared to a 39-26 road victory.

North Haven jumped to a 10-4 lead after the first quarter, extended its advantage to 17-10 at halftime and 31-16 at the end of three quarters.

Mercedes Sparhawk netted 18 points to key the Hawks, while Layla Sparhawk added 11; Kaylee Ames, eight; and Hannah White, two.

Rylee Sienkiewicz netted 14 points for the Eagles, while Sophie Lau added eight; Anna Zlotkowski, three; and Sylvia Randlett, one.

Islesboro had a terrific day from the charity stripe, as it netted 11-of-17 free-throw attempts, as 6-of-8 (75 percent) came off the fingertips of Sienkiewicz.

“They played hard and never gave up,” said Richards.

While Hawk coach Laura MacDonald was happy with the win, she reiterated there is always room for improvement and growth.

"We had some good passes and looks, but a lot of shots couldn't connect today," she said. "We had a lot of fouls, which is not like us this season. These girls want to finish the season strong, so that's what we are going to do."

North Haven was 1-of-6 (17 percent) from the foul line.

It was the third time the opponents met this season, as the Hawks netted a 35-23 win on Dec. 19 on Islesboro and 53-11 victory on Jan. 9 on North Haven.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, North Haven (5-8, 8.4314 points) is eighth, while Islesboro (0-9, no points) is 10th. Greenville (10-1, 71.3072 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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