High school basketball

Vinalhaven, North Haven look to make second-half push to playoffs

Island squads — Hawks and Vikings — toil in Class D South
By Staff | Jan 21, 2020
Photo by: Mark Haskell Vinalhaven's Tim Farrelly, front, Joe Hopkins, left, and Hunter Ames, right, as well as Richmond's Caleb Denamire get into position on the court on Jan. 18 in high school boys basketball in Richmond. The host Bobcats beat the Vikings 58-27.

With the teams teetering on the cusp of Class D South playoff berths, the Vinalhaven basketball teams stood to cement their postseason destinies on Saturday, Jan. 18 as the islanders crossed Penobscot Bay and traveled to Richmond for a midday doubleheader with the host Bobcats.

The Vikings kept the court clashes reasonably close in the first half, but the Bobcats pulled away in the final 16 minutes as the islanders were dealt lopsided defeats.

In the girls game, the Vikings came up on the short end of a 51-26 decision, while the boys lost 58-27 in the second contest of the day.

On Monday, Jan. 20, Vinalhaven also lost in road games at Temple Academy in Waterville as the girls fell 31-29 and the boys 52-30.

The North Haven girls also played three games in four days, dropping a pair of games to Kents Hill on Friday and Saturday and falling to Forest Hills of Jackman on Monday.

Watch videos and see more photos below from Vinalhaven at Richmond games.

The following is a recap of both reported results:

Girls

Richmond 51, Vinalhaven 26

At Richmond Jan. 18, the Bobcats pulled away from the Vikings with a 19-4 third-quarter run and emerged victorious. Richmond led 12-7, 26-16 and 45-20 at the quarter breaks.

Hannah Newton, Myra Mills and Hope Cluff scored five points for Vinalhaven, while Shyanne Warren added four; Jazmyn Robishaw, two; and Gracie Warren, one.

Bryanne Lancaster led Richmond with 13 points, while Bryannah Shea added 10; Kara Briand, five; Sophia Wells and Addison Smith, four; and Jayden Brillant, two.

The Vikings were 6-of-18 (33 percent) from the foul line, while the Bobcats were 6-of-10 (60 percent).

The Bobcats scored the first six points of the game before the Vikings got a free throw from Warren, while Newton cut the islanders deficit in half after banking in a mid-range jumper.

Carver and Wells scored on back-to-back hoops for the hosts before Newton buried a trey to keep the Vikings within striking distance at 10-7.

Vinalhaven kept pace throughout the rest of the first half, before the wheels came off early in the third quarter.

Mills scored the first basket of the stanza with a fast-break layup for Vinalhaven, but Richmond responded with a 17-0 run after three straight buckets from Lancaster — the latter of which came off a steal at midcourt — a pair of Shea treys, an offensive putback by Lancaster and hoop from Carver as the Bobcats quickly assumed a 44-18 advantage.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, Vinalhaven (2-9, 8.8889 points) is seventh, while Greenville (10-1, 70.1961 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Forest Hills 51, North Haven 33

At South Portland Jan. 20, the Tigers prowled past the Hawks in a game played at a neutral site. Forest Hills led 12-4, 26-11 and 41-23 at the quarter breaks.

Mercedes Sparhawk scored 13 points for North Haven, while Layla Sparhawk added 12; Kaylee Ames, four; and Hannah White and Katherine White, two.

Mary-Lee Brown led Forest Hills with 11 points, while Taylor Fountaine added 10; Aislyn Obert, eight; Hailey Welch, five; Sarah Hoyt, three; and Grace Allen and Peyton Chiasson, two.

The Hawks netted 5-of-10 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers did not attempt a free throw.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, North Haven (4-8, 7.8431 points) is eighth, while Greenville (10-1, 70.1961 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Temple Academy 31, Vinalhaven 29

At Waterville Jan. 20, the Bereans did just enough to outlast the visiting Vikings. Vinalhaven led 10-4, 16-12 and 25-20 at the quarter breaks before Temple Academy went on an 11-4 run to end the game.

Shyanne Warren and Corey Lazaro scored six points for the islanders, while Hannah Newton and Hope Cluff added five; Myra Mills, four; and Maddie Miller, one.

Hannah Hubbard scored 13 points for Temple Academy, while Chloe Riportella added 10; Ella Baker, five; and Kayu Okayak, two.

The Vikings were 4-of-8 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Bereans were 7-of-11 (63 percent).

Kents Hill 44, North Haven 27

At North Haven Jan. 18, the Hawks came up on the short end of the stick against visiting Kents Hill. Kents Hill led 9-1, 29-8 and 40-17 at the quarter breaks.

Layla Sparhawk led North Haven with 13 points, while Mercedes Sparhawk added 10 and Isabelle Haskell and Kaylee Ames two.

Charlotte Harper-Cunningham keyed Kents Hill with 12 points, while Josephine Harper-Cunningham, Dani Did, Rose Jenkins and Naomi McGodney added six; Jarni Hewins, five; and Sunny Yan, two.

Kents Hill was 2-of-2 (100 percent) from the foul line, while North Haven was 6-of-20 (30 percent).

Kents Hills 55, North Haven 38

At North Haven Jan. 17, the visitors were anything but courteous guests as they pulled away late and bested the Hawks. Kents Hill led 8-7, 26-19 and 37-31 at the quarter breaks.

Mercedes Sparhawk paced North Haven with 24 points, while Layla Sparhawk added 10 and Isabelle Haskell and Hannah White two.

The Hawks were 3-of-10 (30 percent) from the foul line.

Statistical information for Kents Hill was unavailable.

Boys

Richmond 58, Vinalhaven 27

At Richmond Jan. 18, the Bobcats prowled past the islanders. Richmond led 13-7, 29-13 and 44-21 at the quarter breaks.

Joe Hopkins led the Vikings with eight points, while Tim Farrelly added five; Lincoln Dennison, four; Trey Goodrich and Hunter Ames, three; and Alec Radley and Mark Augusto, two.

Calob Densmore poured in 20 points for the Bobcats, while Dakota Gilpatric added 13; Kenny Bing, nine; Connor Vashon, eight; Ben Gardner, five; and Cole Alexander, three.

Vinalhaven was 4-of-6 (67 percent) from the foul line, while Richmond was 3-of-5 (60 percent).

The Bobcats jumped to an 11-2 lead in the early going as the islanders had difficulty containing Densmore in the interior, but the Vikings rattled off five straight points after a trey by Farrelly and hoop from Ames off a steal to put the visitors down 11-7.

From there, the hosts went on a 9-0 run after five straight from Gilpatric, a trey from Gardner and a hoop from Densmore to go up 21-7.

The islanders got no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, Vinalhaven (3-9, 5.9954 points) is eighth, while Forest Hills of Jackman (14-0, 70.1235 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Temple Academy 52, Vinalhaven 30

At Waterville Jan. 20, the Bereans rose to the occasion and bested the Vikings. Temple Academy led 12-10, 22-15 and 39-24 at the quarter breaks.

Connor Lazaro led Vinalhaven with eight points, while Tim Farrelly, Hunter Ames and Joe Hopkins added five; Trey Goodrich, four; Alec Radley, two; and Mark Augusto, one.

Marko Ajaz poured in 24 points for Temple Academy, while Zack Wiles added eight; Stevo Kruta, seven; and Evan Lafountain, Jumpei Sakaguchi and Josh Wiles, two.

The islanders were 3-of-6 (50 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Bereans were 2-of-11 (18 percent).

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

Vinalhaven at Richmond boys basketball
Richmond host Vinalhaven on Jan. 18 in high school boys basketball. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Vinalhaven at Richmond girls basketball
Richmond host Vinalhaven on Jan. 18 in high school girls basketball. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Vinalhaven's Corey Lazaro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Myra Mills, right, and Richmond's Bryannah Shea. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Shyanne Warren. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Shyanne Warren. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Hope Cluff. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Jazmyn Robishaw, right, and Richmond's Lindsie Irish. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Jazmyn Robishaw, left, and Richmond's Lindsie Irish. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Hannah Newton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Hannah Newton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Corey Lazaro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Corey Lazaro, left, Hope Cluff, right, and Jazmyn Robishaw, back, as well as Richmond's Sophia Wells. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Jazymn Robishaw, front, and Richmond's Kara Briand. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Hope Cluff. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Jazymn Robishaw. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Jazymn Robishaw, front, and Shyanne Warren. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Hannah Newton, left, and Richmond's Rylie Irish. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Shyanne Warren, left, and Richmond's Kara Briand. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Shyanne Warren, middle, and Richmond's Kara Briand, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Maddie Miller, front, and Richmond's Kara Briand, left, and Rylie Irish. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Myra Mills, left, and Hannah Newton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Tim Farrelly, front, Joe Hopkins, left, and Hunter Ames, right, as well as Richmond's Caleb Denamire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Mark Augusto Jr., left, and Richmond's Max Viselli. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Alec Radley, right, and Richmond's Cole Alexander, left, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Alec Radley, right, and Richmond's Cole Alexander, left, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Tim Farrelly, left, and Richmond's Max Viselli. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Mark Augusto Jr., left, and Richmond's Max Viselli. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Mark Augusto Jr., right, and Richmond's Max Viselli. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Hunter Ames, left, and Richmond's Ben Gardner, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Trey Goodrich. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Trey Goodrich. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Mark Augusto Jr., right, and Richmond's Caleb Denamire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Mark Augusto Jr., right, and Richmond's Caleb Denamire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Mark Augusto Jr., front, and Richmond's Kenny Bing, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Vinalhaven's Mark Augusto Jr., front, and Joe Hopkins, right, as well as Richmond's Max Viselli. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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