Quick start propels Mt. Ararat to win over rival Dragons
BRUNSWICK — The Mt. Ararat High School girls basketball team began the week feeling down after a bad loss to undefeated Cony Feb. 3.
However, a win over Lewiston followed by a 47-31 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference victory over “Battle of the Bridge” rival Brunswick on Thursday completed a 12-6 regular season and has the Eagles feeling confident as the Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinals near.
“They’re in a better place and hopefully we can build off a couple things and take care of things come tournament time,” said Mt. Ararat coach Kelly LaFountain, whose Eagles await the final Heal Point Standings to find out who they will meet at the Augusta Civic Center.
Against Brunswick (4-14), Mt. Ararat jumped on top 16-4 after a quarter.
“We opened with a 10-0 run, and actually led by 20 points before Brunswick made a run to get within nine,” said LaFountain.
The Eagles led 29-12 at the half, with neither team finding much in the third quarter. Mt. Ararat held a 31-17 edge after the teams combined for just seven third- quarter points (5-2 for the Dragons).
Mallory Nelson paced Mt. Ararat with 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass. Leah Hitchcock scored 10 points and had nine caroms, and Caitlin LaFountain chipped in seven points and eight boards.
The Eagles dominated the glass to the tune of 45-20. Mt. Ararat was 18 of 51 (35 percent) from floor and held the Dragons to 21 percent (11 of 51) shooting. At the foul line, Mt. Ararat was nine of 13 and Brunswick seven of 11.
Julia Champagne matched Nelson’s 16 points to lead the Dragons, while senior Mel Bryant nailed two 3-pointers to finish with 10 points. Bryant and fellow senior Liz Faulkner played their final game for Brunswick.
The Shipbuilders concluded a 4-14 season with a KVAC Class B loss at Waldoboro.
Morse trailed 13-5 after a quarter, 37-13 at the half and 55-27 through three.
Ted Cole paced the visitors with 17 points, while Matt Munster had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Murray had 15 points for Medomak Valley.
Morse seniors Cody Snyder, Cody Hardin, Cole, Alex Crosby and Zach Fone played their final high school basketball game.
Alanna Vose, the KVAC Class B girls basketball Player of the Year, scored 32 points as Medomak Valley (12-6) won a back-and-forth contest at Bath.
The visitors led 22-16 after a quarter, but Morse (7-11) battled back for a 32-28 halftime lead.
“They competed every single game this season and never gave up,” said Morse coach Mike Hart, who loses seniors Tori Field, Katie Henrikson, Kerry Cummings, Lauren Crosby, Hannah Russell, Brittany Laskey, Crystal Leavitt and Brianna Bigelow. “The seniors were all important to this program and played the bulk of the minutes for us. They battled to the very end despite knowing they were not going to make the playoffs.”
Crosby led Morse with 14 points, with Henrikson and Field chipping in 12 points each and Cummings scoring seven. The Shipbuilders were 15 of 22 at the line.
The visiting Greyhounds held off a Carrabec fourthquarter rally in their Mountain Valley Conference finale at North Anson.
The win gives Lisbon a 7-11 record, while the Cobras finished 4-14. The Greyhounds must await the final Western Maine Class C Heal Point Standings to find out if they made the postseason.
Lisbon jumped out to a 13-2 lead, led 33-19 at the half and 41- 29 through 24 minutes. Carrabec rallied, outscoring the Greyhounds 15-7 in the final frame.
Jess Campbell had a gamehigh 19 points for Lisbon, while Bailey Madore added 10 points. Campbell pulled down seven rebounds and had five steals, Denise Thomas grabbed seven caroms and Alexa Harmon dished out three assists.
Emma Pluntke paced Carrabec with 16 points, with Jocelyn Jackson and Macy Andrews adding nine points each.
At the foul line, Lisbon finished 18 of 34 and the Cobras were 11 of 25.
The Seahawks ruined Wiscasset’s Senior Night, outscoring the Wolverines 33- 9 over the middle quarters en route to an MVC victory.
Kayla Connors and Carolyn Footer suited up for the final time for Wiscasset, which finished 2-16 despite across the board improvement this year.
“We shot better from the foul line, gave up fewer points, and yes we did struggle on offense, but we had a lot of positive things go on this season,” said Wiscasset coach Patrick Quinn. “The girls are going to get together this summer and play eight to 14 games to help us improve for next season.”
Wiscasset led 12-10 after a quarter, but Boothbay outscored its hosts 20-5 in the second for a 30- 17 halftime lead. The Seahawks extended its advantage in the third to 43-21.
Connors had nine points and 12 rebounds for Wiscasset. Heidi Pinkham and Briana Goud chipped in four points each, and the Wolverines finished nine of 14 at the foul line.
Meghan Smith had a gamehigh 21 points for 12-6 Boothbay, which shot eight of 13 at the charity stripe. Morgan Crocker added seven points.