Southern Aroostook girls remain perfect on the year

The Southern Aroostook girls basketball team continues to dominate the competition as the season nears the midway point. The Warriors have rattled off seven consecutive victories and remain unbeaten this year. 


Despite the perfect record, the Warriors are ranked second in Class D North as of Monday morning, just a few Heal Points behind No. 1 Deer Isle-Stonington (8-1). 

Ashland’s Hailee Cunningham comes down with a rebound while guarded by Southern Aroostook’s Callie Russell during a Jan. 3 game in Dyer Brook. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)

Also in Class D North, the Katahdin girls are not far behind as the Cougars (5-1), are ranked third, while East Grand (0-7) continues to search for its first win on the year.

Hodgdon (6-2) is also enjoying much success on the hardwood this year. The Hawks are ranked ninth in Class C North and could move up considerably in the standings in the next few weeks. 

In Class B North, the Shires (6-4) had a busy week, playing four games and coming away with two wins. Houlton is currently ranked fourth in the division.

The following is a recap of games played through Saturday, Jan. 4.

Hodgdon 74, Easton 23 — At Hodgdon Dec. 28, Marissa Dow poured in 14 points to lead Hodgdon to victory. Sabra Scott chipped in 12 points, Kylee Mooers added 11, Emma Drew and Sadie Thompson both had eight, Lauren McGillicuddy seven, Monique Polchies and Autumn Ganzel both six, and Vickie Porter two.

For Easton, Cecilia Morin had 13 points, while Emma Lamoreau had four, Lydia Ferris three and Kenzie Legassie two.

Hodgdon led 23-10, 36-13 and 48-20 at the quarter breaks.

Southern Aroostook’s Kacy Daggett, right, and Ashland’s Willow Hall reach up for the ball during a Friday, Jan. 3 game in Dyer Brook. In the middle is Ashland’s Hailee Cunningham. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)

Houlton 59, Old Town 48 — At Houlton Dec. 28, the Shires received a 24-point effort from Mia Henderson in a big win for Houlton. It was just the second loss of the year for Old Town (5-2). Olivia Henderson added eight for the Shires, while Teagan Ewings and Rebecca Howe both had seven, Abbie Worthley six, Drew Warman five, and Kennedy Buzzeo two.

For Old Town, Hannah Richards had 15 and Lexi Thibodeau had 14. 

The two squads were tied 12-12 at the end of the first quarter, but Houlton seized a 31-21 halftime lead. The Shires also led 41-37 after three periods.

John Bapst 51, Houlton 42 — At Houlton Dec. 30, Ewings poured in 15 points, while Warman added 13 as the Shires came up short against visiting John Bapst. Abbie Worthley added eight points, while Mia Henderson had four and Emma Swallow had two for the Shires. 

John Bapst scorers were not submitted. The Crusaders led 15-13, 29-19 and 41-31 at the quarter breaks.

Stearns 59, Houlton 54 (OT) — At Houlton Jan. 2, Ewings poured in 19 points but it was not enough for the Shires to get the upset against undefeated Stearns (10-0) in a hard-fought, overtime game. Rebecca Howe chipped in 12 points, while Mia Henderson added 11, O. Henderson had five, Warman three, and Buzzeo and Worthley both had two. 

For Stearns, Katherine Alley had 19 and Alisyn Alley added 17. Stearns led 11-10 in the first quarter and 21-18 at the half before Houlton took a 32-31 advantage after three periods and the two squads were knotted up at 45-45 at the end of regulation. Stearns outpaced Houlton 14-9 in the extra period for the victory.

Southern Aroostook 61, Ashland 7 — At Dyer Brook Friday, the host-Warriors rolled to the lopsided win. Makaelyn Porter led the way with 19 points, while Maddie Russell added 14, Madison Shields had nine, Cami Shields and Lexi Rackliff both had four, Emma Nadeau, Emmalee Landry, Selena Botting, Kacy Daggett and Bre Daggett each had two  and Paige Vose had one.

For Ashland, Danni Carter, Mia Carney and McKenna Condon each had two points and Kaitlyn Dotson added one. 

Houlton 51, Foxcroft Academy 48 — At Dover-Foxcroft Saturday,  Rebecca Howe poured in 18 points to lead the Shires, while Mia Henderson added 16, Worthley had six, Warman five, Ewings four and Olivia Henderson two.

For Foxcroft Academy, Kiya Cook had 15 points and Ainsley Ade and Meghan Spooner both had 10.

Madawaska 34, East Grand 17 — At Madawaska Saturday, the Owls were victorious. Individual results were not reported.

Hodgdon 43, Fort Kent 28 — At Fort Kent Saturday, Sabra Scott led all players with 21 points, including 12 in the third quarter, as Hodgdon beat the Warriors. Emma Drew and Kylee Mooers both had six, Marissa Dow added five, Lauren McGillicuddy three and Autumn Ganzel two.

For Fort Kent, Desirae Hafford had seven points and Larissa Daigle added six. Hodgdon led 9-2, 19-17 and 34-23 at the quarter breaks. 

Katahdin 48, Washburn 22 — At Washburn Saturday, the Cougars picked up the victory. Individual results were not reported.

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