Blue Hill—With nearly half the regular season behind them, both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams have yet to lose a game. Both also stand at the head of the Heal Point Standings—a measure as changeable as the weather at this point.
While the performance of the boys team, which has kept most of their 2016 state title winning roster, is unsurprising, the girls streak is positioning them as a possible dark horse for the final stretch. They are 8-0, after a 52-27 win on January 4 game against Searsport (3-3).
Led by senior Morgan Dauk, who recently earned her place among 1,000 point scorers, the Lady Eagles are winning by an average 17 points, with the only game under 10 points a 67-60 quadruple overtime win against Bucksport. And while they won’t face other currently undefeated teams such as Madawaska and Stearns until tournament time, this could be the year they return to the Cross Center after being knocked out the last three years in the preliminary game.
Meanwhile the boys, at 8-0, lead the rest of Northern Class C by a wide margin in tournament points and have only been challenged by Class B Ellsworth, whom they beat 74-67 with four team members sick.
In the last two weeks, the Eagles destroyed Sumner (2-6), 101-53, and followed that up with an 85-44 win over Narraguagus (2-4) and a 66-44 win over Penquis Valley (2-3) before rolling over Searsport (4-3) on Tuesday 77-41—with a boost from five three-pointers from Taylor Schildroth, who is averaging well over 20 points a game
Led by Schildroth and 6’6” junior Max Mattson, with aggressive defense and shooting from seniors Jarrod Chase and Beckett Slayton, the Eagles may have to wait for tournament time to face any true challenge. In the meantime, a solid bench roster is getting plenty of court time.
They host Lee Academy (4-0) on Friday, January 6, 7 p.m.