|Vinal Haven coach Sandy Nelson and assistants watching the girls cut down the nets after their 61-45 Class D South regional championship game over Forrest Hills. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)|
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Today, the girls did what no other girls team has done from the island in 34 years, win a regional championship. Next Saturday when they go to Bangor they will be trying to capture the first gold ball in the school's history. The boys played last in a state championship in 1994 losing 71-43 to Central Aroostook. The last time the girls played for the gold ball was in 1983 losing to East Grand 72-43.
Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes won the Patricia Gallagher Award for the Class D South girls. The award is for the outstanding player-sportsman in the tournament. Two other Vinalhaven players have won the award, in 1981 Sherry Crouse and in 1983 Kris Davidson.
Vinalhaven was on a mission out of the gate in this contest taking a 14-2 first quarter lead they would not look back on. At the halftime break, they were up 27-13 and 46-20 at the end of the third quarter before cruising to the win.
|Vinalhaven's Deja Doughty, left, plays some tough defense early in the game. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)|
The Vikings were 15-of-23 (65 percent) from the foul line and the had four 3-pointers, three from Dennison and one from Doughty.
For Forest Hills, Caitlin Logston had a game-high 24 points; Patricia Lessard 10; Alexandra Lessard seven; Madison Cuddy three; and Hannah Harmon one.
Forest Hills were 5-of-8 (63 percent) from the charity stripe and they had eight 3-pointers, four from Logston, two from P. Lessard and one each from A. Lessard and Cuddy.
|Some young Vinalhaven fans!! (Photo by Ron Hawkes)|
|Ashlyn Littlefield, left, goes up with a shot for two points in front of Forest Hills Demi Giroux. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)|
|Vinalhaven's Deja Doughty looks over the floor as she advances the ball. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)|
|Vinalhaven's Cheyenne Bickford, left, waves the net as teammate Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes cheers her on. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)|