Boothbay caps unbeaten title season with win over Oceanside BlueWildcats too tough for Mariners in seventh-grade championship game
Camden — Boothbay Elementary School used a quick start and strong overall play in the title game to complete an undefeated championship season Saturday morning, Jan. 25 with a 46-24 win over Oceanside West Blue for the Busline League large school division girls seventh-grade basketball crown.
That game was the first of six slated for "Championship Saturday," which included four for the large school division at Camden-Rockport Middle School. The small school division teams played their championship games at Lincolnville Central School.
In the large school division girls seventh-grade finale, the No. 1 Wildcats (15-0) went on a 10-0 run in the first quarter and a 6-0 burst in the second and led by 13 points at halftime en route to a victory over the No. 3 Mariners (10-4).
Boothbay, coached by Jason Lorrain, includes Maddy Barter, Carina Peaslee, Helen Hamblett, Maggie Larson, Hannah Gentry, Alexis Davison, Ashley Abbott, Faith Blethen, Riley Sullivan, Katie Moore and Savannah Sedivy.
Oceanside, coached by Teel Foster, includes Kaycee Foster, Jackie Hall, Anna Poisson, Gabby Straka, Hope Butler, Philomena Marsh, Raechel Joyce, Gabby Vitale, Makaila Hickey, Mattie Hooper, Brooke Post, Kassidy Robinson, Haylee Sylvester, Rivers Boland, Mara Carpenter, Kaitlin Smith and Ella Finger.
In the championship game, Boothbay led 14-7, 25-12 and 38-19 at the quarter breaks.
Keying the champs were Blethan with 12 points; Sullivan and Hamblett, nine; Larson and Gentry, six; and Abbott, four. Blethen and Hamblett drilled 3-pointers and the Wildcats made 4-of-7 free throws (57 percent).
Blethen netted six points and Hamblett four to get Boothbay off to a positive start in the first quarter to set the tone for the rest of the game.
For Oceanside, Marsh scored seven points; Robinson, six; Joyce, five; Post, four; and Poisson, two. Joyce netted the team's lone trey and the Mariners made 3-of-7 free throws (43 percent).
Previously in the single-elimination playoffs, the Mariners defeated No. 6 Great Salt Bay of Damarsisotta and No. 2 Camden-Rockport to advance, while the Wildcats bested No. 8 Wiscasset and No. 5 Medomak to advance.