Boothbay keeps Oceanside Blue at arm's-length for titleMariners battle hard, but Wildcats too tough early and late
Waldoboro — The Busline League middle school large school division girls seventh-grade basketball championship was up for grabs Saturday afternoon, Jan. 19 at Medomak Middle School, with No. 1 Boothbay and No. 3 Oceanside Blue of Thomaston/Rockland vying for the coveted crown.
The Wildcats dominated the Mariners in the first half and proved consistent in the second, which was enough for a 44-30 victory that allowed Boothbay to win the league championship.
Boothbay finished the campaign 16-1, while Oceanside Blue ended at 13-4.
Team members for Oceanside Blue include Samantha Reynolds, Molly Spencer, Gabby Simmons, Taylor Hamlin, Casey Pine, Kyle Farnham, Aubrey Doyle, Brianna Shaw, Jordan Brackett and Zoe Goff.
Team members for Boothbay include Paige Brown, Sydney Meader, Sydney Mercier, Summer Chamberlain, Jackie McLoon, Denise Glover, Jo Shaw, Mady McLellan, Maddie Gaudette, Tori Morin, Lilly Sherbun, Kylic Michael and Liz DiGullian.
Boothbay led 11-5 at the end of the first quarter and 26-12 at halftime, while Oceanside Blue began to battle back in the third stanza, trailing 36-23 heading into the final eight minutes.
Simmons led Oceanside Blue with 12 points, while Brackett added six; Pine, five; Hamlin, four; Goff, two; and Farnham, one.
For Boothbay, Brown scored 12 points, while Meader added 11; Mercier, eight; Chamberlain, six; McLoon, five; and Glover, two.
Both teams had trouble finding an offensive rhythm early, but the Wildcat offense got jump-started when the Mariners got in foul trouble, as Boothbay found themselves in a 1-and-1 free-throw situation a mere five minutes into the contest.
Boothbay netted 7-of-15 (47 percent) free throws in the first quarter and 5-of-6 (83 percent) in the second stanza, which helped the Wildcats pull out to a sizable first-half lead over Oceanside.
The Wildcats finished 14-of-23 (61 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Mariners were 4-of-14 (28 percent).
Despite coming up short, the Mariners hung tough with the Wildcats throughout the remainder of the contest, with each team netting an identical 18 second-half points.
Brackett had three field goals in the second half for Oceanside, while Hamlin and Simmons each added two and Pine one.
No. 1 Boothbay defeated No. 8 Wiscasset in the quarterfinals and No. 4 Camden-Rockport in the semifinals to advance to the championship game, while No. 3 Oceanside Blue defeated No. 6 Troy Howard of Belfast and No. 2 Oceanside White of Thomaston/Rockland (the Mariners' classmates) to earn its championship game berth.
Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.