Camden Hills stays unbeaten, eases to victory over OceansideBowman pours in 23 points, sinks 7-of-10 free throws
Rockport — Although early in the campaign, with both high school girls basketball squads unbeaten after one game, it obviously was inevitable one would suffer its first loss when they met on the court Tuesday night, Dec. 10.
Alas, the only question was whether host Camden Hills or visiting Oceanside would play well enough for 32 minutes to maintain their unblemished record?
That answer came in the form of a 57-43 victory by the Windjammers. Thus, Camden Hills improved to 2-0, while Oceanside evened its mark at 1-1 — with 16 regular-season games remaining for both teams.
Camden Hills sailed to an 18-9 first-quarter lead and slowly built on that, with a 32-19 halftime edge and 42-29 advantage after three stanzas.
Foul trouble hampered the Mariners, who were whistled for 24 fouls to 12 for the Windjammers. In fact, two Oceanside players, Brooke Dugan and Ashley Gardner, fouled out, and Camden Hills made 19-of-31 free throws (61 percent) to 7-of-8 (88 percent) for Oceanside.
The Windjammers also held a 38-25 rebounding edge over the Mariners.
Keying the Windjammers was Maddie Bowman with a sensational 23-point performance, an effort that included eight points in the first quarter, nine in the second and six in the second half, along with sinking 7-of-10 foul shots.
Also, Charlotte Messer added 12 points for Camden Hills; Rachel Pease and Bekah Hilt, both six; and Eliza Boetsch and Jaclyn Gilson, both four; and Katie McMorrow, two. Messer also chipped in two assists and two steals; Hilt, 11 rebounds; and Pease, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.
For Oceanside, Emily Gould tallied 13 points; Brianna Dugan, nine; Makenna Brooks, seven; Brooke Dugan, six; Gardner, four; and Payton Billingsley and Lily Vachon, both two. Gould spread her offense out, with seven points coming in the fourth stanza.
"Oceanside is going to end up with a lot of wins this year," said Windjammer coach Marty Messer. "They are very balanced and their defense is going to cause a lot of problems for teams this year. I was pleased with our team and how we consistently attacked the basket off the dribble. That opened up a lot of good shooting opportunities for us. Hopefully our rebounding will carry us this year."
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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