In back-to-back thrillers, Oceanside settles for hard-fought weekend splitMariner senior Grover closes in on 1,000-point milestone
Rockland — In less than 24 hours, the Oceanside girls basketball team played two hard-fought, competitive, entertaining, down-to-the-wire regular-season home games against tough Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B opponents, with the Mariners earning a weekend split with Maranacook of Readfield and Leavitt of Turner.
The Mariners began the weekend with a 5-0 record and were ranked one of the top few teams in the league and in Eastern Class B, and after a heartbreaking two-point loss to the Hornets — on a basket in the final seconds — Friday night, Dec. 28 and then an overtime victory over the Black Bears Saturday afternoon, Dec. 29, Oceanside stands at 6-1 heading into the new year.
On Saturday, Oceanside rallied several times and then outlasted Maranacook 51-44 in overtime, while, less than 24 hours earlier, the Mariners lost their first game of the season, a tough-to-swallow 67-65 defeat to Leavitt when Mariah Treadwell scored the game-winning layout at the buzzer on a fullcourt pass from Kristen Anderson, who tossed in 43 points for the pesky Hornets.
Oceanside coach Teel Foster said her squad still does not realize how talented it is and can be, which was evident in the Mariners nearly beating Leavitt, a perennial state Class B championship contender.
To add drama to the weekend contests, Oceanside senior Kennadi Grover is closing in on 1,000 points for her career. She would be the first Mariner to accomplish that coveted feat in the school's two-year history.
Oceanside is the combination of the former Rockland District and Georges Valley high schools, both of which had a handful of 1,000-point scorers. Grover, who entered the weekend games needing 74 points to reach 1,000 for her career, tallied 35 in the two contest and is now 39 points from the coveted mark.
At RDHS, Rich Mazurek, Matt Breen (current Oceanside boys varsity coach), Terry Kenniston, Ernie Kavanagh and Caitlin Hynes were 1,000-point scorers. At GVHS, Travis Magnusson, Scott Johnson, Mia Lombardo and Chris Strong were 1,000-point scorers.
Grover scored a bundle of her career points in her freshmen and sophomore years for GVHS.
A recap of the Mariners' weekend games included:
The Mariners and Black Bears (3-4) were embroiled in a tight, competitive game Saturday afternoon, as Maranacook led 14-12 after the first quarter, 23-20 at halftime and 34-26 after three stanzas. The game was knotted 42-42 at the end of regulation. Oceanside outscored the Black Bears 9-2 in the four-minute OT. In fact, over the final 12 minutes, Oceanside outscored Maranacook 25-10.
Keying the Mariners were Grover with 14 points; Phoebe Ferraiolo, 10; Brooke Dugan, nine; Hannah Plourde, eight; Emily Gould, six; and Ashley Gardiner, four. The Mariners made 20-of-29 free throws (69 percent). In OT, the Mariners were 5-of-8 (63 percent) from the foul line and received four points from Grover.
Statistically, Gould (4 assists, 2 steals, 2 rebounds), Dugan (2 assists, 6 rebounds), Ferraiolo (12 rebounds, blocked shot), Grover (2 assists, 2 steals, 10 rebounds), Plourde (3 assists, 4 rebounds, block) and Gardiner (3 rebounds) led the way.
For the Black Bears, Christine Miller tossed in 21 points; Catherine Sanborn, eight; Elizabeth D'Angelo, seven; Ashley Belanger, Mariah Vining and Jessica Smith, all two; and Sage Hyland, one. Maranacook made 9-of-19 foul shots (47 percent).
With 2:08 remaining in regulation, Grover's two free throws gave the hosts a 39-38 lead. After the Black Bears took a 40-39 advantage, Grover netted another foul shot to tie the game 40-40 with about a minute remaining.
With 42 seconds left, D'Angelo scored for Maranacok to make it 42-40 and with 25 seconds remaining, a sweet pass from Gould to Ferraiolo for a hoop knotted the game 42-42. Sanborn hit the front of the rim with a long 3-point shot at the final buzzer.
Ferraiolo and Miller exchanged baskets to make it 44-44 early in OT, before Oceanside scored the final seven points, four from Grover, two from Plourde and one from Dugan.
In a battle of unbeaten teams who were at or near the top of their regions, the Hornets outlasted the Mariners 67-65 on a last-second basket Friday night. Leavitt led 19-14, 27-25 and 39-38 at the quarter breaks.
For the Mariners, Grover tossed in 21 points; Plourde, 17; Dugan, 12; Ferraiolo, 10; Emma Davis and Makenna Brooks, both two; and Gardner, one. Oceanside made 12-of-24 free throws (50 percent).
Gould (2 assists, 3 rebounds), Dugan (2 assists, 2 steals, 5 rebounds), Ferraiolo (9 rebounds), Grover (12 rebounds), Plourde (2 assists, 2 steals, 9 rebounds) and Davis (2 rebounds) led the statistics. The Mariners also had 24 turnovers.
For Leavitt, Anderson tossed in 43 points, including making six 3-pointers. She drilled 7-of-8 free throws, and scored 11 points in the first quarter, 10 in the second, eight in the third and 14 in the fourth. Anderson is expected to play Division I college basketball next year at the University of New Hampshire.
Also scoring for the Hornets, who made 11-of-20 foul shots (55 percent), were Treadwell with 11 points; Jenna Cote, six; Chantel Fells, three; Bri DeGone, two; and Tatiana Sierra, one.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (6-1, 16.2037 points) is second, while Presque Isle (8-0, 22.7778 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Of note, Leavitt is 6-0 (21.6048 points) and first in the 18-team Western Class B region.
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