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Large school semifinal basketball playoffs a competitive blast

MMS, GSB, Oceanside, Troy Howard, Boothbay punch tickets to championship games
By Staff | Jan 18, 2013
Photo by: Ken Waltz Camden-Rockport Middle School's Tucker Grinnell, left, tries to dribble away from Troy Howard Middle School's Dakoda Doolan (11) and Nathaniel Johnson during a Jan. 17 Busline League middle school large school division boys seventh-grade basketball playoff game in Belfast. The Lions won to move onto the championship contest.

With only a few hours remaining in the Busline League middle school boys and girls large school division seasons, seven of the eight championship slots have been filled after exciting semifinal playoff games Thursday, Jan. 17.

The one playoff game remaining to be played will be seventh-grade girls action on Friday, Jan. 18, with No. 4 Camden-Rockport Middle School at No. 1 Boothbay Elementary School for the right to advance to the Busline League championships on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Medomak Middle School.

The winner of Friday's game will face No. 3 Oceanside Blue of Thomaston/Rockland for the seventh-grade girls crown. The other three championship games will feature: Eighth-grade boys — No. 1 Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro versus No. 2 Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast. Eighth-grade girls — No. 1 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta versus No. 3 Boothbay. Seventh-grade boys — No. 1 Troy Howard versus No. 3 Boothbay.

The schedule for Saturday's championship clashes will include: Seventh-grade boys, 10 a.m.; eighth-grade boys, noon; seventh-grade girls, 2 p.m.; and eighth-grade girls, 4 p.m.

The following is a recap of reported results from Jan. 17 semifinal playoff contests:

Eighth-grade girls

Boothbay 48, Camden-Rockport 42

At Camden Jan. 17, a competitive game ensued, with the visitors holding on down the stretch to pull out the victory and earn a berth in the championship game.

For the host Schooners, Charlotte Messer poured in 17 points, while Mara Dostie and Julia Holt both added eight; Maddie Wickenden, five; and Rebekah Schade and Haley Simmons, both two. Messer finished 5-of-6 from the foul line, Holt 2-of-4, Wickenden 3-of-7 and Schade 2-of-2.

For Boothbay, which led 24-21 at halftime, Cagney O'Brien tallied 18 points; Mackenzie Abbott, 11; Katie Friant, nine; Nicole Clarke, eight; and Alexis Welch, two.

"I'm very pleased with how the girls played," said Schooner coach Clairlynn Rountree. "We came back from a 10-point deficit in the first quarter with some excellent defense and great shot selection. The girls went into halftime down by only three points. Boothbay came out and made two 3-pointers and outscored us 16-8 in the third quarter. We came back and once again outscored them in the fourth [stanza] but came up a little short."

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No. 1 Great Salt Bay 51, No. 4 Oceanside Blue 21

At Damariscotta Jan. 17, the Cougars ripped the Mariner sails and cruised to the championship game with a 30-point victory. GSB led 16-6, 32-8 and 42-14 at the quarter breaks.

Olivia Staples and Elise Laslavic each netted four points for Oceanside Blue, while Casey Benner added three and Morgan Williams, Emily Hutchinson, Emma Lee, Jenna Conant and Sierra Beal, all two.

For Great Salt Bay, Bri Wajer scored 15 points, while Bailey Plourde added 14; Sophie Schumacher, nine; Christine Hilton, eight; Jenny Arter, four; and Kaitlyn Fehls, two.

Seventh-grade girls

No. 3 Oceanside Blue 37, No. 2 Oceanside White 31

At Thomaston Jan. 17, Oceanside Blue pulled away from their schoolmates down the stretch and advanced to the finals with a six-point win. Oceanside White led 8-5 after the first quarter and 23-13 at halftime, while Oceanside Blue took a 28-25 lead after three quarters.

Gabby Simmons poured in 21 points for the winners, while Casey Pine added six; Jordan Brackett, five; Taylor Hamlin, four; and Aubrey Doyle, one.

For Oceanside White, Aubrey Anderson scored 11 points, while Lauren Miller added nine; Amelia Miller, four; Charlotte Leparulo, three; Cassidy Boynton, two; and Amber Johnston and McKenzie Murray, both one.

Oceanside Blue was 12-of-19 (63 percent) from the foul line, while Oceanside White was 7-of-21 (33 percent).

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Eighth-grade boys

No. 1 Medomak 55, No. 4 Wiscasset 51

At Waldoboro Jan. 17, the Riverhawks overcame a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit and surged to the finals with a four-point win over the Warriors. Medomak led 18-15 after the first eight minutes and 28-22 at halftime, while Wiscasset took a 40-37 lead after three quarters.

Taylor McLain tossed in 22 points for Medomak, while Jonathan Allard added nine; Patrick White, eight; Maty Moore, six; Cale Gee, four; and Nick Grover and Cam Martin, both three.

For Wiscasset. Grant Hefler scored 21 points, while Ethan James added 20; Kevin Lynch, four; and Nate Woodman and Russell Marr, both three.

The 'Hawks were 6-of-11 (54 percent) from the foul line, while the Warriors were 7-of-11 (63 percent).

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No. 2 Troy Howard 64, No. 3 Boothbay 55

At Belfast Jan. 17, the Lions jumped to a comfortable lead early in the game and then overcame a furious Wildcat comeback to move on to th finals. Troy Howard led 15-2 after the first eight minutes and 21-18 at halftime, while Boothbay took a 36-33 lead after three quarters.

Nolan Woods netted 18 points for the Lions, while Zane Bielenberg tallied 14; Garrett Hamlin, 13; Tyler Macleod, 10; Gerard Coward, seven; and Edwin Johnson, two.

For Boothbay, Jacob Leonard poured a whopping 43 points, while Carter Babcock added 10 and Dima Gosselin two.

Troy Howard connected on 13-of-17 (76 percent) free-throw attempts, while Boothbay netted 7-of-8 (87 percent).

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Seventh-grade boys

No. 1 Troy Howard 60, No. 4 Camden-Rockport 19

At Belfast Jan. 17, the Lions roared out of the gate and into the finals with a 41-point win over the Schooners. Troy Howard led 16-8, 29-12 and 52-14 at the quarter breaks.

Sam Goguen tossed in 14 points for Troy Howard, while Tyler Bartlett added 11; Skylar Perkins, 10; Dakota Doolan and Stan Sturgis, both six; Grady Doolan, five; Ricky Smith, four; and Aaron Fuller, Jesse Perry and Troy Reed, all two.

For Camden-Rockport, Lucas Boetsch tallied eight points, while Tucker Grinnell added three and Jesse Fraser, Noah Erskine, Conrad Crans and Will Nickerson, all two.

The Lions were 5-of-21 (24 percent) from the foul line, while the Schooners were 0-of-5.

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No. 3 Boothbay 56, No. 2 Oceanside Blue 46

At Rockland Jan. 17, the Wildcats led for the majority of the contest and moved on to the finals with a 10-point win. Boothbay led 14-7, 25-21 and 44-35 at the quarter breaks.

Mike Norton Jr. poured in a game-high 31 points for the Mariners, while Jack Freeman, Hunter Davis and Logan Sheridan each added four; Nick Crawford-Crudell, two; and Kirt Ilvonen, one.

For Boothbay, Kyle Ames netted 25 points, while Jay Hasch added 13; Hunter Arsenault, nine; Cam Crocker, five; and Sam Burnham and Graham Bryer, both two.

The Mariners were 7-of-15 (47 percent) from the foul line, while the Wildcats were 6-of-12 (50 percent).

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Wiscasset at Medomak Middle School boys eighth-grade basketball
Wiscasset Middle School plays at Medomak Middle School in a Busline League boys eighth-grade basketball playoff Jan. 17 in Waldoboro. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer and Bryan Gess)
Boothbay Elementary School at Camden-Rockport Middle School girls eighth-grade basketball
Boothbay and Camden-Rockport battle Jan. 17 in a Busline League girls eighth-grade basketball playoff game in Camden. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer and Bryan Gess)
Boothbay Elementary School at Troy Howard Middle School boys eighth-grade basketball
Boothbay at Troy Howard boys eighth-grade basketball in a Busline League semifinal playoff game Jan. 17 in Belfast. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Bryan Gess)
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