Mid-game burst, free throws, Messer, Pease lift Camden Hills over OceansideBrooks tosses in game-high 18 points in losing effort for host Mariners
Rockland — Camden Hills used a 14-0 scoring burst during the second and third quarters, stellar performances in opposite halves from Charlotte Messer and Rachel Pease and accurate foul shooting to halt a six-game losing streak en route to 47-39 high school girls basketball victory over host Oceanside Friday night, Jan. 17.
The most recent previous win by the Windjammers, who started the campaign 4-0 before losing six straight contests, was a 63-30 decision over Mount View of Thorndike Dec. 14. Additionally, Camden Hills defeated Oceanside 57-43 Dec. 10 in Rockport.
On Friday night, the strong all-around efforts of Messer and Pease, buoyed by solid performances of several teammates, overshadowed a tremendous 18-point effort from Mariner Makenna Brooks.
Pease finished with 15 points, 13 of those in the first half, while Messer ended with 17 points, 14 in the second half and 12 in the pivotal fourth quarter. Messer essentially carried the visitors to the win with her impressive play down the stretch.
Oceanside led 13-10 after one quarter before Camden Hills soared ahead 24-21 and 31-28 at the next two breaks of the competitive 32-minute affair.
For Camden Hills, Messer scored 17 points; Pease, 15; Bekah Hilt, seven; Maddie Bowman, three; Eliza Boetsch and Macy Buck, two; and Jaclyn Gilson, one.
The Windjammers made 17-of-24 free throws (71 percent), including 10-of-13 (77 percent) in the final quarter. Messer iced 8-of-9 (89 percent) and scored 12 points to push the visitors to victory in the final eight minutes.
For Oceanside, Brooks tossed in 18 points; Emily Gould and Lily Vachon, both five; Alexis Davis, three; Payton Billingsley and Brooke Dugan, each three; and Kalyn Grover, two.
Vachon, Brooks and Gould connected on 3-pointers and the Mariners made 3-of-10 foul shots (30 percent).
Brooks tallied seven points in the first quarter, two in the third and nine in the closing eight minutes.
Statistically, Pease (13 rebounds, 4 steals, 5 blocked shots), Hilt (11 rebounds), Gilson (6 rebounds, 4 assists), Bowman (2 rebounds, 4 assists) and Messer (3 rebounds, 3 steals) keyed Camden Hills.
For Oceanside, Davis (7 rebounds), Gould (3 assists, 3 rebounds), Brooks (2 rebounds), Brooke Dugan (2 assists, 3 rebounds), Billingsley (3 assists, 3 rebounds), Ashley Gardner (2 rebounds) and Vachon (2 assists) led the charge.
The Windjammers outrebounded the Mariners 36-22 thanks.
Both teams had periods of the game in which they went ice cold shooting from the floor.
As she is in most games, the 6-foot 2-inch Pease proved a disruptive force in the paint with blocked shots, rebounds and alternating many Mariner shot attempts.
In the first quarter, it turned out to be the Pease show for Camden Hills as she tallied all 10 points in the stanza for the visitors. For Oceanside, Brooks scored seven, Billingsley three (on a trey), Gould two and Davis one.
In the second quarter, the offense was spread out for Camden Hills as Hilt finished with four points, Pease and Messer both three and Buck and Boetsch both two. For the Mariners, Gould drilled a 3-pointer and Brooke Dugan had three points and Vachon two.
The end of the second quarter and start of the third was the time when Camden Hills essentially won the game and Oceanside lost it. Brooke Dugan gave the hosts a 21-16 lead with a drive with 2:42 left in the second. From that point, the Windjammers went on a 14-0 run over the next 7:59 covering the end of the second and start of the third quarters.
Hilt's bank with 1:05 left gave Camden Hills a 22-21 edge, a lead the visitors did not relinquish. Boetsch also scored down the stretch to give Camden Hills a 24-21 halftime cushion.
The visitors continued their offensive burst at the start of the third stanza as Messer connected on two shots and Pease a putback to make it 30-21. Brooks halted the run with a score with 3:33 remaining in the third.
In fact, the Mariners surged back as Vachon canned a trey from the top of the key with 1:17 left and Grover scored with 11.6 seconds left to draw Oceanside within 30-28. But that was as close as the hosts got as Messer hit key hoops and free throws down the stretch to foil the Mariners and lift the Windjammers.
"We won this game with defense and rebounding, especially in the second half," said veteran Camden Hills coach Marty Messer. "Oceanside wouldn't quit and battled hard until the end. This was a huge victory for us because of our recent losing streak and also because Oceanside is a talented team that will be worth a lot of Heal Points."
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (6-6, 38.5802 points) is fifth and Camden Hills (5-6, 23.7654 points) 10th. Presque Isle (13-0, 68.0556 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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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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