Busline League basketball

Middle school squads take shots at late-November court success

Unbeaten MMS, Troy Howard boys, GSB, Boothbay girls top early-season standings
By Staff | Nov 30, 2012
Photo by: Ken Waltz With the Lion mascot painted on the wall as a backdrop, Camden-Rockport Middle School's Charlotte Messer, right, dribbles the ball past Troy Howard Middle School's Katy King in Busline League middle school eighth-grade basketball action Nov. 29 in Belfast. The visiting Schooners won 36-21.

A full slate of Busline League middle school seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls basketball action was on tap in recent days with squads from Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln counties in action on the hardwood.

Coaches from the large and small school divisions can report game results by emailing sports@courierpublicationsllc.com or by calling 594-4401, ext. 116.

The large school division regular-season standings as of Nov. 30 were:

Eighth-grade boys — Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro, 4-0; Wiscasset Middle School, 3-0; Boothbay Elementary School, 3-1; Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast, 2-1; Oceanside Middle School White of Thomaston/Rockland, 1-2; Searsport District Middle School, 1-2; Camden-Rockport Middle School, 1-3; Oceanside Middle School Blue of Thomaston/Rockland, 0-2; and Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, 0-4.

Eighth-grade girls — Great Salt Bay, 4-0; Medomak, 3-1; Camden-Rockport, 3-1; Boothbay, 2-2; Oceanside Blue, 1-1; Oceanside White, 1-2; Searsport, 1-2; Troy Howard, 0-3; and Wiscasset, 0-3.

Seventh-grade boys — Troy Howard, 5-0, Boothbay, 4-1; Oceanside West Blue, 4-1; Medomak, 3-2; Wiscasset, 2-3; Camden-Rockport, 1-3; Great Salt Bay, 0-4; and Oceanside West White, 0-5.

Seventh-grade girls — Boothbay, 5-0; Oceanside West Blue, 5-0; Oceanside West White, 3-2; Camden-Rockport, 2-2; Medomak, 2-3; Great Salt Bay, 1-3; Troy Howard, 1-4; and Wiscasset, 0-5.

The following is a recap of reported results from games played Nov. 27-29:

Large school division, girls

Camden-Rockport 8th 36, Troy Howard 21

At Belfast Nov. 29, the visiting Schooners kept the host Lions at arm's-length much of the game en route to the win. CRMS led 7-6, 16-6 and 30-15 at the quarter breaks, including holding the Lions scoreless in the second quarter.

Pacing the Schooners were Mara Dostie with 14 points; Charlotte Messer, 11; Maddie Wickenden, five; Rebekah Schade, four; and Mallory Caron, two. CRMS netted 3-of-10 foul shots (30 percent).

For the Lions, Hannah Richards tossed in 11 points; Katy King and Rainey Knowlton, both four; and Ray Luther, two. Troy Howard made 3-of-5 free throws (60 percent).

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Medomak 8th 31, Oceanside White 30

At Thomaston Nov. 29, the Riverhawks outscored the Mariners 13-3 over the final eight minutes and nipped the host Mariners by a point. Medomak led 9-8 after the first quarter, while the two teams were knotted 16-16 at halftime. Oceanside then took a 27-18 lead after three quarters.

Cassidy Taylor scored 12 points for Medomak, while Nicole Obuchon added seven; Amber Hagin and Maggie Aryan, both four; Breanna McKay, two; and Alika McMurrin and Victoria Wheaton, both one.

For Oceanside White, Haley Montgomery scored 12 points, while Kaylee McCorrison added six; Jillian Brooks, four; and Brianna White-Ortiz, Sydney Hall, Cassie Butler and Brianna Knowlton, all two.

The 'Hawks were 9-of-21 (43 percent) from the foul line, while the Mariners were 2-of-18 (11 percent).

Camden-Rockport 7th 38, Medomak 36

At Camden Nov. 28, the Schooners led nearly the entire way in a tightly-contested game and held on for a two-point win over the 'Hawks. Camden-Rockport led 6-5, 12-11 and 28-27 at the quarter breaks. Camden-Rockport's Abby O'Donal scored with 1.5 seconds remaining to win the game for the Schooners.

Claire Pierce scored 10 points for CRMS, while Audrey Clement and Malea Russell each tallied eight; O'Donal, four and Sarah Contento, Alli Wells, Emily Long and Katie Heavey, all two.

Cierra Dyer tossed in 13 points for Medomak, while Gabby DePatsy added nine; Hallie Kunesh, eight; and Nina McGrath, six.

Medomak netted 6-of-8 (75 percent) from the foul line, while Camden-Rockport missed all 11 attempts.

Oceanside Blue 7th 49, Troy Howard 12

At Belfast Nov. 28, the Mariners shut out the host Lions in the first quarter and never trailed en route to a convincing victory. Oceanside Blue led 8-0, 18-8 and 30-12 at the quarter breaks.

Casey Pine scored 12 points for the winners, while Gabby Simmons added 11; Taylor Hamlin, 10; Molly Spencer, six; Jordan Brackett and Zoe Goff, both four; and Kylie Farnham, two.

For Troy Howard, Alison Defeo and Madison Hemingway each scored four points, while Callie Cook and Emma Mehuren each added two.

Oceanside Blue converted 1-of-2 (50 percent) free throw attempts, while the Lions were 0-of-2.

Great Salt Bay 51, Oceanside White 33

At Thomaston Nov. 27, the Cougars jumped to an early first-quarter lead and cruised to victory over the Mariners. GSB led 20-9, 30-15 and 51-18 at the quarter breaks.

Oceanside White coach Greg Billingsley said Sydney Hall played stellar defense, as did Kaylee McCorrison, whose defense and play at point guard led to a late fourth-quarter run.

"It is still early in the season," he said. "We have a lot to work on to get better at what we do. I saw some good progress and some areas for improvement."

Haley Montgomery tossed in eight points to lead Oceanside White, while McCorrison added seven; Rachelle Thompson, six; Brianna White-Ortiz and Brianna Knowlton, both two; and Hall and Jillian Brooks, both one.

Brie Wajer tallied 14 points to lead the Cougars, while Christine Hilton and Brianna Genthner each added 10; Bailey Plourde, six; and Jenny Arter and Kaitlyn Feltis, both two.

The Mariners were 4-of-7 (57 percent) from the foul line, while the Cougars netted their only free throw.

Boothbay 45, Medomak 8th 27

At Boothbay Nov. 27, the Riverhawks dug themselves an early first-quarter hole and never recovered as the Wildcats prevailed by 18 points. Boothbay led 17-7, 25-12 and 33-20 at the quarter breaks.

"The Medomak girls did their best to rally, keeping the scoring per quarter more even the next three quarters, but they could not gain a lead," said Medomak girls coach Molly Brewer. "Medomak did an excellent job rebounding, both offensively and defensively."

Nicole Obuchon netted 12 points for Medomak, while Cassidy Taylor added five; Victoria Wheaton, four; and Maggie Ryan, Kelsey Grant and Alika McMurrin, all two.

For Boothbay, Alexis Welch scored 14 points, while Cagey O'Brien added 10; Katie Friant, nine; Angie Perkins, four; and Colette Bertin, Nicole Clarke, Victoria Rackliff and Mackenzie Abbott, all two.

The 'Hawks were 3-of-11 (27 percent) from the foul line, while the Wildcats were 6-of-12 (50 percent).

Large school division, boys

Medomak 8th 73, Oceanside White 49

At Waldoboro Nov. 29, the Riverhawks soared past the visiting Mariners and stayed unbeaten on the young season. Medomak led 22-10, 35-28 and 58-39 at the quarter breaks.

Patrick White and Cale Gee each tossed in 12 points for the winners, while Maty Moore and Nick Grover both added 11; Jonathan Allard, seven; Taylor McClain and Cam Martin, both six; and Laken Harrington, Adam Eutsler, Zidane McMurrin and Cam Allaire, all two.

For Oceanside White, Max Lombardo scored 12 points, while Coby Dorr added 11; Zach Davis, 10; Josef Berger, nine; David Kurr, six; and Nick Keene, one.

The 'Hawks were 4-of-10 (40 percent) from the foul line, while the Mariners were 7-of-19 (37 percent).

Searsport 50, Oceanside Blue 8th 38

At Thomaston Nov. 29, the Vikings held the Mariners at bay throughout the contest and pulled away late for a 12-point win. Searsport led 17-14, 23-21 and 36-32 at the quarter breaks.

Barrett Grant tossed in 18 points for Searsport, while Caleb Ackley added 13; Connor Kneeland and Ben Powell, both seven; and Liam MacMillan, five.

For Oceanside, Anthony Marsh netted 12 points, while Zack Robinson added 11; Sam Townsend, 10; Mitchell Delfrate and Jackson Arnsdorf, both two; and Gage Robinson, one.

Searsport converted 14-of-37 (38 percent) from the charity stripe, while Oceanside Blue netted 6-of-14 (43 percent).

Troy Howard 8th 50, Camden-Rockport 37

At Belfast Nov. 29, the Lions roared to a 13-point win over the visiting Schooners. The Lions led 15-5 at the end of the first quarter, 27-15 at halftime and 38-23 after three quarters.

Brandon Debrosky scored 15 points for CRMS, while Nate Raye added 10; Devin Vangel, eight; and Seth Young, four.

Garrett Hamlin keyed Troy Howard with 17 points, while Zane Bielenberg added 13; Nolan Woods, 10; Tyler Macleod, five; Tristan Roberts, three; and Gerard Coward, two.

The Schooners were 3-of-9 (33 percent) from the foul line and Troy Howard 4-of-10 (40 percent).

Camden-Rockport 7th 54, Medomak 41

At Camden Nov. 28, the Schooners picked up their first win of the season, this time by 13 points over the Riverhawks. Camden-Rockport led 19-12, 32-20 and 44-33 after three quarters.

Jesse Fraser had a sensational game for the Schooners, pouring in 22 points, along with seven rebounds and eight steals, while Lucas Boetsch turned in a 20-point, 15-rebound effort for the hosts. Also contributing to the offense were Conrad Crans (6 points, 6 rebound), Tucker Grinnell (3 points, 2 rebounds), Will Nickerson (2 points, 2 rebounds, steal) and Noah Erskine (point, 2 rebounds, 4 steals).

Jensen Willis tossed in 14 points for Medomak, while Josh Goldrup added seven; Collin Fournier, six; and Gavin Hargrove, five.

Camden-Rockport was 6-of-9 (67 percent) from the foul line and Medomak 5-of-9 (56 percent).

Oceanside White 47, Great Salt Bay 30

At Thomaston Nov. 27, the Mariners went on a 17-6 run in the second quarter and held the Cougars at bay in the second half to pick up the victory. Oceanside White led 10-8, 27-14 and 38-25 at the quarter breaks.

Colby Dorr tossed in 12 points for the winners, while Max Lombardo and Sam Atwood each added eight; Zach Davis, seven; Zach Gledhill, six; and Josef Burger, Noah Freeman and Davis Kurr, all two.

Riley Cushing scored 11 points for the Cougars, while Tyler Wood added eight; Kolton McKenney, four; Chris Sullivan, three; and Jacob Maker and Jon Pinkham, both two.

Medomak 8th 51, Boothbay 46

At Boothbay Nov. 27, the Riverhawks prevailed by five points in a back-and-forth affair. Medomak led 11-4 after the first quarter, while Boothbay took a 24-22 lead at halftime. Medomak then took a 38-33 lead after three quarters.

Taylor McLain scored 13 points for the 'Hawks, while Patrick White added 11; Maty Moore, nine; Jonathan Allard and Cameron Allaire, both four; Cale Gee, three; Laken Harrington, Isaac Eutsler and Kyle Donlin, all two; and Cameron Martin, one.

Jacob Leonard poured in 25 points for the Wildcats, while Michael Ripley added 13; Dima Gosselin and Leremy Holbrook, both three; and Carter Babcock, two.

The Riverhawks were 5-of-10 (50 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Wildcats were 8-of-12 (67 percent).

Wiscasset 44, Camden-Rockport 41

At Camden Nov. 27, the Schooners could not hold off the Warriors late in the game and fell by three points. Camden-Rockport led 16-14 after the first quarter and 27-23 at halftime, while Wiscasset took a 35-32 lead after three quarters.

Nate Raye poured in 17 points for CRMS, while Devin Vangel added 10 in the loss.

Schooner coach Ian MacKenzie said, despite Seth Young's tough play in the paint, the Warriors managed to pull ahead in the third quarter and the Schooners could not complete the comeback in the final stanza.

Searsport 55, Bucksport 36

At Searsport Nov. 27, in a non-Busline League game, the Vikings manhandled the Golden Bucks in the second and third quarter to pull away. Bucksport led 11-10 after the first quarter, while Searsport took a 32-20 lead at the half and a 44-29 lead after three quarters.

Barrett Grant poured in 20 points for the winners, while Caleb Ackley added 15; Ben Powell, 10; Liam MacMillan, four; and Connor Kneeland, Cameron Watt and Chris Evans, all two.

For Bucksport, Chase Carmichael tossed in 10 points, while Andy Allan added 10; Brody Boynton, five; Kiernan Huggins, four; Tyler Howes-Mosher, three; and Josh Geagan and Ian Bernier, both one.

Searsport netted 5-of-16 (31 percent) from the charity stripe, while Bucksport converted 9-of-24 (37 percent).

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

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